Lack of brains hinders opposition, analyst

via Lack of brains hinders opposition, analyst – New Zimbabwe 04/08/2015

INTELLECTUAL bankruptcy and the lack of gifted thinkers is hindering Zimbabwe’s opposition which continues to be outthought and, failing that, outgunned by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, a political analyst has said.

Zimbabwe Democracy Institute head, Pedzisai Ruhanya, lamented the intellectual poverty in the opposition ranks in an interview with on Tuesday.

“This is why the opposition in Zimbabwe is lagging behind. They are bankrupt of intellectuals,” said Ruhanya.

Main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has faced Mugabe in a number of elections since forming the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999.

Mugabe has beaten him in the contests, often quite literally.

The veteran leader has several earned degrees and is, according to aides, a formidable intellectual. Critics however, quip that with his many degrees Mugabe still fails to take Zimbabwe out of the present mire.

The Zanu PF leader famously mocked his rival’s cerebral attributes and modest education, complaining that working with Tsvangirai in the coalition government was an agonising trial of patience since the MDC leader was semi-literate.

“We can’t be seen to be persevering with semi-literate people who just sit on their back-sides like (Morgan) Tsvangirai. Why should we? There are many with degrees,” Mugabe told mourners at the funeral of an army general in 2013.

“You see, an illiterate person who is aware that they are ignorant, you can deal with (them) better.

“You are better off with an ignorant person who is aware, conscious, of his ignorance, who accepts that he is ignorant.

“But if you are ignorant of your ignorance, it’s a huge problem.”

Ruhanya said the opposition’s inability to think and do so on their feet was evident in their failure to see what Zanu PF is doing through the digitalisation programme being spearheaded by Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba.

“The ongoing digitalization program is an investment plan for the party’s future to remain popular among the people,” he said.

“Charamba is an organic intellectual for Zanu PF; so this digitalisation will promote their agenda as social media has diluted their information in rural and urban Zimbabwe.”

However, MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu said if there was intellectual poverty in the opposition ranks, his own party was not among those consequently malnourished in terms of ideas.

“There are better thinkers within our party, and we are not sitting as MDC-T will soon brew a real shocker for Zanu PF,” he said.

“The party is not well-informed about the capacities and capabilities of (Zanu PF) and that is why MDC-T won the 2008 elections,” said Gutu.

Gutu said Zanu PF abuses State resources such as the Zimpapers and ZBC for its propaganda.

“This time we are not letting the cat out of the bag so whoever thinks we are dull is misleading the nation,” he added.


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    Washumba 7 years ago

    I am disgusted with the lack of common sense from the so called intellectuals like P Ruhanya etc who think rigging elections, running down the country is intelligent. If you think so why don’t you come to the fold and help or start your own party and we see how you will fare. If those in government you think are intellectuals had those qualities this country would never had gone down the tube. Idiots.

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      Rwendo 7 years ago

      Seconded! Mugabe has stayed on top not because of intellectual prowess but due to a lack of integrity (unlike the likes of Mandela, Kaunda or Nyerere) which allowed his conscience to sanction abusing the civil service, especially the CIO, ZRP, the Army, Registrar General’s office and Judiciary, along with the Electoral Commission and State media, so as to variously lie, intimidate, oppress and terrorize the nation into acceptance of his continued and yet ruinous and unpopular leadership.

      However, that is not to absolve from blame the opposition (poor decisions at critical moments) or us as a nation (cowardice).

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    Tsuro 7 years ago

    ii easier said…..surely if you have so much wits please help and liberate us from the Southern Africa Gaddafi.. However do not confuse dictatorship w wits…give a baboon a gun and a megafone…he becomes a great leader with wits….please relocate to North Korea you may get another clever leader

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      pasipanodya 7 years ago

      not seeing the big picture ,political problem is not an academic or an intellect problem , mairasa mkuru, form yo party if that is the solution and we will gladly join it.

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    Jackson Magaya 7 years ago

    What a misplaced analysis. Ruhanya is removed from reality, just like zanu.

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    Yea, in Rhodesia smith was also the most intelligent, as was hitler before 1944