Monday, August 18, 2008

What Does the Zimbabwean Constitution Say?

It's all well and good that the negotiations for a government of 'national' unity in Zimbabwe is making progress but there is nothing in the Constitution of Zimbabwe to justify it.


Article 27
(1) There shall be a President who shall be Head of State and Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces.
(2) The President shall take precedence over all other persons in Zimbabwe

What this means, is that everyone agrees that the Constitution has little meaning so what is necessary is an answer to the immediate Mugabe/Tsvangarai debacle. It seems that these governments of national unity are going to be a trend. They should be resisted. They are a short-term solution to an underlying crisis (whether in Zimbabwe or Kenya or Iraq) and merely putting off a meaningful soultion.

And what about the rights of the people to choose a government?

Foolish question.

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