“Is the UK referendum result to leave EU legally binding?” asked Lloyd Msipa (Bulawayo 24 opinion).
Actually, only a vote rigging tyrant like Mugabe and his acolytes, who have never believed in the right of every citizen to a meaningful in the governance of the country as a universal and inalienable right and as the only solid guarantee good and accountable government, would ask such a blatantly stupid question.
In answering the question for PM David Cameron you, Msipa, argue the PM should find ways to keep the UK in the EU against the expressed democratic wishes of the majority of the British people. Why don’t you just come out and say he should have gone to Mugabe for expert advice on how to rig the vote. No doubt the Zimbabwe tyrant would have put the British in touch with his NIKUV friends, experts at tampering with voters roll; Mugabe would have paid NIKUV’s usual princely fee too.
When it comes to cash, the nation may be broke but not Mugabe, the tyrant is loaded. In March 2016 he admitted that $15 billion in Marange diamond revenue was looted; so far not even one person has been arrested and so the looting continues. In 2012 Africa Partnership Canada reported that Mugabe pocketed a cool $2 billion, his share of looting and plundering of Marange diamonds. Which, by the way, is a very good reason why Mugabe has bribed, cheated and even murdered over 30 000 just to stay in power; the thought of losing absolute power and fabulous wealth it has brought is simply unthinkable!
When Mugabe rigged the 2013 elections there was an avalanche of articles from not just the usual Mugabe apologists but from Zimbabwe’s intellectuals too all arguing the one thing – that we should just accept the rigged result as fait accompli and move on. They were fuming at those who were demanding the result must be put aside and a thorough investigation carried out on the blatant vote rigging by Mugabe.
Here we have a case where the referendum was free, fair and credible and the same dodgy intellectuals are up in arms arguing one thing – put the result aside and find ways to undermine the democratic wishes of the populous. For all their pretences of their love democracy, these intellectuals’ democratic credentials are potato skin deep; it does take much to rub off, to reveal the true tyrant in his blinding multi-coloured Joseph dream coat!
“The question in most people's minds is whether the referendum result "to leave" is legally binding on the United Kingdom,” you said. Where are these “most people” coming from? The UK is a healthy and functional democracy with healthy and functional democratic institutions; the democratic right of the people to a meaningful say in the governance of the nation is held in high regard right across British society, it is sacrosanct. No doubt, the question has exercised the minds of a certain tyrant and his apologists.
Mugabe and his cronies should, by right, being having sleepless nights on how to fix Zimbabwe’s worsening economic meltdown; fix the 90% unemployment rate, fix the cash shortage, end the corruption and looting, etc. Mugabe rigged the 2013 elections and now he cannot rig economic recovery! Given the state of the Zimbabwe economy he is certainly having nightmares and no wonder he is now known to doze off standing up – if you cannot sleep at night you will have cat naps at the drop of a hat!
Too many nightmares and you are prone to catnaps at the drop of a hat – even standing up!
Lloyd Msipa, PM David Cameron has done the right thing by resigning because he is surely not the right person to captain the ship now given he never believed in leaving the EU. Now that the decision to leave has been made; he should let someone who believes in where the nation is going lead. He, unlike some tyrants we know, has the humility to know he is not the only person capable of leading the nation! The British do not need your stupid advice Lloyd.
Tell you what, why don’t you advice Mugabe on the futility of rigging elections when you then fail to rig economic recovery. If he keeps dozing off standing up, one of these fine days he is going to fall, he has a history of falling because he refuses to use a walking stick or wheel chair as his wife has suggested, and will never get up!