By Staff Reporter
MDCT leader Douglas Mwonzora is betraying the late founding father of the opposition party Morgan Tsvangirai by going to bed with Zanu PF.
Prominent human rights lawyer said there is no way the late Tsvangirai would have allowed his Members of Parliament to vote yes with Zanu PF in support of a bill that gives power to President Emmerson Mnanhagwa
“Mwonzora mustn’t try to hide behind the excuse that he allowed “his” MPs to vote with their conscience in Constitutional Amendment Bill 2. That’s what happens when a Bill doesn’t have grave national ramifications, unlike this Bill which will dramatically increase executive power,” David Coltart said.
“If Mwonzora was serious about stopping this shocking expansion of Executive power he could have imposed a three-line whip compelling his MPs & Senators to vote against this amendment.”
“His actions are a terrible betrayal of everything the MDC has fought for since its formation in 1999. There is no way Morgan Tsvangirai would ever have allowed the MDC to vote with ZANUPF to consolidate Presidential power.”
The proposed law seeks to, among other things, scrap the running mate clause, empower the State President to handpick some judges without subjecting them to public interviews as is currently the norm.
Last week some MDCT Members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill with and the Douglas Mwonzora led party to come under criticism with various stakeholders saying this is a betrayal of the citizens who voted then into power and adoption of the 2013 Constitution.
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) described the MDCT MPs as ‘sell-outs’.
“The 2013 came through a long process that include consultation of the citizens so anyone who has been appointed or elected by the citizens and who sits in the Senate or House of Assembly and does not realise the need for consultation before the Constitution is amended,” Peter Mutasa Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union president said during a press conference.
“There is no any other characterisation of that person they are sell outs they ae the Morrison Nyathi of the liberations struggle and they are everywhere, so we must be very clear as citizens that we are not going to side with those that are not siding with us that has to be open.”
“And I am sure you have seen some of them trying to come out after citizens raised voices, so we need also to raise our voices against those who are mutilating the people’s Constitution.”
“It is expected, they have never been any struggle without its turncoats without its sell-outs but what we can pronounce openly that those people are selling out.”