Mugabe attacks weaken State institutions

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe’s unrelenting attacks on the very foundations of this country’s constitutionalism continued unabated last week, this time he trained his sights on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC).

NewsDay Comment

President R.G.Mugabe
President R.G.Mugabe

It is common knowledge and well-documented that some Zanu PF officials are using food aid as a political tool and ZHRC was only reiterating what is already in the public domain.

Instead of taking a hard look into findings of the ZHRC investigation, Mugabe accused the body of being an international headline-seeker and all but rubbished their findings.

Since Mugabe felt agitated by the report, what he should have done was to engage ZHRC and investigate their findings and, where possible, rebuke his party members, who are using food aid as a political tool.

Mugabe’s statements on Friday would have had carried weight if the ZHRC was the only body to issue such an adverse report on food distribution, but other organisations have reported similar findings.

To their credit ZHRC cited examples of incidences when food aid was distributed on partisan lines, which Mugabe cannot simply wish away.

We do not know whether this was just political rhetoric and grandstanding, but Mugabe’s attack on the ZHRC has opened up room for similar attacks from zealots in his party.

ZHRC is an independent body, whose job is to investigate human rights abuses and it should be supported by all means possible.

We hope that ZHRC is not cowed by the savaging they received from Mugabe and that this episode strengthens them in their resolve to shine the light into the dark corners of human rights abuses in the country.

It is not lost on many that the attack came shortly after another such blasting of the judiciary, as Mugabe also savaged judges for ruling the protests to go ahead, as allowed by the law.

Mugabe cannot and should not expect the judiciary and any other bodies to always give favourable rulings for his party, and where they do not, he should not consider this as a slight on him and his party, but rather an opportunity to fix obvious ills.

Instead of undermining the judiciary or the ZHRC, the President has a duty to ensure that these bodies are protected and encouraged, as this is the only way the country can progress.

The strength and independence of statutory bodies, such as the ZHRC, should be the very foundations on which the country is built on, as they reiterate the equality of every Zimbabwean, regardless of what political party they belong to.


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  2. The socio-economic foundation of this country was formed around that of Rhodesia and based on the exploitative capitalist system established by Cecil John Rhodes. The current constitution is a result of the inputs of many stakeholders and most of them sympathetic to the western capitalist system of exploitation. For example the Human Rights aspects were introduced into the constitution by UN based organizations through foreign funded NGOs and opposition political parties to undermine the genuine and sustainable socio-economic empowerment of black Zimbabweans whilst maintaining white capital and privileges. So when Mugabe attacks or undermines the constitution he is not undermining the economic empowerment of Zimbabweans but he is weakening the very foundations of the capitalist system fronted by NGOs and at the same time attacking black accomplices of the capitalist system. The president has a clear understanding of the motives behind this human rights agenda, so does a number of ordinary Zimbabweans. #Rhodes must go!

    • put simply put you do not think Mugabe should behave like every other human ?That he can make laws sympathetic to himself and be accountable to no-one? Smith did not even have one ounce of the racism, venom and hatred Bob has, he has rewritten the constitution to suit an autocratic apartheid one party regime, none of which considered it’s subjects , the people. He has presided over more orchestrated tribal atrocity than most African leaders he has willingly destroyed an industrial,agriculture and manufacturing sector by forcing a brain drain,3/4 mill diaspora. Every decent human being should be asking for I’m to face the hague

  3. Sod off! What understanding does this pathetic administrator have of running anything? He has ruined everyone’s future including yours. Capitalism is the one of the systems that works consistently, all others have succumbed to it. Marxism, Communism et all have all been subjugated by capitalism. Your president has experimented with most of these, and the results are all clear to see, if your eyes and mind are open. Admire your “president” alone – don’t infuse the stupidity on everyone else.

  4. ADF whether you are a planted informer or not,the fact remains,this current regime has failed the people.No amount of your rantings or your leaders will change the directoin of the wind.Its as simple as that.What makes you support a leader who does not even approve people from his own party?So he is the party ,the party ends with him?And you go on to blame Smith and western influence for that?You are even crazier than your dear leader.

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  5. This ranting and raving will only brew more unrest because the people have no option dealing with an unfeeling oppressor who insists that he must be allowed to go on looting while they go hungry. his anger or dismay will only cause more mayhem because we sahll not allow him to have his way if his way means continued genocidal tendencies. Kujaidzwa uko!

  6. @ Mark Longhurst, having selective memories or using the race card contrary to facts does not help your case. Cecil John Rhodes behaved the way he saw fit to the black people of Southern Africa for his personal benefit and for the benefit of his own people. If you think Zimbabweans are racist go down south and ask Julius Malema, he will tell you of black genocide not white genocide. Mugabe is too much of a gentleman to talk about this I am sure.

    @ Janana wa Bikaz, at law it is said ignorance is no defense. Read your history of Southern Africa including its Geography, its politics from 1800 AD. Also read the history of Europe and America from the same time, 1800 AD, them put into context what I am talking about. If you do not know of understand the subject matter it is better to say I do not know than to display your intellectual naivety.

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