Do you think Strive Masiyiwa would make a good president of Zimbabwe?

The main problem with African politics and politicians is that they are poor. They get into politics to make money, most of them are not business people in their own right. Even if they are business people those businesses are usually not very successful or are total failures.

Stanelas Dube
Stanelas Dube

Strive breaks that mould because he has succeeded, Econet Wireless Zim turnover was more than USD700 million, has paid more than US900 million in taxes. Entrepreneurship requires vision and the ability to execute the vision. You will not succeed if you surround yourself with losers,thugs,thieves etc. In that sense Strive has the traits to become a good president because he has the proven abilities to manage and can therefore manage the govt and the economy.

He knows how to create wealth and will therefore help create wealth for the country. He is "rich" therefore does not need to steal and logically is incorruptible?? He appears to be a God fearing man and therefore he would make a principled politician. The afore mentioned is conjecture but the truth is that all the above does not appeal to the African voter. Besides all is not usually what it seems he may turnout to be the worst leader yet. – Rutilio Usayi

Good question, I must hasten to say! Firstly, allow me to declare pecuniary interests. Strive was my classmate for several years of my primary school years at St. John's Convent school, in Kitwe, Zambia, many, many moons ago! I still have indelible memories of his brilliant intellect and creativity even from those youthful days. I have retained a lot of respect for him for those characteristics and his achievements in life. I remain unsurprised by many of his admirable achievements later in life because success, in my humble opinion, was not only written in his personality but with parents such as his, he had no choice but to pursue success with rigorous tanacity and vigor as he has done in his life to date.

He still inspires and strikes me as a disciplined and perservering strong minded individual who respects hard work. He has made it his business to harness and nurture talent where ever he spots it regardless of social, ethnic, sexual and other backgrounds which a true national leader is expected to do. Now, allow me to indulge in the belief that modern politics the world over desperately hungers for such people, especially in a country such as ours that has seen the wanton rape and distruction of resources, and blatant unbriddled abuse of power to deplorable and sickening proportions largely to the benefit of a privileged few.

I am not sure where I could place Strive in the heirachy of national leadership. What I am willing to risk my bottom dollar on are his self-evident organisational and leadership abilities and statesmanship-like attributes; his hunger for meaningful development cultured in a just and democratic environment and nurtured by the desire to create wealth through fair means sanctioned by Christian faith. To be honest, I would much rather prefer a personality of his discription and a leader of his credentials to be in charge of a country I would wish my grandchildren to inherit than that of most of those who are currently aspiring to occupy the highest leadership position of that land of my fathers which lies in near ruin today.

Call it what you will but this is my humble and honest opinion about the man, and dare I say my response to the question you hereby pose. I am sure I am not alone in this dream. – Samuel Pachawo Dhlamini

Depends with the party – Stanelas Dube

Mr Masiyiwa is a succesful business mogul but this does not mean that he can also be succesful in politics. – Godfrey Zimba

At this point in time,anyone will do beta thn Mugabe in terms of economic leadership – Phuti Nothando

Business skills & political qualities are different things ie water & oil. – Danweath Gwanya

Maybe! ……Maybe Not……he is without doubt a man with a vision but a country cannot be managed as same as a company………….but through God everthing is possible – Takunda Nyamasvisva Pasipamire

Part haisapotwe ne mari inosapotwa ne vanhu Biti arikufunga kuti akaisa munhu ane mari kuti ave President we part Tsvangirai achashaya support isu hatidi mari tinoda mutungamiri anoziya zvaanoita Chisa Tsvangirai Chisa tiripo isu kuoma kana kureruka tinewe usatyityidzirwe ramba wakashinga – Beautynhira Nhira

No, not in Zimbabwe. What with people like Biti back-biting you at every turn. Maybe in another country.- Maclass Jowera Mapanga

May be minister of industry and commerce – Andrew Chagumaira

yes we need leaders who are business minded they can have good economic ideas. not teachers and trade unionists – Blaz John

If he comes with a mission to turn around the economy which is what matters the most at present to the common man, then he may be the right guy for two terms. – Mariah Tsakeni Makwara

As a Social and Economic Minister. I wouldn't mind – Lloyd Machemedze Lmac

Strive is just a successful and principled business man who has no direct role in zim politics……..- Alois Guzha

No, i believe he is a good businessman, that does not translate into a good Politician. – Diana Dovee Phiri

Yes…the guy understands economics very well, an area where Zim leaders lack, and he is well ahead in international relations. – Gain Sibanda

maybe jas maybe, politics is totaly different from running a business, some said so bout tsvangirai but now think differently – Benard Gambe

No because Econet robs Peter to pay Paul. – Huggla Caprice

establishing and running a business is different form politics – @Captain_gift

he will suffer the same fate as Welshman, Mutambara and Makoni. They are all very smart politicians but – @Captain_gift

Cult leaders brought hunger, inflation & unemplymnt. Strive brot fones, internet, banking & scholarshps to rurals- @JeraAfrika

Masiyiwa is not a politician. He will struggle & fail outrightly like many businessmen before him – @Taffgidi

Imported leaders never work. Remember Arthur Mutambara? – @gidi_gabriel

My feeling is that the probability is half. Running a company is very different – @gidi_gabriel

He may do but from what I hear he is not interested in the job or says he is not? – @ConorMWalsh

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