The future leadership agenda

HARARE – Following the recent political developments in Zimbabwe, one involuntarily enters into deep thinking and speculation on what will become of the beloved country a year down the line.

There is every reason to explore both extremes, in as much as one would want to remain highly optimistic of the bright days ahead.

The excitement prevailing presently could be short-lived on the one hand and probably the beginning of great things to come, especially on the economic, political and freedom fronts on the other.

One wouldn’t want to be regarded as a prophet of doom given the aura of the moment; dampening the spirits of people who have suffered for so long is the worst thing that can be done though pushing aside the worst case scenario would likewise be detrimental considering that the very system that perpetuated and fed the brutality of the former president is the same that is likewise propelling the new leader to the highest office in the land.

One immediately reflects on the statement by Patrick Chinamasa on the day of the sacking of Robert Mugabe from the party. Chinamasa said what was happening was an internal Zanu PF affair and had nothing to do with the opposition.

Patrick Chinamasa

Patrick Chinamasa

Maybe it’s a statement that was said without deep thought or probably it never represented the position of the party. Whatever the case, herein lies the country’s predicament with the excitement that has been generated among opposition politicians having been watered down instantly.

As things stand; following the purges in Zanu PF, the resignation of Mugabe and the instability caused both in the party and government plus the disjointed opposition, operating in a country without an economy, the only logical move is to form an inclusive political animal similar to the 2009-13 era, an arrangement that has been proven to bring sanity to the country.

Such an administration has the potential of restoring the lost confidence in the eyes of Zimbabweans and the international community at large.

With all eyes on Zimbabwe currently, a slight slip-up will carry with it highly negative consequences. At this stage, one is bound to ask whether the departure of Mugabe and subsequent replacement by his right hand man of half a century would bring any meaningful change which benefits the ordinary Zimbabwean.

Change for the sake of change won’t help improve the well-being of the man in the street. With Zimbabweans a little bit more informed that a leader can be toppled by the masses when they unite, the likelihood of more protests cannot be ruled out as long as their interests are not addressed; a possibility of disregarding the rule of law on the part of the new president will be most likely under those circumstances.

It is my humble submission that anything short of an inclusive government will not solve the prevailing political dilemma; what, with the opposition claiming that they have been fighting the tyranny of Mugabe and demanding his impeachment for the past 20 years?

The common enemy in the minds of many has been Mugabe alongside the cabal that had been looting and destroying the economy.

Shortly after Mugabe’s fall, Zimbabweans are being haunted by the of the Zanu PF system; Mugabeism will not fall with his departure, a lot more will happen to prove how ingrained the culture had become.

Zanu PF cannot go it alone at this point in time. They might think they are strong and united but the ugly head of factionalism might emerge more fiercely if the internal affairs are not handled with wisdom; both in the party and government.

With due cognisance of the fact that they went to war and brought independence, they ought to understand that real freedom requires the contribution of every Zimbabwean. 

It is only reasonable for all and sundry to be involved in the rebuilding of a better and prosperous Zimbabwe. Merely changing the face of the man steering the ship is no guarantee that everything is going to sail on a smooth path. Everyone remains optimistic though, likewise praying for a better Zimbabwe.