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Professor Arthur Mutambara, Dr Nkosana Moyo and Advocate Nelson Chamisa are speaking

16 Sep 2021 at 17:20hrs | Views
I have dwelt a lot regarding Chamisa's infantile approach to politics and his policies that do not make too much sense. However, I wish to commend Chamisa's visit to Matabeleland South two days ago. That he spoke Ndebele incorrectly is neither here nor there: Amusingly Chamisa struggled to speak to the electorate in isiNdebele. Indeed, we give credit to where it is due: Chamisa scored tenfold in that gathering; he was accompanied by two VPs. I felt included in that rally. We are saying: Aha! Chamisa is learning; he has now realized that Zimbabwe is not a single Shona-ethnic country but one with multiple ethnicities that deserve respect from politicians. Zimbabwe is tribally sensitive and tribally a deeply divided nation.

That he spoke in isiNdebele throughout at the rally is a point taken: but however, we are deeply concerned about Chamisa's leadership that appears to be bankrupt in policies that will uplift this country from the economic hellhole we find ourselves in. In as much as we respect the electorate that voted for Chamisa in 2018; getting 2,6 million votes is no mean feat but of great significance. If Chamisa wins elections in 2023, what fundamental changes will his administration effect if his policies and his political manifesto, bereft of basic understanding of economics.  Chamisa is gifted in speech, does not realize his leadership qualities lacks precisely that what Zambia Hichilema has in abundance, to turn around the economy of this country.

Arthur Mutambara- and Nkosana Moyo-effect:   
Both technocrats are spot on when it comes to identifying the social and economic issues in Zimbabwe. Both have practical solutions how our problems can be solved. Prof. Mutambara wrote an article succinctly highlighting facts in the manner we are supposed to focus on as a nation: He said "Yes, we must expose and fight corruption. Yes, we must win elections by:- registering to vote en masse, - voting in large (unrig gable) numbers- protecting the vote. However, all these efforts are necessary, but not sufficient for Zimbabwe's prosperity. Prof. concluded. Chamisa supporters are still hallucinating about the success of democracy in Zambia as if they see a repeat of the same, come general elections of 2023. Zambia and its neighbour have different political terrains altogether, an astute politician should know this.

Prof Mutambara openly avoided public insults and public lynching from Chamisa supporters: he consciously omitted to mention of Chamisa's state of hallucinating about the Hichilema's democratic success that he thinks will automatically be replicated in Zimbabwe elections. The bare facts are that even if Advocate Chamisa won the elections in 2023, his bankrupt policies that cannot uplift this country from the economic mess: that was Mutambara's bone of contention: hence his suggestion on prosperity hexagon.

Dr. Nkosana Moyo was to the point about Chamisa leadership. he never bit about the bush about his infantile approach in unpacking policies at rallies and lack of requisite skills to lead a nation. MDC Tsvangirai and Chamisa has been losing and missing golden opportunities. a Nelson Chamisa talk is full of rhetoric and infantile claims. Surely it is not a coincidence that Mutambara and Moyo send stern messages: warning this euphoria about Nelson Chamisa winning elections without closely looking at the policy package MDC-Alliance has, could be an imminent national disaster to come. The nation of Zimbabwe is in dire need of competent technocratic government.

Below is the hexagon prosperity that Prof Mutambara suggest as food for thought: - An alternative shared national vision;-  A corresponding national strategy (social, political, economic and  technological) the game plan; - Clearly articulated alternative, well-thought out and coherent national policies; - A national implementation matrix (who, what, when, how, resources, timelines, milestones, definition of success, success markers, etc); - A national monitoring, evaluation and feedback system; and tested, ethical, competent and technocratic leaders. More importantly, we must embrace the prosperity hexagon. Indeed, all hands-on deck. Mutambara said.

To quote Nkosana Moyo: "I don't think Chamisa has got the skills that my country requires" I don't believe that Chamisa has that understanding, am sorry. I have just articulated what a leader at this point in our country should understand.  "Our leader has to understand how an economy works above all.  "I don't believe that Chamisa has got that understanding. I am sorry. If he did, I will join MDC and support him. Democracy is beautiful because you are going to vote for him, I personally will not go to vote for him," said Dr Moyo.

It is sad to come to terms with a gullible electorate we have in Zimbabwe. We have Moyo, we have Mutambara, they are technocrats and many more at home and in the Diaspora: These are experts who can turn around our economy with ease. Zimbabwe does not need politicians of the moulds of Chamisa, he is economically illiterate. The electorate is hell bent to vote for him, come 2023. How myopic can we still be, we are unable to see where our genuine potential lies in solving the economic quad mire, we find ourselves in. Voter stupidity is a very powerful force that politicians play around with, with abject abandon.

Zimbabwe yearns for a technocratic government and not politicians. This is the moment for personalities of Nkosana Moyo and Mutambara to lead this interim government: Mutambara and Moyo's bouncing back with articles written almost at the same time, is not to be taken in isolation: they are reading the signs of the times especially in the SADC region. Zimbabwe should gear itself for a change of government.

The buck stops with Advocate Chamisa: He must realize his limitations: he must learn to listen when people are talking and critiquing his leadership. He is advised join hands with Nkosana and Mutambara who will be given a mandate of about three years to turn around the economy: To be precise we are talking about Prof. Mandaza's NTA that should be seen as the interim from a dictatorship and clueless Zanu to an administration whose mandate is to implement major reforms first and giving the nation sound economic trajectory, then the younger generation of Chamisa can take over, benefit from a sound economic foundation.

Chamisa has the responsibility to practically demonstrate to his electorate and to the nation that it is not about him but about the citizens of Zimbabwe. I am following a suggestion that is already been alluded by Hopewell Chinono that political maturity is paramount because of the current fragile geopolitical situation in southern Africa. Again, some western countries that assisted MDC previously have reservations about Chamisa's leadership. It should dawn on everyone when we see a country like UK's sudden right-about-turn and now are trying to reach out to Zanu PF, if what we are reading is true in the first place. Politically this is telling: Chamisa's inability to read the global political barometer could be his demise.

It has come to my realization that African politicians, including Chamisa, do not have legal, and economic advisers but hero worshippers. If Chamisa had genuine advisers in his MDC inner leadership circle, he would have noticed his clueless shortcomings in his leadership, his carelessness in speeches, strategic ineptitude, his political and economic policies that are anti-ethical. Saying "patakasangana na Trump!" even BoJo in London must have been shocked about such gross immaturity coming a young politician from Africa supposed to know Trump's attitude to Africans and Africa generally: What an abomination!

Prime Minister BoJo has never publicly neared himself to Trump during his administration for fear of voter retribution. We lack critical mass in our communities that missed it to investigate Chamisa; put Chamisa to task about openly glorifying president Trump, a person who has no respect for Africa and Africans. Are communities in awe and wonder about Pastor Chamisa than what Chamisa can do for them if by chance he came to power?  Chamisa is a Pastor to impress the overly Christian societies than Chamisa who is a God-fearing man.

That interview Chamisa made in London with Stephen Sucker should have given Chamisa a chance to re-invent himself. His numerical majority does not mean much in a collapsed state of an economy that needs, according to Prof. Mutambara, a prosperity hexagon approach. We need a leader who is aligned to this moment geo-politically, a leadership takeover that is not found in politicians but in technocrats who have sound and transparent track-records in international monetary institutions. Here we must appreciate Nkosana Moyo, not him as a person but his knowledge of global finance.

Politics or political change in Zimbabwe will not deliver a better change we want. Zimbabwe, just like other countries in Africa where greed has become creed; it will not surprise us if Chamisa declines to give way to Nkosana Moyo, Arthur Mutambara and those technocrats in numbers serving big and international institutions in the Diaspora. Scales of ambition have clouded Chamisa's thought processes and never beyond populistic tantrums in rallies. He will do the nation great favour if he double downs the need for an NTA administration that will offer a technocratic administration for three years. In retrospect, Chamisa and those in his party stand to benefit as future leaders of this nation. Chamisa loses nothing if he gave way to fundamental economic changes that will competently uproot a decayed system of power and government.

Chamisa must be prepared to decouple personal ambitions from national interests. Politics must be subordinate to sound economic policies; embrace prosperity hexagon Mutambara is introducing. It does not make sense if Chamisa sells us Trump's neo-liberal policies that will benefit global markets instead of the numerous majority who should be beneficiaries of their natural resources. We cannot continue to be collectors of water and hoovers of wood. The time and the context are availing for a radical change. We should never miss this opportunity again: an opportunity that was missed in 1980 with Robert Mugabe.

Source - Nomazulu Thata
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