Much as I dislike political horse-trading, government of national unity (GNU) and national transitional authorities (NTA), it may be necessary to postpone 2018 elections to carry out the necessary amendments.
By Justice Takesure,Our Reader
As pointed out by Veritas in a story in your Monday issue, we have too wicked and primitive laws to ensure free and fair elections in October 2019 for a new government to be sworn into office.
In the meantime, the two or three parties in Parliament may enter into a GNU or NTA, with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai as one of the two Vice-Presidents.
That will ensure a well-deserved and nice retirement package for him, should he feel like calling it a day, at the beginning of 2020.
While we are at it, in amending laws to ensure free and fair elections, we should also constitutionally fix at affordable levels of all government institutions, abolishing some in the process.
The Legislature, for example, should be limited at 120 lawmakers in total, the Executive at 15 ministries.
Provincial ministers’ posts must be abolished while the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is pruned to a total of 17 000 men and women as the Zimbabwe Republic Police is right-sized to 20 000 officers.
In the interest of national stability, peace and economic growth, the Constitution could also be amended so that the 30-member Senate has a 10-year life-span, with only those 40 years and above, but below 75 years of age eligible for election.
The 90-member Lower House of Assembly would still enjoy a five-year life-span and requiring a minimum age of 25 years to be eligible for election.
The Presidency must be limited to a one seven-and-a-half-year term to ensure the incumbent is focused on the economy, and not politics.
There should be only one VP, who will automatically succeed the incumbent President, should he or she, for any reason relinquish office before his or her term expires.