My real concern is that there are some of us who, when they think they have the opportunity to lead, start pulling down other contenders. I am still trying to establish the rationale of Dr. Amai Mujuru going on an interview and telling foreigners that Tsvangirai’s strength “resonates with you outsiders”. What was she really trying to say? Have the outsiders voted for Morgan Tsvangirai in all the years? Did the outsiders vote for Morgan Tsvangirai when he officially defeated Mugabe in 2008?
Mai Mujuru is alsoÂ reported as having saidÂ her liberation war credentials placed her better than Morgan Tsvangirai, a position repeated by her ally Dzikamai Mavahire recently. The truth is that those who participated in the liberation struggle did so to free the people, not necessarily for them to be Presidents. I am not saying here that people who participated in the liberation war should not be given the opportunity if they have the qualities to lead, but that anyone – whether they participated in the liberation struggle or not should be accorded an equal opportunity to lead. When those who went to the liberation struggle start saying we should be the leaders because we fought the war, then they are turning themselves into another Mugabe, and Zimbabwe doesn’t want another Mugabe at all
This mantra of saying vote us because we fought the war is a Mugabe creation which should never be repeated by anyone who is sane, and as a peace loving Zimbabwean, I will begin to question whoever thinks only political parties linked to the liberation struggle are the ones that need to provide presidential candidates. The ordinary Zimbabweans accept whoever they want to be their leader, like they did in 2008, like they have always tried to do since 2000, but have always been denied by Zanu PF rigging. After all, taking up arms against the Rhodesia army was not the only way to contribute to the struggle, most people who were born by the time of the liberation struggle participated one way or the other.