Opinion

A leadership premised on envy

By Anonymous

By now it must be clear that conversations around the new dispensation were just tooth fairy tales.

True only to those whose minds are yet to develop.

Even those behind the idea laugh at those who genuinely believe in it.

A case of a poisonous concoction getting willing swallowers.

The man who became the face of the new dispensation or 2nd Republic is President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Upon his return from South Africa and while still at Manyame Airbase Mnangagwa promised a break from the past.

He promised all the good things a democratic republic would need, he had a good speech on the day.

Through his voice, a new Zimbabwe was projected.

Many saw the milk and honey days being the perfect ending to a dramatic military coup.

‘At least Mugabe is gone, no one could be worse,’ this was the sentiment.

Little did Zimbabweans know they were daring the gods.

Zimbabwe’s supposed Presidency upgrade was like when a certain mobile operator upgraded its mobile money system.

They replaced a poor system with a dysfunctional one.

Scenes on the ground appear that the Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa was never about the improvement of Zimbabwean lives.

He fought for power because he always looked at Mugabe and wondered how it felt to be the main man.

Since he came to power, he has had an uncreative approach to governance.

After seeing how much Mugabe was revered in academic circles, through earned and honorary degrees, Mnangagwa felt it was right if he too added some weight to his name.

At each and every state university he officiates, he is getting an honorary doctorate in some fields can neither remember nor pronounce.

Just like his predecessor, he is now naming things after himself.

Mugabe had a road named after him, he named an airport after himself and he was in the process of building a university in his name, had he not been stopped.

Mnangagwa has followed the precedent, naming eight roads after himself in one sweep.

What Robert could do in 37 years, Emmerson can in two years.

There are things Mnangagwa has done worse than Mugabe though he must have itched to outdo the man he played dismissal ping pong with.

The health sector has been stagnant for the past 84 days, as junior doctors have sustained a strike.

These doctors need an upward review on their earnings, they believe they should be getting more than they are earning.

Instead of listening to doctors and seeking common ground, the Government has taken an abrasive approach.

To date they have fired 488 doctors.

That’s the biggest mass dismissal in Zimbabwe’s medical history.

A stubborn decision being made at the expense of lives of the ordinary citizen.

There is a silent genocide in Zimbabwe.

A recent cabinet reshuffle showed how very little Zimbabwe is rated in the eyes of its leaders who believe they are our owners.

The Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development he recently appointed holds no university degree.

A man supposed to help with the creation of knowledge in Zimbabwe has never participated in the process himself.

While university degrees are not all there is to life, even a basic one should be a prerequisite for a man who will be part of the critical decision making in the sector.

You can’t preside over a system you are not nuanced on.

The mockery inflicted is not too different from the near coup shocker pulled by Mugabe when he felt his grip on power loosening.

He made Patrick Chinamasa, a man who squints his eyes when reading messages on his phone as his cybersecurity minister.

A highly dynamic portfolio was handed to a rigid bureaucrat.

By putting Dr Sekai Nzenza, a former newspaper columnist as Minister of Industry and Trade, Mnangagwa sought to outdo Mugabe on ridiculous appointments.

Maybe we are judging too early; let us see how she turns out in her role.

But I still maintain she is out of her depth.

This makes me wonder, what if November 17 was a relay point during the misgovernance Olympics.

What if there is a contest to see who will sink Zimbabwe deeper?

We will never know.

But if true, we all know who is winning.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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