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Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwiji
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A former student leader, a political activist, a pragmatic Pan African who is out there finding himself and his Africaness.
A former student leader, a political activist, a pragmatic Pan African who is out there finding himself and his Africaness.

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Jonathan Moyo, another key figure in the faction Generation 40 waded into the succession debate during his Sapes lecture a few weeks ago. Instead of putting his faction’s ideas on the table, he turned the succession debate into a discussion of personalities. Even reducing it further to who joined the liberation struggle the earliest. As if this will help in any way to solve our current challenges.

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Perhaps by sharing and speaking of our personal experiences of racism we can make people realize that even though racism is now legally prohibited, there is still more work to be done.

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The moral of the story is you cannot please all of the people, all of the time. This is precisely my message to our opposition leaders, no matter what you do, some Zimbabwean somewhere will be unhappy. Carry on never the less, so long as your intentions are pure and you have the interest of Zimbabwe and its suffering masses at heart.

United we stand, divided we fall!

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Let you be warned dear reader, I take no prisoners as I defend our opposition leaders and the coalition to be. I could not sit idly when opposition leaders are being vilified left, right and centre, when I together with many others have been calling for the opposition to unite. They cannot be insulted for listening to our voices, the people’s cries, cries for them to unite and fight the battle for a better Zimbabwe from a single front.

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Benjamin Franklin aptly put it when he said any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools actually do.

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With more than 40 million African citizens facing food insecurity and some outright starvation, Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the American aid budget by 38% couldn’t have come at a worse time. It is unfortunate that as Africans we find ourselves thrust in this precarious position, sitting and passing judgement on America over its own budget plans.

When instead we are supposed to focus our attention on our governments that subcontract their responsibilities to foreign governments, leaving African citizens to rely on western benevolence. Such an approach is unsustainable and very irresponsible, more so now when the anti-aid sentiments are on the rise in many western capitals.

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For too long we have hammered Zanu PF’s faults. I think going forward we must emphasise what we stand for. Companies are closing, loads of young people are unemployed and a majority of our people underemployed, we therefore must articulate our economic policies unequivocally and sell our economic vision for the new Zimbabwe. Farai and Farisai must be able to understand our economic policies and explain them to their friends.

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In their little heads, they think the coalition is doomed and their positions are safe. They would rather bask in their little titles as opposition leaders than join hands with former enemies and remove Mugabe.

Such pettiness is not only common to the opposition, a majority of senior former Zanu PF members many whom are war veterans despise the MDC. Even those who openly criticise Mugabe and Zanu PF like Fay Chung are very reluctant to join the opposition forces. They hide their reluctance behind some ideological and philosophical arguments like they are unwilling to become tools of imperialism.

It therefore comes as no surprise that Rugare Gumbo, Dydmus Mutasa, Margret Dongo and four other expelled members from the ZimPF were not keen to form a coalition with the opposition. I say good riddance to bad rubbish, many of these leaders were riding high on Mujuru’s back. They might be big names but as individuals they have little followership in the country. Tichaona Zindoga from the Herald was right when he described them as dwarfs in large robes. Instead of belittling Mujuru’s leadership they should go to the people and let them be the arbiter.

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Mugabe runs his party and government like some sort of secret society. As you might know, thieves as individuals do not have honour but they do not kiss and tell. Kereke being a Zanu PF member is simply paying the price for his loud mouth whether he committed that rape or not is besides the point.

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The ANC has been able to survive for over a century because it understood the need for leadership renewal early. Mandela not only did he continue with that ANC tradition of leadership renewal but he extended it to the state too, avoiding a crisis that confronts most of Africa.
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