Opinion / Columnist
President Mugabe health concerns: who doesn't get sick?
21 May 2014 at 08:47hrs | Views
After a lot has been said and written about President Robert Mugabe's purported ill health , my mind is left with a big question, who on this earth does not get ill?
Every normal human being gets sick at one point or the other in his/her life. What differs is the manner in which a person is attacked by these ailments as well as time and date of occurrence.
It is public knowledge that President Mugabe suffers from eye problems. I believe that this ailment is a chapter that can be dealt with if proper treatment is done. Such a problem cannot stop him from performing his duties, and knowing as I do this son of the soil will carry on with his duties as usual.
What then surprises me is the way some sections of the media go into frenzy each time the President is reportedly feeling under the weather, without even verifying the claims. What is so out of this world about the President suffering from ailments that affect every other human being? For God's sake, GUSHUNGO is ten years shy of a century!
If anything, the fact that the President is blessed with robust health often stands out as he is still more active than many people younger than him.
Who can boast that they do not fall sick?
The President is not the only high profile person to fall ill. MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai at one time had to seek the services of Prophet TB Joshua for an erectile dysfunction. The media were curiously silent.
MDC-T Renewal Team strongman, Tendai Biti is reportedly not so strong as evidenced by the oral leather leakoplakia. Again the media remain mum, only to fall over themselves when the President catches a cold.
Good leaders are not born but they are made and accordingly, President Mugabe's good leadership is a result of hard work and commitment to the nation.
To cut the story short, being ordinarily sick does not mean that an individual is incapable. President Mugabe remains a true visionary, revolutionary and inspirational leader.
To be a good leader does not require one to have Hercules's muscles but a sound mind. It is not in question that the President still has possession of his mental abilities; in fact he has been noted for his still remarkably sharp memory
Bill Gates notes, "Good leaders are those who empower others". It is worth mentioning that President Mugabe continues to spearhead visionary policies such as the land reform programme, indigenization policy and the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio- Economic Transformation (ZimAsset). These policies are aimed at empowering the black majority of Zimbabweans.
Politics has nothing to do with age. Learnmore Judah Jongwe died young. What matters however is, how politicians present themselves and articulate the wishes of those who voted for them.
President Mugabe remains a true icon of Zimbabwe and of Africa as a whole. He is one of the politicians who stands and fight for the liberation of his own people. Among other good leadership qualities, peace, democracy and sovereignty has been prevailing in the country since the attainment of independence in 1980.
Source - Peacemaker Zano
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