via Mugabe needs help: Makoni – DailyNews Live 5 June 2015
HARARE – Simba Makoni, the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader has said President Robert Mugabe must accept that he needs help from other political leaders to find lasting solutions to Zimbabwe’s intractable economic and social problems.
Makoni, who blamed Mugabe and his cronies for creating current economic problems which the former Finance minister attributed to ill-thought decisions, said it would be extremely difficult for Zanu PF on its own to solve problems it wrought in the first place.
“In very rare cases is a person who creates a problem able to come up with solutions to those problems,” Makoni said.
“Mugabe must accept that he needs help from other political leaders. He can keep his position as president and must not be constrained by the fear that accepting advice is a show of weakness, neither should he lose face for acknowledging his mistakes and seeking solutions to remedy them from others,” Makoni told the Daily News on the sidelines of meetings to buttress his party election campaign in Makokoba.
Cooperation should involve leaders in politics, business and civil society as well as spiritual leaders prepared to work towards lifting Zimbabwe out of the socio-economic rut it finds itself stuck in.
Makoni said he still believes in the grand coalition which seeks to harness workable ideas from people of various political persuasion and preferences targeted at economic revival, given that Zimbabwe brags about a highly-educated populace.
Makoni attributed the inconclusive attempts to the “big man” syndrome.
“Zimbabweans think everyone can be a president. There is no dispute about the content of our intention but the ‘big man’ syndrome is a major setback to effective realisation of this goal,” Makoni said.
MKD is fielding Harry Peter Wilson, an engineering entrepreneur and businessman in a working class, crime-riven suburb of Makokoba where four families still share a single toilet 35 years after independence.
Wilson was born in Makokoba and has pledged to advocate for a better quality of life for residents most of whom are elderly pensioners.
“People have achieved magnificent things but for too long their strength has been undermined by the weakness of elitism,” he said. “We want to change that and make sure there are improves public services in what we could call a modern welfare state.”