Let the ugliness die with age.

BULAWAYO - Age is often admired for its erudition. Its familiarity with history cannot be disputed, except for those too young to associate age with experience.

They often blame the aged on a lack of appreciation with the modern world. New ideas often strike them as weird and dangerous.

It takes time for the young to start to know why Father Time, has learnt to be patient with all who seem to be anxious to reach their goals before the starting bell has rung.

Politically, Zimbabwe seems to be at that stage when the young are so impatient for change they may be tempted to skip certain elementary stages of progress because they are anxious to achieve their goals hastily.

It is often too late for them to discover that where patience has been applied, the results have been exceptional.

Politically, Zimbabwe would seem to be at a crossroads: most of the talk among the young would seem to display anxiety to ignore Father Time: talk is often about time being money.

A lot of the fault lies with people anxious for the quick buck, to put it as bluntly as we ought to.

There are now so many people anxious for "The Quick Buck" they are quite likely to try anything if they view the risk was worth it.

So, in their rush to achieve speedy results, they are likely to ignore certain elementary rules - if this will speed their rush to glory.

Some may have studied The Rockefeller Manual, or, quite likely, the novel entitled Studs Lonnigan.

Of course, many other people have learnt their lessons from their grandfathers or uncles - or from novels and short stories.

Incidentally, I have always wondered how many young Zimbabweans were enthused by the story of how Mugabe borrowed $30 million from a fellow politician to launch a business venture of his own.

It may turn out to be a result of my own lack of enthusiasm.

But I have always wondered why not many people were anxious to know what happened to Mugabe's venture.

Remember that this man was a teacher for a long time in his life. Then he entered politics, which changed his life completely.

His supporters would say he performed well, as a politician, although there are some who would be a little anxious to praise his political career as exemplary.

Then he went through a period which would have traumatised many of us - his love affair with a secretary in his office, the death of his wife and the transformation in his entire life.

All this might have changed his entire attitude towards life. Yet his life is still going on, without what you might call serious hitches.

He might even still end up as president, again, even at this late age.

If that happened, I would be one of most flabbergasted people on this continent.

Admittedly, there is much to admire about Mugabe's life, his encounters with the powerful people in the world and his little tussles with small people like me.

What would make me change my entire attitude towards his political life would be if he took a decisive position on political future of the country. 

It may not be possible for him to be regarded in the same light by all of his fellow citizens.

To some, he would be good, to others bad and, still to others, so-so.

I believe if he finished up as Kenneth Kaunda did - retired, in ill-health, it would not be such a terrible end.

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