Day: April 27, 2018

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Chamisa President Of Zimbabwe And The Generational Consensus Debate

Chamisa President Of Zimbabwe And The Generational Consensus Debate

By Discent Bajila | One of the major and legitimate criticisms of the idea of generational consensus has been that it is devoid of social class and ideological thinking. Critics have found cause to believe and argue that beyond the desire to have Nelson Chamisa as President of Zimbabwe, Generational Consensus is just cold and hollow.

This article seeks to bring forth the ideological standpoint of generational consensus and further locate the candidature of Nelson Chamisa as a coincidence of several historical moments . One of these moments being the push towards national development consensus in our lifetime.

Every Zimbabwean, young or old, male or female, war veteran or not, home-based or in the diaspora aspires to see a Zimbabwe where through use of indigenous natural resources we can produce enough goods and services not only for our own consumption but for export to other countries that are not in a position to produce what we can produce. It is also the wish of every Zimbabwean of sound mind that we can be able to manufacture and trade in goods whose raw materials are not locally extracted. This we can achieve by importing raw materials and establishing assembly plants in our cities, towns and growth points. A deepened focus on these things will have the overall effect of creating millions of jobs, increasing our living standards and minimising emigration among other things.

In order to achieve optimum levels of production through our natural and imported resources the basics must be covered. These include continuous supply of water and electricity, a sound healthcare system, good road, rail and air transport infrastructure , reliable internet connection and an education system that responds to the needs of modern trends of National development.

This kind of development for Zimbabwe requires a leadership capable of seeing deep into the future. A kind of leadership that understands that it must be possible to transport bulk fresh fruits between Juliusdale and Plumtree within a short space of time. Thus the idea of fast moving trains must be welcomed by everyone. It can then be debated whether those trains must be called bullet, super, mega, swift or whatever name that should distinguish them from the ordinary.

Zimbabwe development deserves a kind of leadership that can dream that one day it shall be possible for people to work in the industries of Bulawayo driving their own vehicles daily from their homes in Robert Sinyoka, Nyamandlovu, Ntabazinduna, Esigodini, Kezi and so forth. This must be possible because real development must not interfere much with the family unit! However when that happens our current road infrastructure will not be able to handle the traffic congestion, hence it will become an absolute necessity to have roads suspended over other infrastructure including over other roads. Spaghetti roads are thus a very good vision every Zimbabwean must look forward to. We can then entertain debate on whether these spaghetti roads must be part of our short, medium or long term planning.

These are but some of the ideas are unanimously supported by all sound minded Zimbabweans regardless of their station.

Differences arise on how each one of us wish to move from where we currently are to the end point of prosperity. These are very healthy differences.

The idea of generational consensus is that Zimbabweans living at this day and age experiencing the kind of things that we experience now must have a convergence of thoughts in terms of how we extricate ourselves from our current poverty, social disharmony, and political skulduggery to a classic developmental state.

The proponents of Generational Consensus opine that in order for Zimbabwe to prosper, the means of production must be indigenously owned and used for the ultimate good of society. The government, traditional authorities, municipalities and indigenous individuals must own the land and the mines regardless of their race , gender , tribe or age. However land on its own is of no use. It tastes bad for consumption. It can only be of value if those who work on it are equipped with skills and capital. The current land crisis is characterized by the fact that the majority of those who own the land have neither capital not skill. They only have a desire to work on the land. Those who are getting skilled year in year out have neither the land nor capital. Those who have capital are hesitant to invest in land use activities fearing that at any given point in time someone can toyi toyi into that investment backed by one excuse or another.

Those who own the skills necessary to produce out of the means of production need to have security that as they sell their skills to owners of capital, they can be able to determine the financial worth of their skill without the threat of loss of employment.

Generational Consensus is thus a Social Democratic idea aiming at creating certainty around which owners of land, capital and skills can collaborate and produce surplus food for our generation.

Thus a government based on generational consensus will have clear policies on State Land, Private Land, Communal Land and Municipal Land.

Another key issue that our generation must have consensus on is building a culture of saving. Zimbabweans must be reintroduced to saving because saving is one of the major sources of capital. At individual level, this means that the people’s confidence in the banking system. The people of Zimbabwe who have lost confidence in the banking system because there is never certainty that they will get their money as and when they need it are the entity the is focal point of #GenerationalConsensus. Once the people in our generation has confidence in the banking system ,it will become possible for them to save money and build capital thereby reducing dependence on the state. Another avenue by which a government developed through Generational Consensus can save public money is through maintaining a lean Cabinet. The cost of maintaining ministers with their multiple perks and assistants has a huge bearing on the fiscus. A cabinet of between fifteen and twenty Ministers could save Zimbabwe millions of Dollars every month. The option of ensuring that Ministers and indeed the President are energetic people who still have the ability to juggle between family and various public responsibilities without the need to keep the ambulance on speed dial. While it is not the idea of Generational Consensus that young people should exist as a social class and attempt to overthrow the state for their own interests, #GenerationalConcensus is unapologetic about the need to have young people as a numerical majority in the management of public affairs. Generational Consensus is largely about an acceptance by all that society constantly needs to be refueled with new ideas and that with age, mental creativity dwindles.

The fact that the first people to support the Presidential Candidature of Nelson Chamisa is sufficient evidence that it is not about hatred of senior citizens but rather a realisation that senior citizens have ran their race and it could be a befitting honour to have them retire and allow new ideas to refuel our society. The late Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, deep in his 60s understood things this way. The likes of Professor Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti, Ambassador Agrippa Mutambara and many other MDC alliance leaders are not young people but they understand things this way.

Zimbabwe deserves more. Zimbabwe deserves better. Zimbabwe deserves you.


Khupe Gone, Chamisa MDC Women And The Fight For Democracy

Khupe Gone, Chamisa MDC Women And The Fight For Democracy

by Grace Kwinjeh | The continuous attacks on MDC President Advocate Nelson Chamisa on the basis of former Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s jumping ship are unfortunate requiring a response that sets the record straight.

The main bone of contention being that Khupe made a personal decision to leave the party, abandoning sister comrades she had worked with for years, I am one of those who still cherishes many fond memories in the trenches with the comrade sister.

We are all at pains to understand what informed Khupe’s decision to leave, because for those who have remained and fought it out as women for their spaces in the party, the fight against Zanu PF at this point in history is more important than positions and trashing a brand our late President Morgan Tsvangirai sacrificed and suffered for.

Consequently, one is forced to interrogate Khupe’s abrogation of duty vis-a-vis the opponent’s praises and cheers. What interest does Zanu PF have in Khupe’s victory?

It is simply self-defeating to argue that Khupe’s fight is for the emancipation of women, when all she has done in the last few weeks is to be the vehicle and basis upon which Zanu PF has unleashed the most deadly attacks against Advocate Chamisa and the party he leads.

Taken in view of the fact that women even here in western democracies are still fighting for their spaces, with real fears in Europe of a regression in terms of women’s participation in political parties.

It is therefore, demonstrably foolhardy and sinister to narrow a global women’s fight for emancipation to Advocate Chamisa’s political rise, if anything by his latest pronunciations to advance the cause of women, he joins the ranks of Thomas Sankara and others who have championed the women’s cause.

In any event it is not a given that a female leader will automatically by virtue of sex advance the cause of fellow females and lift their status, we know of rabid female autocrats who rule over other women with no guilt or shame.

By her actions Khupe is inadvertently empowering the very system that has oppressed and marginalised women, making a mockery to the whole MDC brand and what we women as a collective have over the years struggled and fought for. Hired crowds that give comfort to Zanu PF but sadly and I hope she will realise soon the torment the people of Zimbabwe are going through. Yes, Zanu PF can laugh, but who is crying?

Our struggle as MDC women working side by side our brother comrades who include our President Chamisa, was not just about removing Robert Mugabe, it was about dismantling the whole partriarchal  Zanu PF system that impoverished the whole nation, with women suffering the most.

Women today are rising to fight against a corrupt system that has short-changed them. We see them in Marange, Hwange and many other places, across the country, rising to fight. Mothers, gogos are not playing games they want change and are cheering a young male leader, their decision is well informed as to the future they want to see.

After serving in the highest organs of the party for close to two decades, it is a lie of the highest order that Khupe has suddenly realised that the MDC is patriarchal and violent.

A lie that simple facts will expose.

When sister Khupe made the decision to leave the party, Advocate Chamisa spent days if not weeks pursuing her in order to convince her to come and take her rightful place in the people’s struggle.

Furthermore, the fact that senior female party leaders and those in the structures did not follow Khupe, resulted in her burning midnight oil amending a dubious version of an MDC constitution to accommodate political wanderers who were looking for homes, we were later to learn.
It is patently clear that people can gain traction by raising gender, race and class related issues in political and social debates. Former President Robert Mugabe was notorious for bashing Western countries at every opportune moment. Therefore, we can see what Khupe is trying to do, but it is very erroneous for her to attribute gender to her political problems.

Zanu PF has used the same method in the past. For a long time Zimbabwe’s opposition has been fed the narrative that by taking a stand against a black nationalist regime, they had invariably become sell outs or to use the derogatory term used in the United States of America in the past, they had become “house niggers”.
That system has now been laid bare and exposed under the so called new dispensation. It was a big lie. A fraud that was used to intimidate and devalue Zimbabwe’s opposition as being clueless when it came to engagement with international players. Now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag, we turn to another case of deception in the making.

These relentless efforts to try and define the MDC Alliance and the MDC led by Advocate Chamisa in particular as violent and patriarchal are not only misleading but very false. They are a sinister characterisation meant to attack and demean the Chamisa and MDC Alliance brand, based on the manipulation of facts to suit a certain narrative.

God willing, one day we will be at liberty to describe the trials and tribulations that other women faced at the hands of Khupe.

Advocate Nelson Chamisa is the man of the moment, a leader many now pin their hope for change and a better Zimbabwe.

PICTURES: President Chamisa Meets Aspiring Candidates, Women’s 50 % Safe

PICTURES: President Chamisa Meets Aspiring Candidates, Women’s 50 % Safe

President Advocate Nelson Chamisa is meeting with over 4000 MDC aspiring candidates who wish to represent the party in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

The President meets the candidates in a capacity building workshop, with the party leadership affirming in Primary election guidelines that, ” It shall be the duty of every Province to maintain 50% Women and 20% youth quota as agreed.”

Wrote Advocate Chamisa on his Twitter portal, “Addressing MDCT MP candidates at a capacity building workshop. We have over 4418 candidates who have shown interest in the party primaries for this 2018 election to be held soon.Our party is growing, vibrant & dynamic.We are winning.#Godisinit.”