Mugabe cherishes leadership that must not be held to account

via Mugabe cherishes leadership that must not be held to account – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 22, 2015

At the core of the country’s problem lies a guy who many, if not all, Zimbabweans don’t know well. He is not translucent and he is hideous. In many instances he uses proxies to say or direct things which he may later recant or vilify.

An example of this is where he used the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to announce the suspension of civil servants bonuses as an austerity measure. When there was widespread condemnation among the civil servants, the government recanted by way of him embarrassing the minister.

Of late President Robert Mugabe is in the habit of talking and giving orders through his wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe. This is his method of putting in front a sacrificial lamb as a way of judging the turf.

Rarely does Mugabe appear in public nor allow to be interrogated through press conferences. Sahara TV’s Adeola Fayehun dared to snatch a chance to extract answers to important questions concerning his rule in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, in keeping with his standard remained aloof.

They were not comfortable questions for him to answer anyway. If the questions had been about the feigned western sanctions he may have stopped and answered. But for sure it was a very uncomfortable moment for him and his entourage but the questions remain important and critical, even if he dodged them. Eventually when he returned home, Mugabe acted as if nothing happened in Nigeria where he had gone to witness real democracy at play. Mugabe cherishes leadership that must not be held to account.

What happens in Zanu PF seems to portray an impression the ruling party belongs personally to Mugabe. Events on the ground seem to confirm this especially after Mugabe ruthlessly fired Zanu PF top brass when it looked certain that a democratic process would usher in Joice Mujuru as Zanu PF presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

Mugabe flexed every muscle to fire all provincial chairpersons who were likely to vote for Mujuru and replaced these with those who he was sure would endorse his candidature. Mugabe also, without due process, refashioned the Zanu PF constitution to give himself ultimate powers to solely appoint vice-presidents and politburo members.

Giving himself appointing powers allowed him to navigate the “outcome not certain in an election” that was very likely to propel Mujuru to party leadership. At some point in the past Mugabe acted as if he was grooming Mujuru for ultimate takeover, but by acting thus it clearly showed that it was mere pretence, a manoeuvre to keep Mujuru loyal or to suppress a possible alternative. Mugabe is playing juggle, manipulating Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mujuru. The essence of members choosing leaders after their own hearts is alien to Zanu PF.

Whether there are people pushing Mugabe to hang on or he is driving himself is less certain, for the President and Zanu PF are not freely open or welcome to both criticism and scrutiny. He is so arrogant that he has told both advisors and critics the same “go hang”. So he won’t present himself for an uninhibited, spontaneous press conference, for his standpoint is indefensible given the country’s unchecked corruption, high unemployment due to general negligence and poor, destructive policies that government has orchestrated. Everyone who does evil will not come to light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

The economic demise is largely attributed to his misrule. Mugabe himself is so old that he can hardly run around to attend to problems bedevilling the country.

Besides, Mugabe himself is not the one who formed Zanu PF. he joined midstream, but he has managed to take excessive control of the party and its people through persecuting opposing figures while rewarding the loyal ones even if they were criminals or incompetent. Mugabe and his “thuggish” party have taken centre stage and have assumed, in the background, the control of the State media, electoral processes, security forces and judiciary — the key sectors that enable him to manipulate his election.

The second part of the problem is that Zimbabweans generally tend to be “cowards and selfish”. Change will not come if Zimbabweans wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. Zimbabweans are the change that they seek.

Yet Zimbabwean people would rather suffer silently under oppression, they would rather all run away and seek refuge in other countries, than openly confront Mugabe thereby fixing the economy and ensure adherence to set procedures. Zimbabweans frequently brag about being an educated lot. But educated people take care of their responsibilities. Contrary to the assertion, right in their eyes, service delivery has deteriorated to almost nonexistent. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the citizenry to monitor and adjust the level of service delivery by holding accountable the government they hired to manage the service delivery.

It should be in the best interest of the government to heed the signs of economic collapse and come out of its denial phase. Mugabe’s intransigence and obstruction to open politics and sound economic policies has precipitated this vending phenomenon such that if he truly want to serve the people, then he should resign and pave way to a new political dispensation that is inclusive, that respects the will of the people. The indicators that the situation is so bad in the country are on the surface, hardly unnoticeable. The situation is getting out of control rapidly such that it should be easy for Mugabe to realise that it is futile to continue in this manner and still expect the state of affairs to improve.


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    Fallenz 7 years ago

    There’s an unfortunate truth in the statement that describes Zimbabweans as non-resistant to oppression. There’s also a fortunate truth in that.

    Any change must come from within for it to be a change for Zim and by Zimbabweans. If Zimbabweans do not want a change enough to initiate the effort, then giving it to them on a “silver platter” means they have not exercised their free-will and self-determination. If those things aren’t considered important enough to fight for, then those Zimbabweans have made their decision. Regime change initiated by outside forces is not freedom. (It’s also a truism that “anything worth having costs something”, and “in the mind of the recipient, free stuff has much less inherent value than that which was worked for”.)

    But, rather than “cowards and selfish”, how about terms like “peaceable” and “diplomatic”. A people who desire peace is a good thing… especially, in an international community of nations.

    And, while it would seem any civilized person would seek democracy, it is a fact that a benevolent monarchy is sometimes a better fit for certain peoples. Perhaps this is true for Zim.

    However, the current totalitarian “monarchy” is neither benevolent, peaceable, nor diplomatic. Mugabe/ZANU-PF cares nothing for the people. If you wonder about that, consider the crimes of the stolen elections. Top that with the brutal thuggery and butchery utilized by ZANU-PF during the election cycles. If you still have doubts, just follow the money. Rather than expanding the infrastructure of roads and utilities, and services such as education and medical, just look at the severe, unprecedented deterioration of those things under Mugabe/ZANU-PF reign… while all the funds in the government coffers is diverted into the pockets of a few who bring no benefits to Zim, instead.

    Change needs to come, but in whose lifetime?

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    What absolutely amazes me is how the Chinese and Russians managed to motivate Zanu and Zapu?

    I assume it was on the promise of booty? They were promised they could steal everything they wanted from the Dreaded Whites – and bang the longed-for white women as well?

    But, should whoever is up next promise the people that can steal everything the Zanoids have stolen? Would that work? But offering Disgrace would not be much of an incentive, an exceedingly unattractive woman in my view.

    So . . . the MDC (or whoever) should promise the re-distribution of the Zanoid wealth? Knowing how greedy (and lazy) most Zimbos are, that might just work. Its probably the only way