Mugabe absence from ‘Yes’ campaign raises eyebrows

POLITICAL analysts yesterday said President Robert Mugabe’s conspicuous absence from the “Yes” vote campaign on the draft constitution could signify he is not comfortable explaining democratic provisions he had been trying to suppress for many years.

REPORT BY VENERANDA LANGA

On the other hand, the analysts said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s vigorous campaigns were stimulated by an opportunity that has arisen for him to appeal to the electorate to vote for the MDC-T during the forthcoming elections.

Political analyst Effie Ncube said Mugabe was now very old and might not have the energy to move around campaigning for the draft charter. The biggest challenge for him was to explain to the people why all these years he had been comfortable with the Lancaster House Constitution instead of pushing for a people driven one.

“The President might not be taking part personally in the campaigns because he is not a democrat and this draft constitution was forced on him by Sadc and the people of Zimbabwe,” Ncube said.

“He is no longer marketable and has gone beyond the sell-by date. He knows it would be difficult for him to explain to the people why an 89-year-old still wants to stand for elections and why he is now supporting a constitution which has things like freedom of the Press, because that is what he has been fighting against all along,” he said.

Ncube said it was a chance for Tsvangirai to take advantage of the fact that he would speak to the electorate without experiencing political dangers associated with campaigning.

Another political analyst Alexander Rusero said MDC-T had not been visible prior to the Government of National Unity and this was a chance for Tsvangirai to use the platform of constitution-making to mix and mingle with the electorate.

“The draft constitution is more of a score to the MDCs than Zanu PF because it is part and parcel of their roadmap. Zanu PF is not sincere about the draft constitution because they have been comfortable with the Lancaster House Constitution since independence,” he added.

Jonathan Kadzura, a political analyst, however, said Tsvangirai was confused and did not know whether to campaign for the “Yes” vote or for his party.

“He is taking advantage of the exposure during the ‘Yes’ vote campaigns which will assist him to campaign for his presidential vote. He is also trying to cast a view that the draft constitution was in fact his own idea, which is a fallacy. President Mugabe has been campaigning for the ‘Yes’ vote in newspapers and electronic media and has more important things to do rather than going to villages to campaign for the ‘Yes’ vote,” Kadzura said.

14 Responses to Mugabe absence from ‘Yes’ campaign raises eyebrows

  1. josefa chinotimba March 14, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    MDC T is on a winning streak.

  2. muzezuru March 14, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    tsano do u really know the meaning of democracy. In ademocracy people are not told to just vote Yes vasingazive constitution. U r a journalist bt yr reporting @ times i just wonder hw u do yr investigations dnt write abt deemocracy when u dnt understand its meaning. Ndinotonyarira vaTsvangirai makore ese gumi nematatu vachiti tiri kuita democracy ndiyo democracy yacho here iyi izvi zvinontadzisa izvi

  3. Baba chinja March 14, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Hahaha he wil nt waste tym campaignng cz the outcome is knwn.this tym i wil vote for the first tym coz last tyms l cldnt cz lm foreinezh.

  4. Baba chinja March 14, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Hahaha he wil nt waste tym campaignng cz the outcome is knwn.this tym i wil vote for the first tym coz last tyms l cldnt cz lm foreinezh. This erection wl be exciting cz in my constituence we hv 6 ZPF candidates 4 MP post. Imwe inofira pamaprymary this year.inonzi tongona, kuzoti age ndoichauraya vamwe.pakaipa lyk we say in 2013!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Baba chinja March 14, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Hahaha! he wil nt waste tym campaignng cz the outcome is knwn.this tym i wil vote for the first tym coz last tyms l cldnt cz lm foreinezh. This erection wl be exciting cz in my constituence we hv 6 ZPF candidates 4 MP post. Imwe inofira pamaprymary this year.inonzi tongona, kuzoti age ndoichauraya vamwe.pakaipa lyk we say in 2013!!!!!!!!!!

  6. atp March 14, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Spammer my foot. The constitution is a product of the MDC and the people of Zimbabwe,thus very true and no one can dispute that except the stupid Jonathan Kadzura who thinks its Zanu Pf’s work done.Morgan can both campaign for a YeS vote and presidential elections if he so wishes.

  7. Zanupffree March 14, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Nhai Jonathan Kadzura confused as you are as demonstrated by your chairmanship at AirZimbabwe you think going to the villages by the state president is not important? Does campaining for both Yes vote and presidency confusion in any way? Uuh such thinking is bad and equally dangerous. Its factual that His Exellence is old, tired and naturally wringled. God bless Zimbabwe.

  8. Toots March 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    This Kadzura guy anenge ane mweya. Is he saying that the constitutions is not very important?

  9. Tawonga March 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Jonathan Kadzura is just a bootlicker!

  10. Sekuru Gudo March 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    President Mugabe has been campaigning for the ‘Yes’ vote in newspapers and electronic media and has more important things to do rather than going to villages to campaign for the ‘Yes’ vote,” Kadzura said. VaKadzura tiitirei serious, what is more important than the whole of Zimbabweans who have been ransomed since time immemorial

  11. Phunyukabemphethe March 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    The Gukurahundi knows there is no need of explaining anything because a YES vote is guaranteed.

    However he doesnt know he is being very shortsighted since the MDC-T as using this opportunity to campaign for elections, not the referendum!

  12. Dzvinyangoma March 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    It must be really quiet on the news front. Mugabe never campaigned for a yes vote for the 2000 draft constitution so no surprises that he is not doing it for this one. People seem to just like to raise their eyebrows over nonsense. In any case he has delegated to his prime minister to do which is why Tsvangirai is tripping over himself. By the way Odinga did not benefit electorally from campaigning for a yes vote for the new Kenyan constitution.

  13. Mutirowafanza March 15, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    What does a spammer do? Does it make sperms?

  14. Mutirowafanza March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Kadzura is singing for his supper. He is an asslicker. He brought Air Zimbabwe down to its knees.

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