ED ma­ture, suit­able

The Manica Post - - Opinion - Shame Isaki Post Cor­re­spon­dent

POL­I­TICS is not for the faint­hearted and nei­ther is it for pre­tenders.

While some po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunists have ex­ploited cer­tain mo­ments to land po­si­tions ei­ther in their po­lit­i­cal par­ties or in Par­lia­ment, it has been dif­fi­cult for most of them to jus­tify their oc­cu­pa­tion of those po­si­tions.

Although op­po­si­tion has been healthy to Zim­babwe’s pol­i­tics, apart from the sanc­tions it brought, most op­po­si­tion mem­bers have sur­vived not nec­es­sar­ily be­cause they are good at what they do but as a re­sult of the masses’ lack of op­tions if l may say.

Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai (May his soul rest in peace) was one good ex­am­ple of a man who took ad­van­tage of a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion to find him­self at the helm of op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics for almost two decades but be­cause of his se­ri­ous lead­er­ship de­fi­cien­cies he still found him­self un­able to undo Robert Mu­gabe.

While there has been talk of rig­ging and ma­nip­u­la­tion of pre­vi­ous polls, still Ts­van­gi­rai could have done bet­ter if he was wise, shrewd and tac­ti­cal be­cause he had protest­ing peo­ple be­hind him and was backed by pow­er­ful bi­ased na­tions.

With all those ad­van­tages he ended up din­ing and win­ing with Mu­gabe and even lik­ing him and even­tu­ally pass­ing on with­out achiev­ing his party’s and his sup­port­ers’ goal of tak­ing over the lead­er­ship of the coun­try.

Now with Nel­son Chamisa as its new pres­i­dent and more im­por­tantly, the MDC al­liance pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, the hope of an MDC elec­toral vic­tory is fast fad­ing.

Yes, some peo­ple are mak­ing the same mis­take of dream­ing that Chamisa will win the next elec­tion, it is quite un­for­tu­nate for them to do so be­cause the late Ts­van­gi­rai had many fac­tors in his favour dur­ing his time but he still failed. Chamisa does not have those same ad­van­tages and I am afraid many are go­ing to suf­fer fa­tal po­lit­i­cal heart­breaks.

Back then, MDC was solid but now it’s frag­mented with squab­bling mark­ing the or­der of the day though they claim to be an Al­liance.

Back then MDC had lots of fund­ing but now they are broke. Many peo­ple be­lieved in them as a cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tive to ZANU-PF but as we speak many of the same peo­ple have be­come dis­il­lu­sioned by the op­po­si­tion party’s fail­ure to un­seat ZANU-PF and worse still the on go­ing power strug­gles.

Chamisa him­self might be elo­quent in speech as some peo­ple want us to be­lieve but elo­quence and fact or sen­si­bil­ity are two dif­fer­ent things.

Given a choice I will choose fact or sen­si­bil­ity but if I can have elo­quence and fact or sen­si­bil­ity then the bet­ter.

Speak well yes but speak sense. Chamisa is prov­ing to be im­ma­ture if ut­ter­ances at­trib­uted to him are any­thing to go by.

He has been at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa at any given op­por­tu­nity but he is fail­ing to no­tice that ED is not into du­els but pro­duc­tion and de­liv­ery.

Bul­let trains do not fix the econ­omy but at­tract­ing in­vest­ment and sound aus­ter­ity mea­sures will. Chal­leng­ing ED to a duel on TV does not bring food on the ta­ble but win­ning back the con­fi­dence of fi­nanciers in­dus­try and other part­ners is more im­por­tant.

Chamisa maybe a good lawyer; am not sure about this, but he cer­tainly is not a good politi­cian. Some peo­ple, a few I be­lieve, are count­ing on his age to win an elec­tion but that’s be­ing very un­wise and im­ma­ture.

Apart from call­ing for more sanc­tions on the coun­try, the MDC and specif­i­cally Chamisa can­not even give a con­vinc­ing plan for the good of the coun­try.

Chamisa prom­ises to fix the liq­uid­ity cri­sis two weeks af­ter as­sum­ing power and the ques­tion is how will he man­age to do, if it hap­pens then it means the sanc­tions they deny are real and now that their han­dlers will be happy be­cause they will be in power they will then flood our econ­omy with their cur­rency but that’s not eco­nom­i­cally prac­ti­cal be­cause ev­ery­thing comes at a cost.

ED is a dis­tin­guished lib­er­a­tion cadre. He is also a lawyer. ED has been in Gov­ern­ment hold­ing var­i­ous im­por­tant port­fo­lios in­clud­ing his last as­sign­ment as Vice-Pres­i­dent.

He is a busi­ness­man and it’s not a crime as Chamisa would want us to be­lieve. ED demon­strated great re­straint and ma­tu­rity when he was em­bar­rassed and ac­cused of many un­founded al­le­ga­tions by the now dis­graced Grace Mu­gabe. ED has man­aged to for­give his abusers though some of the for­given have not re­cip­ro­cated the same good ges­ture.

ED has man­aged to han­dle the del­i­cate tran­si­tional new dis­pen­sa­tion with as­tound­ing calm­ness and ma­tu­rity.

In the few months that he has been in of­fice ED has man­aged to re­brand the coun­try and pos­i­tively change in­vestors’ per­cep­tion.

Busi­ness worth $7 bil­lion has so far been ne­go­ti­ated with some deals al­ready signed and sealed. ED is not busy at­tack­ing in­di­vid­u­als but the num­ber one en­emy of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe, which is poverty and an un­der-per­form­ing econ­omy and the great­est threat to ED’s good and no­ble ef­forts are Chamisa’s care­less ut­ter­ances, which are bend on hav­ing the pow­er­ful coun­tries, which have sanc­tioned our coun­try con­tinue to do so un­til MDC rules this coun­try.

Oth­er­wise Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is more ma­ture and suit­able for the of­fice of pres­i­dent while Chamisa is still very raw and un­fit.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

MDC-T leader Chamisa

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