Alex Tawanda Magaisa has expressed his shock following reports that the opposition MDC-T Senators including Douglas Mwonzora had endorsed Zimbabwe’s first Constitutional Amendment Bill.
At least 70 Senators voted for its passage while only one voted against it.
If signed into law by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the amendment will give the president powers to appoint the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice and the Judge President.
Speaking on the development, Magaisa who is the former Chief of Staff in the office of the late former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai expressed disbelief that Mwonzora would endorse such a move. He said:
I recall the epic battles in meetings at Rainbow Towers, Pandhari Lodge, Leopard Rock, etc. We stood side by side, calmly dousing the aggression of Paul Mangwana, Masimirembwa & co. One of the hardest things is seeing mkoma @ voting for mutilation of that Constitution
He could have abstained. At least Komichi said no. Whether that was tactical is another matter. But mkoma Dougie said “Aye”. “Aye” to a blatant unconstitutionality. How do you fight so hard to get a decent Constitution and then participate in its undoing? Pursuit of privilege?
Kompromat yenyu mukoma. You might be surprised iriyo at play. Munhu haangamboshanduki zvakadai pasina chaitika.
Magaisa concurred that something was not right. He added:
It’s very difficult to imagine how a man can turn in this manner; from stridently defending the Constitution to undermining it. And all the while hope that the people can trust him with power? I guess the Rubicon was crossed a long time ago and it’s now scorched earth politics.
Mwonzora was elected the new leader of the MDC-T party at last year’s Extraordinary congress to replace Morgan Tsvangirai.
He is one of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members who have been fighting for constitutionalism in the MDC and the country at large.