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MEET THE CANDIDATE: MDC-T Chamisa’s Joana Mamombe To Be Parly’s Youngest Female MP?

MEET THE CANDIDATE: MDC-T Chamisa’s Joana Mamombe To Be Parly’s Youngest Female MP?

In this series of Meet The Candidate, this platform will give you profiles of those candidates who have been confirmed by the MDC Alliance to stand in the ongoing Primary Elections. To start the ball rolling we have Molecular Biologist Joana Mamombe who is campaigning in the Harare West Primary elections, should she win both the Primary and the Parly seat Joana stands to be the country’s youngest female MP. Mamombe joins the ranks of other youthful politicians who have walked before her, these include Party President Advocate Nelson Chamisa, Tafadzwa Musekiwa among others. Below is Joana’s profile.

Joanah Mamombe aspiring Member of Parliament for Harare West Constituency.

Joanah Mamombe was born on 18 June 1993 in Harare. She grew up in a Christian family devoted to the Dutch Reformed Church of Zimbabwe. Joanah is very passionate about young people’s participation in political and governance matters. She is a gender and human rights activist. She strongly believes that 2018 is a defining moment for Zimbabwe and for young people to take the generational challenge to complete Zimbabwe’s transformation to a democratic developmental state. Joanah believes that many young people have been victims of and more than any other generation have felt more acutely the scourge of unemployment and a collapsed economy. She sees herself as a new and young crop of young and dynamic leaders who are dreaming of a new prosperous Zimbabwe. Joanah is campaigning to represent Harare west in the house of Assembly in 2018. Joanah is a passionate supporter of President Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance Presidential candidate for the 2018 Harmonized elections.

Joanah is a trained Molecular Biologist from the Universities of Bergen in Norway and the Sussex in the UK where she Studied an MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetic Manipulation respectively. Her research interests focused on Cancer therapies and neurodegenerative disease called Parkinson’s. Joanah is a recipient of the 2017 Cannon Collins Scholarship a prestigious academic award for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom. In 2016, she was also awarded the Students at Risk Award (STAR), a flagship scholarship for Norwegian Government for students facing persecution in their own countries. Joanah is a graduate of the University of Chinhoyi where she completed a BSc in Biotechnology. She thus has a very strong background in public health and cancer research. Joanah will certainly be an asset to the MDC Alliance as one of the few STEM and young members of parliament.

Joanah has a very strong sense of public service and leadership. She has served as the first female Secretary General at Chinhoyi University and also later served as National Gender Secretary for Zimbabwe`s national students body, ZINASU. In this role, she was involved in and coordinated several campaigns to highlight the plight of students in Zimbabwe. Some of these campaigns came at great personal risk as in 2015 she was heavily beaten and tortured at the hands of police. She has the discipline and courage we seek to see in young people to fight for one’s conviction and rights even in the face of adversity. She is one of the co-founders of #Tajamuka an initiative of young people that challenged the government of Zimbabwe on the growing social and economic challenges in 2016. It is thus no surprise that she now seeks to join the parliament of Zimbabwe. In 2014 in recognition of her courageous work she was chosen to attend a global conference in Denmark marking 100 years of women in politics and leadership. In 2017, Joanah was a keynote speaker at the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe where she spoke about young people as change makers in a rapidly globalizing world. She was also invited as a Guest speaker at the International Students Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT), Norway focusing on public health. All these speaking and global commitments demonstrate her strong leadership skills. She is a global citizen and an effective communicator. She clearly is a rising star in the politics of Zimbabwe and will no doubt make an effective member of parliament.

Joanah has lived in Harare west where her father owns a property. She is a member of the Harare west MDC structures and has also been active in the Youth Assembly. In 2015 Joanah led a program for school leaver education dubbed, “tangira pawakasiira” that sought to prepare MDC youths to sit for O`level exams. The program was closed due to funding challenges but it demonstrates Joanah desire to serve her community. This program was launched by President Tsvangirai and was meant to improve the skills base of the MDC. She was one of the key mobilisers in the 2013 elections and her umbilical code with the Party dates back to her student days in ZINASU. Joanah is thus a loyal child of MDC and Harare West.

The 4D Effect of Farce Primary Elections 

The 4D Effect of Farce Primary Elections 

Dr Zamchiya

By Dr. P. Zamchiya | Reader, the primary elections season is upon us. A time to choose between your children. Difficult, but a more compelling case to practice Internal Party Democracy (IPD). I refer to IPD as the extent to which there is an inclusive participatory process by members of the party in decision making processes and a representative outcome.
The failure to uphold IPD during candidate selection can result in party disunity expressed through what I call 4 Ds. First is de-alignment. This is a situation whereby party members unfairly treated during primary elections will choose to participate as independent candidates at ward and constituency levels. Remember the Zimbabwe Independent Alliance (ZIA) in 2013. Second is deviation. Ill-treated members will not leave the party. They will stay in the party, chant slogans, attend rallies, wear party regalia and dance with swagger. If it is in the MDC they will shout the loudest ‘Chamisa chete chete’ in daylight. However, far from the crowd they run a whisper campaign against and on polling day they deliberately vote for another party as a way to express disgruntlement. In sophisticated cases, they can campaign for party President, party councillors, but for MP [if it is the bone of unfairness] they deviate. You are right its bhora musango. Third, is defection. Here unhappy party members can defect en masse to other political parties. Fourth is de-legitimisation. A situation where the disgruntled will expose the party’s undemocratic practices. A combination of these 4Ds will negatively affect electoral performance.
Contrary to my propositions, others like Duverger and Sartori have argued that IPD threatens practical efficiency and can weaken the party’s capacity to compete for political power. Drawing from May’s ‘law of curvelinearity’ they posit that party members do not represent the needs of ordinary voters because they tend to be more ideologically extreme than both party elites and general voters. However, there is no systemic empirical evidence to suggest that party members are more ideologically extreme or that the oligarchic judgment of party leaders will help the party win an election. My scientific observation on party activists in Zimbabwe have concluded that grassroots activists are generally closer to the ordinary voter than elites from party headquarters. I challenge for more studies!
Reader, I am not arguing for a utopian model of IPD. There are practical constraints such as political manoeuvring of parties as they seek electoral alliances, youth and gender considerations. My point is when faced with such constraints the leadership should not unilaterally make decisions as a default position. As Teorell has argued, the idea is to establish deliberative procedures for the exchange of arguments between party leaders and party members. When the views of the party elites diverge from those of the activists-or the party’s voters for that matter-they have a special responsibility to give reasons for their dissenting verdict. Reader, the legitimate basis for such claims would be the force of the argument and not size of the stick.
I therefore do not ignore practical realities necessary to regulate the participation of party members in decision-making but ask for deliberative and compelling platforms. For example, Childs argues that, ‘if left alone, party selection processes are unlikely to produce parity of descriptive representation for women and men’. There is indeed enough empirical evidence to suggest that party structures are unrepresentative of their party’s voters in demographic terms. Political parties are not only dominated by men but the society at large is patriarchal. Here, there is need to move from the traditional conceptualisation of IPD and argue that representations of women and youths, previously excluded from democratic institutions constitute indicators of IPD.
Nevertheless, we do not want a situation where political practical considerations are used as an excuse to hide behind what really explains party transgressions in Zimbabwe’s political parties today. If we are to follow the iron law of oligarchy, subversion of IPD is largely accounted for by the rise of a small group of politicians at a local and national level usually aided by the bureaucracy. This group makes decisions to protect and consolidate their power and personal interests rather than of the members they represent and the broader party goals. The oligarchs believe they know more than members and that they are infallible. This is a cancer in Zimbabwe’s party politics. A dangerous conception that affects electoral performance.
All ills that undermine IDP and lead to the 4Ds must be fumigated. Basics are important. Providing the electoral college to all candidates, banning vote buying, an impartial, competent and accountable personnel running the primary elections, transparency in the number of ballot papers printed and distributed, no transportation of ballot papers before counting, all voting stations placed in neutral places, no superimposition by hook or crook by the oligarchy to mention some and hands off state institutions.
In summary, IPD helps to construct public deliberations on democracy, profiles the party’s electoral image as one committed to more democratic principles, affords an opportunity to choose popular candidates, lessens intra-party conflict and improves the party’s chances of winning an election. This is even more important for the opposition parties which face external constraints like an evil trend of state-financialisation of our politics and other electoral malpractices. Therefore, there is a compelling need to minimise internally generated conflict which will lead to deviation, de-legitimisation, de-alignment and defections with devastating electoral consequences.

Road To Victory Adv. Chamisa Speaks

Road To Victory Adv. Chamisa Speaks

Advocate Nelson Chamisa

Advocate Nelson Chamisa | Fellow Zimbabweans, in keeping with our Gogogoi Tisvikewo/Ekuhle campaign, I was in rural Seke and Mhondoro over the weekend where people were unequivocal in their determination and resolve to vote for transformation and palpable change in the next election.

We have said we are prioritizing the rural areas where the majority of Zimbabweans live.
On Saturday and Sunday, I was in Seke and Mhondoro where the despondent people in those rural communities can no longer afford the laughter any more.  I interacted with business people, opinion and community leaders who all narrated to me the sad tale of their current penury and suffering.

They told me the now familiar national story of the collapsed infrastructure and social services; especially health and education and how the old and the infirm are struggling to survive under this inept government.

At the two rallies, I had the occasion to articulate our vision on the five key pillars of governance, the economy, infrastructure rehabilitation, social services and international re-engagement.

On governance, our government will govern and not rule. Governance involves engaging and listening to the people while ruling presupposes talking down to them. Our government will look after everyone regardless of their political affiliation.

On the economy, our vision is to have a modern, inclusive and diversified economy by 2023.

On social services, especially health and education, we want to ensure the nation is well served in these areas. On health, we have a comprehensive blueprint that includes both child care and adult care, a plan in which those with terminal and chronic ailments such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and other ailments will be able to access treatment for free. Our old people above the age of 65 would also be able to access free medical care in all public hospitals. We have a plan to set up the best health facility in the region for those living with albinism so that they can have access to glasses and special lotions. On education, our government will provide free primary education and resuscitate loans and grants for tertiary students so as to give reprieve to suffering Zimbabweans.

Through infrastructure rehabilitation, we will be able to provide employment to the millions of our young and old who are failing to get a job. We will resuscitate roads, railways, airports, industries and other infrastructure in a massive way that will create jobs through public works programmes. We have already secured funding for infrastructure rehabilitation so that Zimbabweans can find a reason to hope again.

On international engagement, our mantra is that Zimbabwe will be best for business. Zimbabwe will be a safe haven for investment as investors will be assured of the safety of their ventures. We pledge to audit and revise all business deals being signed by the current government to see if they truly benefit the people and the country. It is ironic that every day we hear this or that mega deal has been signed when all we see around us is the mega-poverty facing the people!

At Mubaira growth point in Mhondoro in Mashonaland West, I found yet another despondent rural community in the midst of plenty. These are the people favoured with the huge platinum reserves at the nearby Ngezi platinum mine but who are slugging it out in a quest to put foot on the table.

I heard sad stories of how our traditional leaders are failing to make ends meet. Of the 276 chiefs in the country. Only 56 were given vehicles as the current government desperately tries to curry favour with the traditional leaders. We pledge t give dignity to these custodians of our culture.

We are promising the best for the people of this country. As one young musician said in the captivating lyrics that have become the anthem of our electoral campaign, we pledge to take Zimbabwe to the next level.

Next week, we set off for yet another rural community to interact with people in the rural areas where the majority of Zimbabweans live.

Ode to the country’s toiling workers

Today is May Day or Workers’ Day, that special day reserved to celebrate the world’s working people. For us as a party, this day has a special meaning because the labour movement is our venerated parentage.

We are a party borne out of the sweat, blood, tears and toil of the working people of Zimbabwe. We are a party formed out of the resolutions of the hustling workers of this country following the working people’s convention held in Harare in 1999.The convention was there where the working people resolved to form this great movement that continues to grow in leaps and bounds as testified by the party’s growing support and the huge numbers voluntarily turning up at our gatherings.

It is sad that this is the first May Day commemoration that Zimbabweans are holding in the absence of our dear icon, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the firebrand ZCTU secretary-general who together with the late Gibson Sibanda and others founded this epic movement—the MDC—the mammoth movement that has shaken the regime to the core in the last two decades.

May the dear souls of two great sons of our labour movement rest in eternal peace.
Together with the student and constitutional movement, the workers of this country were the first to say Enough is enough.

The country has long fallen prey to the vagaries of ineptitude which have led to the collapse of our industry; indeed a massive industrial collapse that has created a burgeoning unemployment rate that now stands northwards of 95 percent.

Today, our economy has become highly informalized while over three million of our educated sons and daughters have left the country in search of greener pastures.

The new workers are those millions vending by the sides of our streets. Today, I salute all of you for eking an honest living.

You are the new entrepreneurs and you are the heroes of our land.

To those mothers struggling to put food on the table in our rural and urban communities, you are the new workers and I want to use this day to pay tribute to your daily tribulations in ensuring that Zimbabwe’s families are fed.

To Zimbabweans in the Disapora, who slug it out under trying conditions to send a few dollars to your parents, you are the workers that are keeping the families back home alive.

I want to use this day to salute you.

To our patriotic civil servants, I acknowledge you all. Our doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, those in the army and other government institutions who continue to serve despite your inadequate salaries, I say may God bless you all. We take note of your great service to the people of Zimbabwe.

We note with great concern the ill-treatment of our doctors and nurses and the rest of the civil service.  There is misery galore for our hard-working and patriotic civil servants. The recent debacle regarding our nurses and doctors shows that we need new and competent hands on the wheel of government.

Job security, safety at the workplace and decent wages are key issues affecting both public sector workers and the few who are still in private sector employment. The teaching profession, together with other sectors in the public service, has become an outpost of poverty.

To the commuter bus drivers and their aides who ferry passengers every day, you are the unsung heroes who play an important role in our lives.

To our pensioners and those who lost their life savings due to the ineptitude of this regime, we will restore the proceeds of your toil and we dedicate this day to your service and sacrifice to this country.

Whatever we are doing in this highly in-formalized environment, we are all part of the working people of Zimbabwe and we dedicate this special day to you.

Today, there is nothing to celebrate and all we can do is commemorate and pay tribute to our sweat, our blood and our tears as we all seek to eke an honest living in these trying times.

To the few who are still in formal employment, this is the last May Day of the workers without a bonus, without decent wages and without work-place representation. This is the last May Day for the workers to experience the undermining of their labour rights and the belittling of ILO standards.

This is the last May Day of disrespect of the Kadoma Declaration; of a government disrespectful and contemptuous of its agreements with workers.

Workers must unite and expect a truly new dispensation so that they join the rest of workers globally in living a decent life and enjoying the dignity of their hard work and the profit of their sweat.

The year 2018 is the best opportunity for workers of Zimbabwe to enjoy transformation, opportunities and prosperity.

From August this year after the next election, the army of the unemployed will join the battalion of the working people in the global labour community.

Behold the new.

Have a blessed May Day Zimbabwe!

Adv.  Nelson Chamisa is the MDC-T President and MDC Alliance Presidential candidate. He writes this weekly message every Tuesday to the people of Zimbabwe.

PICTURES: MDC Alliance President Chamisa In Seke

PICTURES: MDC Alliance President Chamisa In Seke

MDC Alliance President Advocate President Nelson Chamisa was yesterday in Seke rural, Jonasi,where he addressed thousands of party supporters.

Said Adv.Chamisa after the meeting, “The Bullet train in Seke communal lands.I liked the mood and wave.We are the ‘next level’ people taking our country to the ‘next level’ in development, transformation, opportunity & prosperity.Victory is certain because#Godisinit.”

Chamisa Next Step, Keep Eyes On The Ball

Chamisa Next Step, Keep Eyes On The Ball

Jim Matopo | Understandably there is much excitement both inside and outside Zimbabwe about the prospects for change and in particular the possibility of a free and fair election for the first time in a generation. Flags are being waved, bright party colours flashed all over the place, hips are swaying , hands clapping and voices ululating. Hopeful prospective candidates are springing up all over the place like fresh flowers after new rain.

Old party programmes are being dusted off and new ideas added. All sorts of promises are being made in the usual style of up -and -coming politicians: renewed public services, an end to endemic corruption, more jobs, better pay, foreign investment, a chicken in every family pot. Even the Crocodile announces that Zimbabwe is open for business again and just waiting to welcome all those rich (and gullible?) foreign businessmen.

But be careful! First things first. Plans for a long-term reform of a sadly misused country are important and necessary, but the immediate goal must be to secure a proper electoral process. Don’t forget that the Crocodile has plenty of training under his old tutor Bob in how to fake and fudge elections- ballot box stuffing, dead voters, even ballot papers with vanishing ink (if Bob is to be believed)- these are all elementary tricks for him and his ZANU-PF henchmen. Then of course there is the fact that he controls a pliant and docile press and TV and that he has largescale financial backing from his Chinese friends….

The opposition needs to concentrate its attention very heavily in the short term on securing a reasonably fair electoral process, and in taking what measures it can to neutralize the ZANU-PF bag of tricks. The essential step in this direction is to concentrate all efforts on influencing foreign governments and media to insist on outside monitoring and surveillance at every stage of the electoral process. Outside observers should be monitoring the electoral process from the beginning- right from the establishment of updated electoral rolls and elimination of dead voters or duplicate voters. And the monitors should not come just from complacent SADC or African Union countries (many of whom are willing to turn a blind eye to practices they use in their own elections). The opposition should lobby single-mindedly in its contacts with overseas governments, international organisations and NGOs to ensure that the monitoring is as widely-based as possible. EU participation is essential, and a Commonwealth presence would also be useful, particularly as the Crocodile is hoping to be allowed back into that club.

Monitoring should not cover just the vote itself, but also all aspects of the build-up to the vote- including monitoring of bullying by police, army or ZANU-PF thugs at election rallies, pressure on civil servants to vote for the government candidates etc. The international community should be asked to help ensure equal access to media outlets, whether TV, radio, newspaper or social media outlets. If necessary independent journalists should be financed by the international community throughout the electoral period to provide a counter-balance to the state media.

During the election itself, external monitors should be present in each polling station to ensure privacy and absence of intimidation, and these monitors should be present during the sealing and transport of the voting boxes to local or regional counting centres. Needless to say the monitors should be present during the vote count, randomly checking the tellers, and should be required to certify the validity of the count in each centre. Representatives of all main parties should be allowed to observe the count. Unduly high percentages of spoilt papers or blank votes should be checked on a sample basis by the monitors for fraud. The final results should be checked centrally and certified by the leaders of the monitoring teams, who must put their own expertise and honesty on the line in this respect..

The government will no doubt seek to wiggle its way out of stringent election- monitoring by arguing that this is an infringement of sovereignty or that there is not time to make all these preparations before an election, or that it is too expensive. The opposition should not allow itself to be bamboozled by such talk. A properly organized and fair election is an essential prerequisite for making a new start in Zimbabwe; without it the present regime will continue to bluff and cheat its way into retaining power for itself and its cronies just as it has done on more than one occasion in the recent past. The process may be expensive, but donors must be persuaded that it is a good investment in the long-term stability of the country. The process may take time, but this is time well-invested, and with the support of the international community it can surely be organized in a reasonable timescale. If a few months’ delay is the price for a well-organised election, this is a price worth paying

So we should ask Zimbabwe’s wisest opposition politicians to put the intoxicating cut and thrust of policy discussion and personality politics on one side for the moment, and to focus on the most urgent practical priority- making every effort to ensure that a free, fair election does take place. Remember what happened to Tsvangerai. Remember your strong point: the Crocodile and his cronies are desperate to get international recognition for their coup regime. They need an election for this, but hope to fake it like last time. If the opposition doesn’t get an internationally guaranteed and monitored electoral process it should simply boycott the pseudo-election peddled by the Crocodile. The risk of this outcome will surely force him to make the necessary concessions, and hopefully will start Zimbabwe on the long upward climb to recovery.


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.”

Chamisa the person enriching Chamisa the moment

Chamisa the person enriching Chamisa the moment

By Luke Tamborinyoka | It all began two years ago when President Morgan Tsvangirai appointed a then 38-year-old Adv. Nelson Chamisa as one his two additional Vice Presidents following his diagnosis with cancer of the colon on 27 June 2016, which appointment signified a novel moment in the politics of a young country long used to gerontocracy or simply rule by old people.

From that day in August 2016, President Tsvangirai showed he was a modern leader alive to the dictates of 21st century politics in which the youth are not the leaders of tomorrow but are the leaders of today.

Since then, Adv. Nelson Chamisa has become more than just a persona. He has infused an epic moment of generational re-invigoration that has reverberated well beyond the narrow precincts of the MDC-T and the MDC Alliance.

Those of us who shared intimate discussions with president Tsvangirai and were privileged to sanctioned forays into his thinking knew the exact message he was sending to the world.

It was not just a message about his succession preferences but a harbinger of younger things to come; a sonorous pronouncement of a new political moment that would excite a hitherto unnoticed generation and the nation at large.

From the outset, it was never about Chamisa the physical being, even though it was Chamisa the person who had reaped the huge advantage for having been the loyal and obedient pupil who traversed a long and arduous journey with the iconic political tutor since 1999.

Indeed, it was never about Chamisa the protégé to the iconic political master.

It has always been about the moment.

Chamisa the person may have been the direct beneficiary of that mammoth gesture of being appointed into the cockpit and his subsequent overwhelming anointment as leader by the legitimate organs of the party.

But it is Chamisa the moment that has always been the more profound message.

True, there is a causal relationship between Chamisa the person and Chamisa the moment because the latter is a direct consequence of—and a derivative from—the former.

Yet it is the moment—and not the person—that appears to have struck both massive resonance and untold trepidation into the hearts of friend and foe respectively.

The Chamisa moment represents an ostentatious generational entrance into the grand leadership politics of the country.

It represents newness, energy, freshness, transformation, opportunity and prosperity.

Chamisa the moment is the true acme of youthful enthusiasm and dynamism.

As a political epoch it represents a ground zero moment—-in simple terms a fresh and innocent start.
While Chamisa the person is mortal and has frailties like all of us, Chamisa the moment exudes pure virtue and innocence.

The moment represents a generational honesty and chastity incapable of sin and transgression.

Because Chamisa the moment exists in an intellectual sense of abstraction, it is an epitome of purity untainted by the mortal tinge of human fallibility. It is clear that Chamisa the moment is bigger and more phenomenal than Chamisa the person.

Zimbabweans across the political and generational divide appear to be appreciating the Chamisa moment that has engulfed the country.

Yet some have had the temerity to call it a cyclone!

His personal attributes of eloquence, oratory and erudite articulation of issues notwithstanding, it is Chamisa the moment that has taken the country by storm.

In fact, this treatise will argue that Chamisa the person, as a mortal being, should be wary of being an impediment to Chamisa the moment.

In short, the person must be careful not to turn out to be a burden or a needless irritation to the enormity of the moment!

The good news is that so far, he has traversed this potentially dangerous terrain with unparalleled dexterity!

Those close to him may not know that being close to him is not synonymous with being in the proximity of the moment.

That the whole nation has fallen friends with the moment is now preposterous.

Chamisa the person is rational and calculating and his political decisions may stand in the way of the political tsunami that Chamisa the moment has become.

The decisions Chamisa the person takes may stand in the way of the sweeping Chamisa moment, much to the detriment of the freshness that Zimbabweans have so readily welcomed!

Yet so far, Chamisa the person has managed to enhance—and not impede— Chamisa the moment. He appears to fully appreciate the enormity of the political dividend that the moment, through the person, will bequeath to Zimbabwe!

The demographic realities of the national voting population as revealed by ZEC go a long way in explaining why the Chamisa cyclone has swept across the country with reckless abandon.

A large chunk of the registered voters are between the ages 18 and 40 and they identify more with the youthful MDC Alliance presidential candidate. They have fallen in love with the moment

There appears to be a generational consensus in this regard!

Yet, as he has shown at rallies he has addressed in the last few weeks, he also has a message for the old and the infirm. He has assured all Zimbabweans over the age of 65 that his government will ensure that they are treated for free. They will also be allowed to use public transport for free, which efficient public transport system will be introduced by the incoming government.

Like the luminary and visionary that he was, President Morgan Tsvangirai had this giraffe anointing of peering into the political realities that lay ahead.

On 3 August 2016, in a speech to the national council following his appointment of Chamisa as Vice President, the doyen of democracy said:

“I took into consideration the fact that my visits across the country have revealed that the party has lost young voters, whether consciously or unconsciously. I had to respond to that key constituency which now constitutes about 60 percent of the country’s voting population. I had to project the MDC as a modern, 21st century political party….”

President Tsvangirai had long seen the political dividend of Chamisa the moment which Chamisa the person may today, by acts of omission or commission, choose to either enhance or undermine.

Indeed, to enrich or impede the moment, that is my new boss’ choice! As English playwright William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet all those centuries ago:

“To be or not to be, that is the question.”

Yes, Moyondizvo, the choice to either retard or enrich the moment is entirely yours!  So far, the country remains engulfed in the politics of Chamisa the moment with its imminent prospects of bringing positive change in the lives of the people.

Yes, behold the new!

Luke Tamborinyoka is the Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications in the MDC-T led by Hon. Advocate Nelson Chamisa. He writes here as an ardent scholar of Political Science.