Leaders must not overstay their welcome — Mudenda

VICTORIA FALLS - Spending too much time in leadership turns people evil, National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda has said.

Mudenda told delegates at the on-going Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) congress here that leaders who consolidate power become very evil.

Without naming anyone in particular, Mudenda — who took over as leader of National Assembly in 2013 — said it was only human for leaders who stayed in power too long to act in a certain “unacceptable” way.

“So… when we discuss issues of corporate misdemeanours, let us understand that it is a human phenomenon indicating the weakness of human nature, anywhere in the world.

“And the more you get power, the more the devil comes closer to you. The more you get power, the more the devil comes next to you and you begin to do certain things that are unacceptable.”

Mudenda said the “temptation” was very common, and no one was immune.

“And there is no one who is not free from the temptations. Others are very subtle, they survive until they die, but that doesn’t mean they have been angels. They survive because of their subtle nature in their doings,” the Speaker said.

The advocate also said Zimbabweans were passive and needed to speak up against injustices.

“Another very powerful force, outside the Executive and Judiciary to pounce on those who have been found wanting by the parliamentary committee is the people themselves, you the people.

“But the power of the people is more biting when they stand up and say ‘enough is enough’, but that culture is not yet in Zimbabwe.

“It is there in South Africa, but in Zimbabwe, we are law-abiding citizens to the extreme,” Mudenda said.

He gave examples of South Korea and Brazil, where the people had stood up against poor governance and won.

“Take South Korea where the president was involved through a friend in certain dealings the electorate stood up and said the president must be prosecuted and she tried to cling to power with a host of lawyers but she didn’t succeed.

“She was arrested because of the power of the electorate, they demonstrated against her behaviour,” he said, referring to former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye ousted on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that sucked in the country’s business and political elite.

In a dramatic fall from power, Park, 65, became South Korea’s first democratically-elected leader to be thrown out of office after rolling protests against her.

She is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses to contribute funds to foundations that backed her policy initiatives.

“You go to Brazil, it was a lady again and as someone said in one debate, when you put women in positions of power they are less inclined to corruption. But again, the electorate stood up and she’s out.

“Now, the deputy who has taken over, if you have been following CNN, is in trouble because of what? The people! Who are saying we can’t condone this type of behaviour,” Mudenda said.

Brazil’s top electoral court earlier this month dismissed a case that threatened to unseat President Michel Temer for alleged illegal campaign funding in the 2014 election, when he was the running mate of impeached female President Dilma Rousseff.

The ruling gave Temer some breathing room but will not end a political crisis enveloping the beleaguered centre-right leader. He is being investigated separately by federal prosecutors for corruption, obstruction of justice and racketeering.

Wading into Zanu PF factional fights, the Speaker also cautioned that he was not part of the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa-affiliated Team Lacoste.

“Sometimes when I give my thoughts on issues you hear people say ‘he is Lacoste’ but that is not the case, it is just an issue of saying this is wrong when it is…” he said.

Comments (9)

MR Mudenda you are very correct. However you are also part of the people, and you also have to say enough is enough. You are a member of zanu pf but we have not heard you say that the president should step down. Across the Limpopo, members of the ANC have publicly pointed out that Zuma should step down. here in Zim people have been speaking and declaring that is enough is enough but we all know how the security cluster has been used to squash such voices. Where is Itai Dzamara? A few months ago people gathered in Harare to protest the maladministration but the security forces were unleashed upon them. So to make this work the general populace need people in positions of authority like you mr Mudenda to speak out but alas no one in government has dared say a thing. All of you have been grovelling showering praise on the dear leader while the country is being run into the ground. Minister Tshinga Dube came close with his statements but there was no one who came in to support him. Mr Mudenda you have seen that leaders who overstay in power end up breeding evil, so you personally what have been doing about that. #Tajamuka are said to be organising a demonstration, can the people expect to see you amongst the demonstrators?

Gheo - 30 June 2017

Very much on point Mr Speaker except that you point at all the problems around the world but not your own. The one staring you right in your face. Such is Zanu cowardly.

Zuze - 30 June 2017

Very bold statement from Mudenda. Anybody demanding more of him is not sincere.

Clear - 30 June 2017

Stop playing games with us Mr Speaker.We are not as daft as you are.Tell that to yours truely and not the general populace.

Ngazvirehwe Sezvazviri - 30 June 2017

Mr speaker sir wadudza see is gona face riprimand kkkkkkk

dofo - 30 June 2017

Mudenda igamba nhai kkkkk Mazvinzwa here vaMugabe? Hanzi muri mudhuzedhuze maSatani kkk

selele - 30 June 2017

kkkkkkk dzafarisa ka idzi basa ropera manje manje

whidzo - 1 July 2017

The genius Mudenda is of course referring to everybody in Zimbabwe except Comrade and Strongman Robert G Mugabe

biggus - 1 July 2017

There is already a wedge betw Mugabe &Mudenda.Is likely to b one of the persons who were referred to by Mugabe in Masvingo at Mugabe youth rally & is unlikely to b re-elected or appointed the new speaker again,this time round

addmore gudo - 1 July 2017

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