By Tendai Mazenge.
IN this 21st century, whoever shall examine the question of leadership crisis in Zimbabwe is bound to remain with a few unanswered questions:
Could there still be some incorruptible leaders out there which the country may reach out to for solutions?
If the answer is yes, why then are they reluctant to step forward at a time when Zimbabweans need them most?
Why do people with strong moral backgrounds never seem interested in the nation’s political discourse?
Should Zimbabweans forever leave the fate of their children in the hands of manifestly greedy politicians who seek political power as a means to a financial breakthrough?
The emerging trend which has seen many corporates bankrolling and supportive of repressive systems is a case for research. In fact, just when it looked like Zimbabwe was on course to uproot corruption, it is shocking that yesteryear maladies, for all their intense rottenness, were just but a tip of the iceberg.
Corruption has now actually assumed an upward trajectory, and is getting worse. Science and technology have now chipped in to aid corporate greed and capitalism. Leaders continue to pillage the country unabated and despite the evidence, there seems to be no one taking action to right things.
Evidence, and there is plenty of it, suggests that offshore banking has become the order of the day among those that wield economic and political power, with Europe and the US being used as safe havens. Only heaven knows why media has remained quiet, and at times complicity, in the face of such abuses.
Unashamedly, national has also led the crusade to solicit for more loans on behalf of the Zimbabwean people as if such loans were meant for national development.
Media has again let the country down by its failure to expose, through investigative journalism, percentages of such loans that end up in offshore bank accounts. It was very interesting reading the tall list of overseas financial institutions which have been collaborating with corrupt African leaders as they (African leaders) compete to pilfer from the treasury departments of their respective countries for decades without end.
Perhaps the saddest part is that many of these African leaders often die, leaving multi millions of looted funds in foreign accounts, only for the boot to be governments ‘hosting’ the filth lucre.
To date, the billions of dollars ransacked from Nigeria and most recently from Libya have all completely gone’ missing’. Nevertheless, ‘host’ governments of such stolen billions have never bothered to account for such huge stolen amounts.
For instance, a veil of secrecy still shrouds the whereabouts of dollar accounts owned by African politicians held in Swiss Banks?
Has Europe made any effort to return these looted funds to Africa, though many of such African leaders have long died and gone?
The West have carefully designed such sophisticated methods with the sole purpose of robbing Africa of her wealth. What is more worrisome at the moment is how some fellow Africans are willing to collaborate with perpetrators of these criminal activities while remaining anonymous.
In order to end the crisis, the old age-style leadership must end. The youth must be given the opportunity to exhibit their youthful exuberance at the leadership front. For many years, Zimbabwe has suffered enough from the hands of old men who never see the need to pave way for young and fresh ideas. This is despite the fact that many of the youth are beaming with fresh ideas and solutions.
Our constitution for instance have cupped the age requirement for the office of the president at 40 and above. This trend has completely side-lined all the youth from daring to venture into the highest office in the country. Anywhere the positions of chief executives are being advertised,
Minimum age 50 years appear to be the ‘normal age requirement’.
This they attribute the need for so-called experience. Of course I believe in the man with experience just as I believe in the man with vision. However, in the 21st century, I strongly believe that vision may be more important that experience.
It is time the country searches for men with vision rather than merely looking for men with experience. If we’re to critically examine the average age of the African leader, over 80% (8 out 10) of them are aged 65 years and above. Meanwhile the current statistics has it that the youth still remains the largest category of people on the continent. Therefore with youth unemployment on the continent currently standing at over 80%, where is the country heading towards? It will take a serious revolution to rescue the future of Zimbabwe before the apocalypse finally occurs.
But I can see that we’re not far from that day yet. We need to urge the youth to register and vote so that we get rid of the oldest man in the State House. The future is ours only if we take care of the present. Of course, no one can doubt the fact that wisdom is found in old age and that having a couple of old men leading Zimbabwe can be ideal at some point, only if they can be advisors.
This seems to suggest that allowing more energetic and vibrant youth the opportunity to steer the affairs of the continent could have been more appropriate. After years of failed leadership, there is a clear indication that Zimbabwe currently faces a lot of difficult challenges which requires the services of young, vibrant and energetic men and women who have the charisma to adequately address such needs.
However, I must admit that the youth alone cannot make a successful country. There will be the need for guidance and wisdom from the elderly to make them excel on the leadership front. If the youth truly remains the future of the continent, then there is the need for them to be given a fair representation in the affairs of leadership across the continent. The current practice of side-lining them and blocking their chances of taken up leadership especially in government at such a time when the continent begs for leadership is completely worrisome.
I concurred with Dr Nkosana Moyo when he suggested that if he wins the 2018 elections, he will trim the cabinet and remove Deputy Ministers then replace them with junior ministers who will sit in parliament. The youths are not making demands just for fun but have a burning social and financial reasons. All what the President must swiftly do is to see to address their issues, that will be the only reasonable way to solving the emerging problems in the country.
If the President wants to make a concerned and conscious effort to deepen cooperation that can advance the cause of a Better Zimbabwe, he must stop dreaming and wake now to tackle frictions and misunderstanding causing rises to unnecessary agitations in the country. After all you don’t sit down and expect your shadow to be moving.
Are you undecided about who to vote for in 2018? Are you confused about what the parties stand for and
What they are offering?
The next step is for people in the opposition parties to say enough is enough. The problem is that there are vested interests standing in the way. I would hope they realise we are getting into dangerous political waters â€“ parties with very limited legitimacy trying to form governments.
The biggest misconception we hear is this: “If you’re registered as an independent, that must mean you’re undecided and you are a Zanu PF project”. I beg to differ because we all want the same thing, getting rid of the evil Zanu Pf and its leader.
When people are promoted above their competence, perhaps through patronage, and they lose the link between performance and output, the results are poor.
Man is a product of his material conditions.
Another Zimbabwe is possible.
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