Bootlicking will destroy nation

HARARE - Controversial sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga’s new song Ndeye Mweya — which claims that President Robert Mugabe is a God-ordained leader who does no wrong, reflects the dangerous thinking that has thrown this country into a political and economic abyss.

Sadly, there are many people in our ruling class who, like Chipanga, believe that Mugabe is a divine appointee whose decisions are beyond reproach.

Last week, Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Mariyawanda Nzuwah described Mugabe as “a messenger sent by God to liberate and lead us” during a luncheon to celebrate the 90-year-old Zanu PF leader’s birthday.

Zimbabweans will no doubt remember how former Mines and now Transport minister Obert Mpofu signed off letters to president Mugabe as “your ever obedient son”.

Former Information minister Webster Shamu who is now in charge of the Information and Technology portfolio took the deification of the Zanu PF leader to new heights when he told Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) visitors how he wished Mugabe was his biological father.

“If I was given the option to choose my father before birth, where would I go? I would have been Chatunga’s elder brother. I would have been number one at first house, at president Mugabe’s house. I would have said that’s where I want to be born,” the Zanu PF political commissar said then.

With the list of ministers and other key public servants who have taken the Mugabe bootlicking game to frivolous bounds almost endless, is it surprising that despite overabundance of natural resources that this country is endowed with, we find ourselves trapped in doom and gloom?

In most genuine democracies, cabinet ministers and key public servants proffer sound and honest advice regardless of the thinking of their state presidents.

Do we have brave and fearless ministers and senior civil servants in this country with the guts to say to Mugabe: Comrade President, indigenisation is a good policy but not in the manner that you envisage?

It is clear that our indigenisation policy is not only failing to generate tangible returns for the country, but it is also scaring away investors.

We have been hoping that Francis Nhema, the new minister in charge of the indigenisation portfolio would chart a new course but this has proved a pipe dream. But maybe we need to give him a chance. He started well, and we hope he won’t get carried away like his predecessors.

We repeat that Mugabe must be told the truth and nothing but the truth. What we don’t want is for the president to make decisions based on pure lies and propaganda.

Comments (3)

Well said. For a rational mind this is true.All those who are into this bootlicking game are people who feel insecure or those who were hand picked and they now want to please their master. Some of them are mere looters who fear for their ill gotten wealth. Take away all the wealth that they accumulated through the slogans and a little bit of blasphemy surely the bootlicking will die. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.My major worry is why is this leadership not worried about the future generations? They will honestly inherit a mettle of ashes. Everything is collapsing while cheer leaders are busy clapping their hands and trying as much to please one man.We have been denied to create our future from our future not from our past. Time is the master. Smile Zimbabwe

SHAVA - 23 March 2014

Well said. For a rational mind this is true.All those who are into this bootlicking game are people who feel insecure or those who were hand picked and they now want to please their master. Some of them are mere looters who fear for their ill gotten wealth. Take away all the wealth that they accumulated through the slogans and a little bit of blasphemy surely the bootlicking will die. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.My major worry is why is this leadership not worried about the future generations? They will honestly inherit a mettle of ashes. Everything is collapsing while cheer leaders are busy clapping their hands and trying as much to please one man.We have been denied to create our future from our future not from our past. Time is the master. Smile Zimbabwe

SHAVA - 23 March 2014

Sometimes l wonder how these boot lickers can still face their children and expect to be respected by them.And bootlicking has become a national phenomenon,what with every one swelling to bursting when called a 'chef'fgp

mascara - 24 March 2014

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