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According to Zimbabwe’s highly defective donor-imposed new constitution, the people can remove a president through a vote of no confidence. However, the process prescribed by this deeply flawed pseudo-democratic document makes it all but impossible to effect such a change.
The constitution says the senate and national assembly, “by a joint resolution passed by at least two-thirds of their total membership, may pass a vote of no confidence in the Government.”
The obvious problem with this is that this clause does not make a distinction between the various arms of government: the executive, which would be the target of the vote, the judiciary and the legislature, which is supposed to initiate the process.
The process described in the constitution is so cumbersome as to render such action impossible. The speaker of parliament must be given seven days’ notice of the motion, which must be signed by at least half of the members of the national assembly. Further to that, the motion for a vote of no confidence must be debated by a joint sitting of both houses of parliament within 21 days after the speaker is given notice.
To obfuscate the matter, if parliament passes the ‘no confidence’ resolution, the president does not have to go. All he has to do is to remove cabinet ministers and deputies and appoint other people of his own choice to replace them. Alternatively, the president can dissolve parliament and call for a general election within 90 days. This is the main reason why a ‘no confidence’ motion will never see the light of day in Zimbabwe. None of our bootlicking MPs would want to be on the street even for a day, unsure whether they will make it back into the house or not.
So, while the constitution gives us false hope that we can have a vote of no confidence passed on Mugabe, the practical reality is that this will never happen in Zimbabwe. Our parliament is dominated by two political parties whose agenda is to loot the state treasury under the guise of representation. The MDC-T and Zanu PF leaders have resolved that Mugabe must stay in power until he dies. They will not do anything to upset the apple cart.
However, we the people would like to tell Mugabe and his cronies that we have totally lost confidence in his misrule disguised as leadership. We have no confidence in his attempts to feed his militias, relatives and hangers on under the pretence of running an economic programme. We have no confidence in his wife Grace Mugabe’s attempts to run the cabinet from her bedroom under the guise of ending factionalism. We have no confidence that the serious challenges facing Zimbabwe can be resolved by a 92 year-old, half-blind man who goes into meetings to sleep instead of dealing with the problems. We have no confidence that Mugabe can steer us out of the doldrums into which he plunged us through corruption, mismanagement and cronyism. Above all, we have no confidence that a cabinet made up mostly of the inept president’s clueless, thieving relatives, girlfriends and others appointed to solve Zanu PF’s factional problems can run the country effectively.
For all these reasons, we have no confidence in Mugabe. He should just do the honourable thing, which is to step down before disgruntled Zimbabweans push him out. Mugabe must be compelled to leave office because he has failed to uphold the constitution and ensure a decent standard of living for all people, not just members of his party.
Millions of Zimbabweans are languishing at home and in foreign countries because this regime is doing everything to destroy whatever they are trying to do to sustain themselves. More than 90 per cent of the population is unemployed. Many of them are desperately trying to eke out a living as vendors on the dirty streets. Mugabe’s goons regard such people as a security threat to be swept off the streets instead.
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