Mnangagwa's vision shallow: Mutambara

HARARE - Zimbabwe's former deputy prime minister, Arthur Mutambara, last week slammed newly-installed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying his national vision lacked depth and substance.

The robotics professor and Oxford scholar even went on to declare on Twitter that there is no new dispensation “yet” in Zimbabwe, contrary to the much-hyped message saying so by Mnangagwa’s administration.

Speaking at the just-ended CEOs Africa Round Table conference in Victoria Falls last week, Mutambara — who served as late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s deputy in the coalition government with now ousted Robert Mugabe — said Mnangagwa’s vision and strategy lacked national approach and appeal.

“What . . . Mnangagwa said (in his speech focused on shared national vision, among other issues, he presented the previous day) yesterday was shallow,” Mutambara said.
“Zimbabwe does not have a shared national vision,” he insisted.

Mutambara argued that Mnangagwa’s vision was that of Zanu PF, which is not shared by the nation.

“The vision must not be from one party (Zanu PF) and be driven by the nation,” he said, adding that “I know Mnangagwa is the president, but he is from a political party,” Mutambara said.

He went on Twitter to say: “A shared national vision requires NEW political, social and economic values across the nation (A new value system), which include: inclusiveness, tolerance, democracy, freedom constitutionalism, integrity, meritocracy, equality, fairness, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, excellence, technology savvy, ubuntu, continuous learning, & winning habits.”

He added: “A new dispensation is NOT declared but earned. We are NOT there yet.”

Mutambara said its time the country’s leadership “eliminates reckless talk”. “Tell us your growth projections and assumptions. Your aspirations. . . must be anchored on substance and the numbers. Let’s start measuring things differently from the traditional,” he said.

“Let’s understand our numbers and potential. Let’s talk about regional and global competitiveness,” Mutambara said, adding that Mnangagwa’s goals must be “specific, measurable, attainable and time-bound”.

Mnangagwa, in his presentation at the conference, had said “we can rebuild Zimbabwe through a shared national vision.

“Zimbabwe is ours together. We should exploit forward and backward economic linkages,” he said.

“We should at Sadc, regional and global integration,” Mnangagwa said.

He added the mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business” and “all capital is welcome in Zimbabwe, domestic and foreign”.

But Mutambara argued that the president’s vision and strategy are “too general”.

“Let’s have the numbers. What we want is to do things effectively. Let’s come up with a new matrix. Also, understand the role of geology. Recently, you were in Davos.
Let’s dream to be in the top 40 of World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index,” he said.

“Our agenda for 2040 must be all inclusive; it must include all political parties...,” Mutambara argued.

Comments (9)

Succintly put Professor. But it takes more than one person to formulate, process and mould a big idea into a national vision. The question should be as the leader of Zanu PF what is the vision President Mnangagwa articulating which will morph into the national vision. What is aspirant to the throne Chamisa articulating on behalf of MDC that can birth into a national vision? What are we going to hand future generations, how do we break down the vision into sizable chunks that the various sectors of society can bite into? How does civic society, church, business, every Zimbabwean contribute to the national vision? In one sentence what is Zimbabwe's vision?

Daniel 5 - 19 March 2018

Mutambara...shallow minded is you who never,never be a President of the Country....Mnangagwa is on nice try....you Mutambara failed to Lead MDC-Ncube...what are you criticizing President Mnangagwa for?....you lumpen...

silungsani ndlovu - 19 March 2018

Mutambara, of all people. Trying to make some significancy. Where have you been all along. Just shut up and dream Ncube will invite you to lead his party again, which I doubt since you achieved nothing, completely nothing when you were deputy PM in the past GNU

Yohwe - 19 March 2018

MUTAMBARA YOU HAVE NO BRAINS AT ALL , YOU WANT TO GAIN RELEVANCE BY ATTACKING ED . TOUGH LUCK ITS BETWEEN CHAMISA & ED . IF YOU HAVE ANY POLITICAL CAPITAL BY NOW MDCT WOULD HAVE ADOPTED YOU THE WAY THEY DID TO TENDAI & WELSHMAN . BUT YOU ARE A ZERO JUST LIKE JONSO! SOME OF THESE SO CALLED PROFESSORS ITAI MUCHITARISA MAPEPA AVO .

JEHU - 19 March 2018

Ndhlovu and yohwe are fools. In this era and considering where we are we dont want people who try we want people who achieve. Zanu haidiwe nevanhu sha and they know it but they still force themselves on us using all sorts of stuff. Havagone ngavape vechidiki vaone kuti haimhanyi here nyika iyi wakanyara. musada kutinyangadza.

imbwa - 19 March 2018

MUTAMBARA SHUT UP POLITICS IS NOT YOUR AREA . SHUT UP YOU FAILED AS A POLITICIAN . KUBVA ZVAWAKAITA ROBOTICS TIUDZEWO KUTI ZVAKA BENEFITA ZIMBABWE PAPI ?

MDCN - 19 March 2018

Mutambara don't just criticize without solution, your fellow professor Jonso created AIPPA and POSA, Jonso showed us that being a professor is not equal to being smart. You are not smart either.

ptk - 20 March 2018

Imbwa, uri mbwa chaiyo. Who taught you to write/speak. Your owner is a genius though he/she didn't teach you to reason.. Please advise me who he/she is so that he trains my dog also. For free of course.

Yohwe - 20 March 2018

Politics ! I think mutambara is now in political wilderness. BT your views are gooooooooooooooooooooooooood

chifinhuj - 21 March 2018

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