Moyo in right direction

EDITOR — I have been following the trajectory of Jonathan Moyo with profound bewilderment and curiosity.

His first move in office of sacking non-performing bosses drew my attention significantly for three main reasons; I know his previous “flaws” in the trade, he is a politician and lastly this is Zimbabwe.

Jonathan Moyo is the one credited with muffling media voices through the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

It has became such a stench in the nostrils of the public to such an extend that the average person resents his guts for it.  Moyo is also associated with the Public Order and Security Act which police are still using for stopping peaceful gatherings and demonstrations.

A less-known political commentator once said Posa is too identical to Loma in such a vivid way one would think we are back in Rhodesia.

Moyo might have had good reasons for crafting and ensuring the enactment of these laws now commonly referred to as “draconian”, but members of the public vomited him from their system. Moyo became a nightmare when he enacted the Broadcasting Services Act which authorised 75 percent local content for all local media outlets.

The summary of his “flaws” has attracted critical minds to pen volumes of books. Moyo is a politician and Thomas Jefferson who was also a politician said this about his counterparts “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” 

His statement simply means that, if ever one yearns to work in public office (as a politician) the centre of his heart begins to rot.

No politician can be exonerated. The people we elect to represent us in office are not perfect and those they represent regret putting them in office, if ever they did.

The average politician tries to put on an honest face and a facade of selflessness. They fail remarkably. I once read a joke that centred on the dishonest nature of politicians, a politician had died and on his tombstone the epithet read; “here lies a politician and an honest man.”

Those who read it remarked, “What a shame two men buried in one grave.” 

They could not stomach the fact that the dead politician was the same honest man referred to there-on. So a lot of people doubt the sincerity of Moyo when he fires corrupt bosses in parastatals.

Lastly, this is Zimbabwe. I do not want to sound unpatriotic but our war on corruption has been very uninspiring.  Corruption is like cockroaches in Zimbabwe, you see it in broad daylight wreaking havoc in your house.

You hear about what cockroaches can do and have the pleasure of seeing the damage they have already caused.

So forgive me for saying this but while Moyo seems quite resolute on fighting corruption and improving the state of the nation — he fights a lone battle whose success is as futile as attempting to lick your own elbow.

The nature of corruption in Zimbabwe is so endemic, I regret saying this but it has become incorrigible.

As a result, when Moyo adopts a no-nonsense approach to corruption in Zimbabwe, my hope is simply that he recovers his image and upgrades his profile but when it comes to victory in the area, I prefer to hold on to my chips. 

However, the fact that the war against corruption is great does not mean that efforts to fight it should not be made.

Bismarck — a great statesman of his own time — once said; “A true statesman may not know his exact path but he knows his general direction.’’

Moyo is moving in the right direction and for attempting to take on Zimbabwe’s greatest enemy (corruption) I commend him.

D Zvemisha

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