The former Zimbabwean Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Jonathan Moyo believes that political and electoral reforms in Zimbabwe are a waste of time.
Professor Moyo speaks his mind in exile at a time the Zimbabwean opposition, civic organisations, the international community and pressure groups are calling for the implementation of electoral and political reforms in the country.
Moyo who believes security sector reforms are key as he fears that state security officials are likely to disregard any electoral and political reforms posted on social media
“It’s nuts to keep calling for electoral & political reforms in Zim. The 2013 Constitution ushered in far-reaching electoral & political reforms. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) took those reforms to the barracks in Nov 2017, locked them up & threw away the keys. Deal with #ZDF!”
Electoral and political reforms are considered to be essential for the enhancement of democracy of any society as they promote inclusion and participation of the citizenry.
Some observers say Zimbabwe’s previously held elections did not meet the minimum requirements of free and fair polls hence uncredible.
Following recommendations by various 2018 election observers, Nelson Chamisa who leads the opposition MDC Alliance, sometime in 2019 vowed not to participate in the coming 2023 elections if electoral reforms recommended have not been implemented.
The main opposition party in Zimbabwe for sometime now, has been advocating for Security sector reforms since its formation in 1999 but the party seems to have given up..
Professor Jonathan Moyo is believed to be a member of the G40 group expelled from ZANU PF and recalled from parliament after the current President ascended to power through an army assisted takeover in November 2017.
Meanwhile, some ousted G40 members are reportedly seeking readmision into the ruling party.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADCNews Correspondent