‘Let us be masters of our own des­tiny’

The Manica Post - - Local News - Post Re­porter

FOR­MER Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Arthur Mu­tam­bara, has called on Zim­bab­weans to be proud of their his­tory and be masters of their own des­tinies.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch of his book, In Search of the Elu­sive Zim­bab­wean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Lead­er­ship, Vol 1 at Mutare Hall, re­cently, Prof Mu­tam­bara, said Zim­bab­weans should not leave for­eign­ers to tell the coun­try’s nar­ra­tive.

“We should learn from the Chi­nese. They have their own doc­u­mented his­tory dat­ing back to al­most 5 000 years ago. If you look at us as Africans, we have nothing to show for that. Shame on us Africans! We wait for for­eign­ers to write for us. Doc­u­men­ta­tion is divine. We need to cul­ti­vate a writ­ing cul­ture among our­selves.

“The cul­ture of writ­ing should start with in­di­vid­u­als. We all have some­thing to tell about our­selves, fam­i­lies and coun­try at large.

“We should doc­u­ment our his­tory for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. We should not die with our nar­ra­tives. You should be the change you seek to see in the world,” he said.

Prof Mu­tam­bara said it was every­one’s duty to con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s pros­per­ity.

“We should do some­thing our­selves that will make Mutare and Zim­babwe pros­per. We should all take charge be­cause we are masters of our own des­tinies.

“Youths should work hard to make it in life. You should not worry about your back­ground be­cause if you work hard you will make it in life.

“If you want to be a su­per­star, you must have a com­bi­na­tion of aca­demic ex­cel­lence and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. That will make you a bet­ter per­son in life,” said Prof Mu­tam­bara who lost his father while he was still young and had to de­pend on the sup­port of rel­a­tives to make in life from his youth­ful days at Old Mutare Mis­sion.

Be­sides his hum­ble beginnings, Prof Mu­tam­bara who served as the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter in the In­clu­sive Gov­ern­ment un­til 2013 is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the African News Agency, a tech­nol­ogy-driven mul­ti­me­dia news plat­form. Prof Mu­tam­bara has writ­ten two elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing books, and is a Char­tered En­gi­neer and a Fel­low of the In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy, Zim­babwe In­sti­tute of Engi­neers and the Zim­babwe Academy of Sci­ences.

Prof Mu­tam­bara called for unity among the peo­ple of Mu­tam­bara.

“We are one fam­ily and where are the chief­tain­ship fights com­ing from? We all know our fam­ily tree and we should prop­erly fol­low it,” he said as mem­bers of the Mu­tam­bara fam­ily that was among the au­di­ence fol­lowed pro­ceed­ings.

Although Prof Mu­tam­bara with­drew from pub­lic life at the end of the In­clu­sive Gov­ern­ment, he said he had been fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ments on the po­lit­i­cal land­scape in Zim­babwe and did not rule out a pos­si­bil­ity of bounc­ing back.

The book launch was at­tended by sev­eral aca­demics and cap­tains of in­dus­try in Mutare.

Pro­fes­sor Mu­tam­bara dis­plays his new book dur­ing the re­cent launch in Mutare

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