Following the government’s decision to ban all demonstrations that had been planned by the MDC to push for political and economic reforms, the opposition and civil society now have to decide on what to do next.
In the latest “Big Saturday Read”, constitutional law expert, academic and political commentator, Alex Magaisa said the events of last week and this week have proved that the system and its laws are unjust and there is little possibility that the opposition will get justice.
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Either the opposition will comply with the unjust system, hoping to be accommodated or defy unjust laws and systems. Magaisa argues:
For the MDC and its allies in civil society, they face deep philosophical and practical questions. Having amply demonstrated that the system and its laws are unjust and that there is no likelihood of fairness from the referees, they must ask how they will approach the next phase: do they continue on the path of compliance with manifestly unjust laws or do they choose defiance?
Historically, those fighting unjust systems have first tried the path of compliance, hoping to get accommodation and believing that the repressive system would find its conscience and change its ways.
Usually, this has not worked and the opposition has had to circumvent, avoid or defy unjust laws and systems.
At some stage in the affairs of humankind, there comes a breaking point when it becomes foolhardy to follow a manifestly unjust path which will produce predictable and unjust outcomes.
The opposition has to confront an important question: is there anything to suggest that the conduct of the 2023 elections will any different from the conduct of the last elections in 2018?
If the answer to that question is negative then there is a need for a manifestly different strategy or history will continue repeating itself.
The opposition has shown the world that there is no genuine Second Republic and that the system is grossly unjust. Now it has to grapple with what to do next in the face of an unjust system – comply or defy? That is the fundamental question.