‘I did it for people’s democratic right’ Jealousy Mawarire


ALMOST a year after the July 31 general elections that were won by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, economists say life has become tougher for most Zimbabweans more than ever before. The Zanu PF government doesn’t seem to have any clue as to how to pull the country out of the mud.

Everson Mushava

The success of the party’s economic blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), depends on the injection of big money into the economy, which is not readily available. The unity government in place from 2009 up to last year between Mugabe, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube (MDC) had brought economic stability to the country.

But a year after Mugabe’s electoral victory, Zimbabweans have been awakened to the crude reality of a falling economy and a paralysing cash squeeze.

NewsDay Chief Reporter Everson Mushava (ND) hooked up with Jealousy Mawarire (JM), a Zimbabwean citizen based in Harare who dragged Mugabe to court and forced an election without reforms as prescribed by the Sadc-brokered power-sharing pact to establish if he does not have any regret over the way things have turned to be after his Constitutional Court (ConCourt) victory against Mugabe.

Below are excerpts of the interview.

ND: When you took President Mugabe to court, you went down in history as that Zimbabwean who was bold enough to approach the courts and end the coalition government then in existence, but almost a year after the polls, with the current economic hardships under Zanu PF’s single-face government, don’t you feel like you will go down in history as someone who facilitated unprecedented suffering of the same Zimbabweans you purported to represent when you went to court?

JM: When I approached the ConCourt with my application on May 2 2013, my drive and overarching conviction was not to make history, but to correct it. We were surely, and for some time, between June 29 and July 31, living in an unfortunate historical epoch where President Mugabe, former Prime Minister Tsvangirai and the Cabinet were governing without a parliament and this country was mutating into a dictatorship that I felt would have resulted in a leadership accountable to itself and if this did not frighten you, then certainly nothing about bad governance will.

It is this situation that the application sought to correct and just as I was on May 31 when the ConCourt ruled in my favour, I am still convinced I made the right decision.

I know the economic situation is not good, but I also know that the people making a lot of noise are those that lost in the elections and subsequently lost the privileges that came with being in government.

I am aware most of those who lost have fallen on hard times. If this class represents all Zimbabweans in your own definition, then surely you should think again about your characterisation of a Zimbabwean.

What I did was to afford the people of Zimbabwe their democratic right to choose their leaders and what this government does is nothing of my business. I managed to set a precedent that elections should be held when they are due and whether this government they chose will deliver, it is outside the import of my court application.

ND: Some people still think you were used by Zanu PF which had put in place its logistics for the elections and was desperate to end the coalition government. Now that Zanu PF won, don’t you think these people have a case?

JM: I don’t know if the Zanu PF that you are talking of is the one that left it so late to come up with candidates for an election you say it had planned well in advance including also being part of my ConCourt application.

I think those who still think Zanu PF thinks for me and make decisions on my behalf are just denialists who do not want to acknowledge the gift in other people.

I have done several things in life on my own to warrant some modicum of respect especially from fellow journalists who know me professionally. So people are allowed to keep on speculating for as long as their speculations falsely satisfy and sanitise their delusions, that is their business and I don’t seem to worry about that.

ND: Now, almost a year after you won your case in the ConCourt, are you at liberty to give us a hint about who financed your application?

JM: I have told you guys time and again my application was sponsored by donors, donors who have been funding my organisation’s activities since inception in February 2011. If you have checked our website, you can get a clue on the organisations that have been partnering with us.

ND: When the ConCourt ruled in your favour, President Mugabe was ordered to pay your costs, has he done that?

JM: He hasn’t as yet, but we have been in touch with his lawyers and the process to have the payments made has been initiated and we are hopeful the payments would be done soon since the President indicated he was abiding by the ruling and was not keen on being in contempt of court.

ND: Zimbabwe now has a government; do you think the government is living to the people’s expectations?

JM: Honestly I think it is still too early to judge this government. Even those who are obsessed with American democracy and therefore think the US governance system is the best on the planet give themselves at least 100 days to make initial assessments on the effectiveness of their policies.

Be that as it may, I am thoroughly convinced we are moving in the right direction.

I have seen a lot of enthusiasm among ministers that was not there during the tenure of the government of national unity, the President has set the tone on fighting corruption and the investigations of high-profile police officers is definitely a positive.

As a trained media person, I am naturally inclined to pay much of my attention to that sector and I have been impressed with the talk around digitalisation in electronic broadcasting and the imminent end of the ZBC-TV monopoly as a result.

I have also seen, and am impressed with what the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and his deputy have been doing, availing themselves to every media organisation to understand, in loco, their challenges and the expectations these media houses have on the new government.

This goes a long way in sweetening the poisoned media waters that had contributed immensely to the demonisation of this country and its leadership with devastating effects on business and the economy.

I have also heard the Minister of Mines promising to account for every diamond and this is very welcome. The public has already benefited from debt cancellations by parastatals, which I think was long overdue.

ND: Now that you have touched the issue of the economy, do you think the elections brought in a government capable of turning around the economy?

JM: Turning around the economy will not solely depend on the capabilities within the new government. What we need is the grace of God that would ensure all those that we have put in leadership positions understand that they have been mandated to serve people, not to help themselves on national resources.

We can have an anti-corruption drive that can net in as many corrupt officials as we can, which I think should still be done, but we need the grace of God to turn these corrupt minds and hearts to reason even without the fear of jail, but through the fear of the Lord.

I am confident if we address the issue of corruption in public offices, it will be a job half done as far as turning this economy around is concerned.

But as I said earlier, it is too early to judge, but all indications are that the systems are in place, we no longer have the albatross of a coalition and I don’t see any reason why this government cannot deliver on its promises and meet the expectations of the electorate.


  1. His ConCourt victory is the most unfortunate event that occurred in the history of Zimbabwe because he exposed the very majority he purports to protect by forcing an election without the conducive environment for free and fairness. Its myopic of this guy and there is nothing proffessional out of what he did as he claims, shot of being used by the system and his donor partners are obviously the the Gvt in power.

    • i agree gway and in light of gwayas comment whos side is this guy on.a lot of??? marks.concourt rules against mugabe?

  2. I know nothing about you Sir but something tells me I love you. Keep on keeping on Mr. Mawarire. Who knows, maybe the grace of Almighty God will prove sufficient for our nation as it did with Apostle Paul. God bless you and your family.

  3. Ooooh my…this guy is clueless.His chatacterisation of the Zimbanweans at large is blatant, myopic and bias.Just wlk arnd the streets of Hre in the evening and see for yourseld tht times are.hard.Companies are closing,civil servants are getting paid later something i have never heard of,Graduates are on the streets no wek to talk of and yet he talks of a system in place.Wht system??At ths rate we are doomed, with our old guard tht z selfish, directionless and above all corrupt…CRY MY MOTHERLAND…

  4. You r very stupid Mawarire.musoro wakazara mvura.y dnt u want to admit facts?Zanu has failed,economic meltdown n pple r suffering.


  5. If ever there is going to be a dark day in Zimbabwe’s history it is this Concourt Victory day for jeaslousy Mawarire. he fed Zimbabweans to the dogs and if he was a man enough he would do the Judas Iscariot thing just burst open that belly. Of course we know it was not his project.

  6. Newsday, why give morons who we had forgotten a platform to show us their allegiance? This fool never did it for us. It was a planned thing to rush us into pre determined votes. Their time us coming

  7. Its amazing what some people can do for the love of money. l dont know what reward he received but condeming an entire nation including some of his relatives to abject poverty must have made him a bundle

  8. I knew this kudhara that this fool called JM was only there to benefit himself. He pocketed money at the expense of ordinary zimbabweans… Coz the RGM when he was supposed to announce the by elections dates for vacant seats during the GN, he was saying the government had no money, and he always objected the ruling. Now when JM went to court and hiding behind democratic rights of zimbabweans, RGM was quick to say yes I have to announce the elections coz it benefitted him. Now Zimbos are suffering at the expense of these morons

  9. i have nothing against mawarire. the law empowered him to make the application. i just have serious discomfort where he peddles the fallacy that, ‘We were surely, and for some time, between June 29 and July 31, living in an unfortunate historical epoch where President Mugabe, former Prime Minister Tsvangirai and the Cabinet were governing without a parliament and this country was mutating into a dictatorship that I felt would have resulted in a leadership accountable to itself and if this did not frighten you, then certainly nothing about bad governance will’…. both the new and old constitutions allowed for government to exist for at least 3 months without a Parliament

    its self defeating to be honest, the democracy mawarire so proudly claims he was attempting to safeguard with his ill informed application was ultimately sacrificed by an election date that ultimately frustrated the pursuit of free and fair democratic elections

  10. Takachekereswa nemunhu uyu democracy is not in the number of elections that we do but the counting u sucrifised a chance 4 Zimbabweans to hv a Fair election

  11. Even a born-blind can clearly see who this Mawarire was working for & is still working for. What has the US democracy got to do
    with our failed lot? Please Mawarire, you were paid for your job & now shut up..We never needed you at all….
    Surely this Mawarire just like his paymasters,does not have a conscience. He laments that it’s too early to judge this gvt which has been in power ever since 1980 ! It is very,very clear that the ruling party has totaly failed & clueless on how to turn around
    the country’s free falling economy. One does not have to go to school to see this glaring failure.
    Elsewhere we are told that dialogue is irrelevant to Zim’s economic problems. Typical arrogance by pple only concerned about
    winning elections at whatever cost. Of course why should they care about the pple who rejected them at the just ended polls?
    The whole nation has to suffer for the sins of rejecting the anointed ones.

  12. this guy accelarated the transition from little to more suffering. He was backed by zanu pf for the court application thts why he won. Its almost a year after the election and he is still saying ts too early to judge whether the cabinet is doing well. Praising jonathan Moyo for the changes he made is unworthy as nothing has surfaced yet. I wish ths guy could leave sam levy for once to see how we are suffering.

  13. the fact that he has not been paid the costs says it all ,he is part of the rot ,his rights for what,these were zanu pf rights,what talent has he got if he is that talented why dont he challenge mugabe for president,he s just talking nonsense.

  14. Jealousy Mawarire (JM) can deny a thousand times that he was not and is not in collusion with ZanuPF.
    Zimbabweans know and understand why opponents (including Biti et al.) of MDC(T)- Tsvangirai are encouraged, approved, left alone or never get molested by ZanuPF.

    Iwe Jelousy Mawarire get this, ” We are wide awake! Takasvinura!”

  15. Stupid guy! Did I, as a Zimbabwean revoke my constitutional right to go to elections so early? Does my right as a Zimbabwe not to go to election fall second to that of Jerasi Mawarire? Did I ask you to do it on my behalf? You did not do it for Zimbabweans Mr Moron! Shame that you want to hide behind Zimbabweans and their constitution

  16. If he truly believes that what he did was for the benefit of Zimbabweans let him walk the streets of Harare with a T-Shirt bearing his name

  17. this government u a saying is in its infantsb u a liar it ruled 33 years up to nw they hv no clue on how govern iwe ukati mukadzi wako wawagara naye 34 years woti haumunzwisise aaaah wanyepa iwe

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