Leadership renewal not bubblegum politics

Renewing a country’s leadership leaves room for fresh ideas and survival strategies, but to allow the same man to guide a country for 30 years, recycling the same old rhetoric, puts any meaningful growth or development on a go slow.

Zimbabwe could learn something from the politics of the ANC in South Africa.
Zimbabwe could learn something from the politics of the ANC in South Africa.

Zanu (PF) has been recycling ministers and members of parliament for the past three decades, with the most brilliant ideas dying mysterious deaths. The people who showed initiative and independent thought, such as Eliot Manyika, Border Gezi, Moven Mahachi and many more, suffered untimely deaths.

Many of the Zanu (PF) old boys are on their last legs. President Robert Mugabe is always nipping off to Asian countries for hospital visits and Vice President John Nkomo recently flew to South Africa for treatment. Half of Zanu (PF)’s ministerial cabinet are sick. Herbert Murerwa and Stan Mudenge have been out of the public eye recently due to illness and even party stalwarts such as Nathan Shamuyarira have been reportedly not feeling well.

Moving forward

What can we expect from a party led by men like these? With elections on the horizon, these ministers will be introduced as candidates once again and people will be forced to vote for them. Can Zimbabwe really move forward with this kind of leadership?

It is biologically proven that a person make goals according to his age. When you are young and energetic, you make long term goals, but when you reach a certain age, your goals have a shorter lifespan.

Zanu (PF) is a tired party full of ailing leaders with short term plans. In this regard, the youths and the middle aged do not fall into the party’s policies. People need a party that can think ambitiously in the long term, with policies that will inspire the youth. These kinds of goals can only be made by a leader who knows he will live to see his plans succeed.

Survival strategies

Zanu (PF)’s survival strategies are short term, and that is why they are doing everything to stay in power. Since 2000 they have developed survival strategies, some of which are detrimental to the economy and human lives. Land invasion, the clean up exercise, indigenisation and the so-called empowerment drive have all been bubblegum measures to stay in power. These measures benefited Zanu (PF) rear guards, leaving the young people unemployed and desperate on the streets of Zimbabwe.

Zanu (PF) has failed to groom their next leader and it is likely that the party will split when President Mugabe finally goes. Most politicians know that if the old man disappears from the political scene, they have to hang up their boots in political circles. This is difficult for them because their safety is not guaranteed and their life-long corruption and mismanagement will likely be exposed.

Leadership renewal is essential for a party to survive in the political arena. A new leader brings renewed hope and aspirations, new solutions to the problems and a different way of doing things.

Political parties that constantly renew their leadership structures have remained relevant to their electorates. The ANC of South Africa is a true testimony to that. Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma were in power over the space of 16 years – Zimbabwe has a lot to learn!

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