Don't be taken for a ride again

HARARE - “Of course I deceive that’s why I am alive and you are dead, the crocodile said to the log” I don’t remember how the rest of the poem went on but this aptly describes the character of Third World politicians and especially Zimbabwean politicians from across the political divide.

They are as deceptive as the crocodile and if they were as honest as trees they would have been cut down for letting down those who they claim gave them the power to act on their behalf.

Instead of behaving as servants of the electorate, legislators behave like monsters, kings or queens seating on high tables and dishing out commands.

Can the electorate learn that they are being taken for a ride by self serving elites who are always demanding huge perks and wasting precious resources without even thinking about their masters who elected them in the first place?

Even with the Biti-inspired Community Development Fund most of them were found wanting — they used the money for their personal use and for those who bought furniture or built classroom blocks or cosmetic income- generating activities it’s for everyone to see that these were mere window dressing ventures with no lasting effect on the communities.

What can you expect from legislators who are academically challenged to the extent that they fail to play an oversight role over their mandated portfolios, well that is the price of democracy — it is the most popular that wins and not the most suitable?

Does this not call for qualifications for one to be a legislator?

I strongly believe so because a mob Parliament is an affront to all known civilisations.

If one ends up debating issues around the legalisation of marijuana or prostitution then qualifications are needed if Parliament is to play its proper role.

The alleged disregard of the legislature by the executive may point to the fact that its incompetence has long been realised and I will not blame the executive for that. They are being realistic.

Pathetic as most of them are, there are a few shining stars who seem to understand their proper roles as legislators.

These include Senator David Coltart who refused to receive a ministerial Mercedes Benz which to him would have been in bad taste since ordinary people are struggling to survive. In sharp contrast, some had to risk expulsion from their parties by stampeding over Gono’s cars.

As I was helping my son with his schoolwork I discovered that indeed the books that Coltart managed to source for schools are helping all Zimbabwean children to shape their future.

Even in his ministry, he has stood firmly behind teachers in these trying times.

Another legislator who has impressed me is Eric Matinenga, he said he has done his part and will not seek re-election in the next parliament.

Good intentions really. Please show all career non-achieving legislators that if at all they have done a good job then they should retire, reflect and find comfort in their good deeds.

If you talk of portfolio committee’s then there is one who has been exemplary — the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Paddy Zhanda.

Some myopic and partisan people kept on asking “Is this man still on the Zanu PF side? Akatengwa chete uyu.”

This is a reaction to his pragmatic views on issues which should really foster national growth without necessarily toeing the party line. It is the truth that will endure and make parties strong.

If parties promise heaven on earth and with time people do not go to heaven, it spells doom. Vampires are on the prowl wherever you are hoodwinking the innocent and gullible.

Masters of deception are coming with all sorts of baits playing cheap politics of the stomach dishing out sacks of maize. Take the maize but don’t be fooled once again. - Wellington gadzikwa

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