Open letter to Strive Masiyiwa
By Hloliphani Moyo.
I greet you, Sir, with the highest level of respect and honour.
You are a source of inspiration, not just to me but also to many other Zimbabwean youths.
Allow me, at this moment, to wish you a special and prosperous 2018.
I will not waste much ink, space and time, but let me go straight into the purpose of this letter.
The 2018 harmonised elections are around the corner, and for various reasons, Sir, I am appealing to you to join the presidential race.
Yes, I am urging you to become the next president of our beloved country, and I know that I am not the only person who won’t hesitate to place the approval X next to your box.
I know you have denied any interest in politics before, but that is exactly what makes you the right person.
As fellow Zimbabweans, we are tired of the endless chicanery of these politicians, we are tired. I am not just talking about the weaknesses of the ruling party, but I am also referring to the disappointments that we have had at the hands of MPs, even from those of the main opposition party, the MDC T.
Zimbabwe stands desperate for people like you, honestly.
The death of Morgan Tsvangirai has also created a vacuum in the opposition, and his lieutenants are failing to submit each to the other.
As you may now be aware, the MDC T constitution has become the subject of contention, and instead of the party formulating winning strategies for the forthcoming elections, their internal politics now resembles the dog-eat-dog scenario.
The current power struggles within the MDC T have given an advantage to the apparently tired Zapu PF party
You could now be the missing link in Zimbabwe’s political jigsaw, to unify and lead the nation out of its current morass.
Zanu PF has failed. We salute those that risked life and limp in Second Chimurenga War, all for the of the country, but surely, it is not a secret that the revolutionary party has failed dismally on the economic front.
Now we cannot stop the hands of time and continue singing praises for getting an independence that we are failing to enjoy. It is only when food is on the table that we can talk of meaningful independence.
The ruling party has to give the button stick to someone else who can run the economic lap for team Zimbabwe.
Thanks to President Emmerson Mnangagwa for getting stubborn Robert Mugabe out the picture, but he, too, has been part of the failing administration for the last 38 years, and we cannot risk any more years to waste.
Accordingly, we now need a fresh impetus and ideas.
Various allegations made against him are also too stinky for us to put our future in his hands. Besides, he appears too old now for the work at hand, and by the time he completes his first term, he will be an octogenarian.
Ordinary civil servants retire at before age 60, so why should we have a culture of abusing our elderly by putting the burden of state running on their shoulders when they should be playing with their grandchildren at home and assume only some advisory role in State affairs.
On the other hand, the MDC T has since ceased being a viable option from when they began their factional fights.
Zanu PF too has shown us sufficient succession drama, and we cannot afford to keep watching such shenanigans while the house is burning.
Since the passing on Morgan Tsvangirai, although we had also needed him to take a rest due to ill health, it is sad that none of the MDC T guys may ever be as alluring to the masses as he was.
It is also sad that the MDC T is struggling financially, which also cripples their chances of effectively campaigning and winning the race.
Mai Mujuru and the NPP are also undesirable to most Zimbabweans and it candidly doesn’t take an election to see that.
Like Mnangagwa, she also took part in creating the mess that we need to clean, and as Advocate Nelson Chamisa once said; you cannot send a mosquito to deal with malaria.
Besides, Mai Mujuru formed her party after regrouping her alleged cohorts, a bunch of Zanu PF rejects desperate to keep their political careers afloat under whatever ideology after being booted out. Had that not have happened, she would probably be preaching the goodness of Zanu PF today. So no, Zimbabweans will not be taken for a ride on a score settling agenda.
It is against this background Sir, that Zimbabwe sees you as her in the voyage to a new era. Majority wish is that you run as an independent candidate and that the MDC Alliance, CODE, The Rainbow Coalition and other parties may endorse you as their presidential candidate.
I am sure you can even become a unifying figure among some of the personalities who do not really see eye to eye.
A term or two under a neutral person may also give Zimbabwe some breath of fresh air, allowing us as a nation to begin anew on a democratic slate.
Many have followed your success story with great admiration. You have proven to all and sundry that you have the ability to make things happen.
With your Christian credentials, many are hopeful that you will be able to leave Zimbabwe on an irreversible development trajectory.
Zimbabwe also hopes, Sir, that it stands to benefit more from many of your business connections after you become President.
We are tired of long speeches of ideological and philosophical truths and lies that either way do not help us. We are past the era of ululating and whistling to eloquence and empty oratory.
We want food on the table first! Not that you are the only businessperson in Zimbabwe, but you are the one that has these and other merits listed above, Sir.
University level and you have employed some of the graduates in your companies. This is what I know and I suspect there is more. I am glad none of this has been done as a campaign gimmick like we have witnessed at the hands of politicians. It is not all rich people who give to such an extent and this is the kind of heart that I personally would want in the state house.
This is a call to National Service, and Zimbabwe awaits your response.
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