Can Chiyangwa keep his cool?

HARARE - A few people have asked the rather large question: Why does Philip Chiyangwa want to lead the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa)? Wouldn’t he rather lead Zanu PF?

Others have asked the question: Why would anyone want to be led by Chiyangwa, rather than by Idi Amin or even Adolf Hitler?

A few pundits claim to possess as wide knowledge of political leadership as the people who chose Hitler, Benito Mussolini and the strange elf-like Ethiopian dictator, Haile Selassie who was toppled by a soldier?

In Zimbabwe, there are many ordinary citizens who find Robert Mugabe a rather distant ruler.

The man is so distant from his people, most of them would rather salute him from a distance — as if they feared a slap in the face from him.

Most people fear to be slapped by their leaders. Most of them are raised that way by their parents.

Most such people grow up to be insufferable dictators. We gone for 35 years with one person at the helm.

I doubt that there is one Zimbabwean citizen who would say proudly that he or she enjoyed Mugabe’s leadership.

Mugabe hardly smiles in public.

Perhaps he fears that such a smile would register the wrong impression with his people — that he is frivolous.

That is one man’s opinion. But many Zimbabweans regard Mugabe as someone they ought to fear.

He rarely smiles and if he does smile at all, this is accompanied by a smirk of some sort — don’t fool around with me, uh? 

Most people in Zimbabwe would like a leader whose look alone does not frighten them out of their skins.

Idi Amin did that to all his people and that is why, when he was killed, many Ugandans celebrated loudly.

Unfortunately for us, many Zimbabweans would go into similar celebrations if Mugabe continued to smirk at his citizens as he does.

Does this suggest that he himself dislikes his people as much as he dislikes them?

Is that the way it ought to be? Shouldn’t there be a friendliness between the leader and the led?

A leader whose every presence among the people raises ululations and cheers from his people is a genuine welcome among his people.

Why would the leader want to create an atmosphere among his own people every time he is among them?

To be feared in that way is utter devilish.

Some psychologists suggest this fear may be based on the person’s own fear of the subjects — that the ruler believes he or she is frightened of them.

Most leaders who fear their followers are unsteady in their positions of power.

It has been suggested by many that such leaders develop a paranoia of their leaders early in life.

This can grow into something quite big, later in their lives.

Such leaders may always have been weak, but are not allowed to display this fear in public.

Once they have displayed their lack of fear in public, there is no telling how far they would go to display their bravery.                

Most leaders are boosted in their courage once the leader shows that they have the guts.

Comments (4)

So what dictators have to do with ZIFA president?

Dominic - 11 December 2015

Bill Saidi should do some basic home. Idi Amin was not killed but died of kidney failure. Or he was killed by kidney failure. How dare you describe Haile Selassie as an elf.

Innocent Chokureva - 11 December 2015

An arrogant person can never keep their cool

Grasshopper - 11 December 2015

I thought the title is about Chiyangwa? Can we learn to stick to subject of the matter (title)

E - 12 December 2015

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