“Tragic failure of leadership” – Moses Chamboko

via “Tragic failure of leadership” – Moses Chamboko December 19, 2013

“I’m going home, I didn’t realise just how the world has changed till I went to South Africa”. These words are said to have been uttered by Yoweri Museveni to the inner circle of his cabinet on arrival from Madiba’s historic memorial service in Johannesburg; an event that literally united the world. Even dictators were fairly represented though none of them was allowed anywhere near the microphone. Thank God!

Whether Museveni is genuine or not, this can be a subject for another day. What’s most important is that he saw with his own eyes that the world has moved on. In contrast, in our backyard, it is seemingly business as usual despite the economy making deafening “sounds of fury”. Some would rather collapse in office than let a new generation of leaders to take our nation forward. Loud calls for change are falling on deaf ears.

In the same week Yoweri Museveni made the startling revelation, ZANU PF held its annual conference in Chinhoyi. I wonder when they will rename the event to ZANU PF Christmas bash because that’s exactly what it is. Given the dire state of the economy, ordinary citizens had the expectation or at least hope that our political leaders, despite the dark shadow of illegitimacy, would pretend to be sensitive and come up with resolutions that would improve life for the man on the street, the child in class, the patient in hospital, the worker faced with retrenchment, the mother who has to walk long distances with a jerrican of water, the maid who has forgotten how to turn on the stove because of perennial power outages, the list is just endless.

How will renaming Victoria Falls to Nyakasikana or any other name improve the life of a granny in Binga or Chibwedziva? How will threatening one of the biggest and most stable employers such as Zimplats with closure create employment? Where is poor Chinamasa expected to get money for the national budget if economic fundamentals are blatantly disregarded by those in power? While practical application of several degrees in violence has been experienced by many, there is nothing at all to suggest that somebody ever attempted elementary economics in his life.

For a very long time, a number of Zimbabweans believed that President Mugabe was an infallible leader who was unfortunately surrounded by corrupt and evil men and women. With time, we have come to the realisation that we were very wrong; the master is as bad as his servants, if not worse. A few years ago, pressed to comment on the worsening Zimbabwe crisis, Nelson Mandela used four explicit words to depict the root cause of our crisis “tragic failure of leadership”.

When a ruling party blows up millions of dollars in three days in Chinhoyi (not on rock diesel) while the country is literally crumpling, it demonstrates nothing but tragic failure of leadership. When a whole minister approves a sordid package directly or indirectly of up to $40,000 American dollars per month for a CEO of an organisation that can longer spell the word “profit”, it is tragic failure of leadership. Elsewhere, Webster Shamu would have been shown the exit door immediately if not given the keys to a free room at Hotel Chikurubi. Why would anybody wish to be President of America and not CEO for ZBC? Happyson Muchechetere makes some Hollywood stars look very ordinary!

As if that was not enough, we also recently learnt that at one diamond mining operation in Marange, there were as many as five hundred Chinese nationals. Even one of the world’s biggest mining operations wouldn’t have so many foreign employees from the same country, particularly of Chinese decent or origin. For goodness sake, what were these Chinese doing at a small alluvial diamond operation? Asked what he thought about Chinese investment in Africa, former Libyan dictator, Colonel Kaddafi, once said “I’m not sure if its investment or resettlement” On this one, the mad dictator was damn right! It would appear that a Chinese in Guangdong with little or no skills at all stands a much better chance of getting a job at Marange ahead of an educated or skilled Zimbabwean in Bocha or Nyamaropa, another classic example of tragic failure of leadership!

Our collective resolution for 2014 must be coming together as a united Zimbabwean family and cast the demon that has tormented us for far too long. There is need to turn our house of shame into a house of pride.

Moses Chamboko is the Interim Secretary General for the global pro-democracy initiative called Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE). Contact us at info@zunde.org or visitwww.zunde.org .


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    Apolitical 8 years ago

    Moses and those promoting anti government propaganda need to be locked up as the damaging effect on Zimbabwes repute affects the economy.
    Make it simply jail them for economic sabotage – protect the poor from him.

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      Not Apolitical 8 years ago

      What on Earth are you talking about. Are you disputing the FACT that government revenues are under pressure? Or the FACT that ministers and other officials have become obscenely rich while ordinary people have become despicably poor? Is reporting Muchechetere’s salary anti-government propaganda? Economic sabotage is the wholesale looting of the scarce resources that the country possesses ..

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      Parangeta 8 years ago

      I think Apolitical should be jailed instead!

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    Edzai 8 years ago

    Thare is a story from long ago, that mice decided to put a bell on a cat so they could hear it when he was coming. The dectator has weapons, he has been buying from Chinese, he riggs elections and commits human rights abuses. He is very very old, knows nothing about economics except grabbing what was built by others. Who has the strenghth and courage to put a bell on him?

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    maita 8 years ago

    A tragic failure indeed. problem dzvave nhinhi.

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    Rumbidzai 8 years ago

    Apolitical wandinyadzisa!

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    Chihuri 8 years ago

    If they tell you the truth, simply lock them up, what a sad state of affairs! Does anybody know that after ZANU PF leaves power prisons will still be there???????

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    Ndaizivei 8 years ago

    The poor need protection from ZANU PF madness, not from the truth is at is being told here. Apolitical. what do you smoke???

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    How can hungry stomachs fight. Lessön 1.
    Make them suffer. Lesson 2
    Cause divisions.
    Lesson 3
    Impose your authority on them and…..
    The rest is history.

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    dayford 8 years ago

    Please do not pay any attention to “Political”. He is either Happison Muchechetere, CHINAmasa, or any other beneficiary of the failed regime of Zanu PF. These are political gangsters who have fooled Zimbabwe for too long.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    It is not news that the nuts are in control of the assylum

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    Accounts@flow.co.zw 8 years ago

    ‘Apolical’the exact caliber of those who failed zim

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    Is Apolitical’s other name perhaps Nimrod. My guess is these guys are paid by some shadowy organisation to swim against popular sentiment. Aplolitical, no one did damage to the government: they did a good job all by themselves. I find it fascinating how blind some are in the light of the coming judgment on wickedness in Zimbabwe. How can anyone with a shred of common sense, decency or wisdom not see the utter destruction and suffering in this nation. After 34 years who do we blame? We only have ourselves to blame. No repentance! No restoration!

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      Parangeta 8 years ago

      Don’t forget, it’s the “Sanctions”, those nasty, cruel, Western Sanctions!


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    Sibangilizwe Lethube 8 years ago

    Its funny how stupid, narrow minded. zanu pf brain washed people like the so called apolitical can expose his ignorance to the world.I really wonder whether he ever attended or passed at pre school(creche).