By Cyprien M Ndawana
THE COMPETITION to present Zanu PF for what he really is, the party of ruin, is in full swing. Since the appointment of Foreign Minister Frederick Shava, a convict of documented corruption, to Cabinet, the floodgates of internal destruction of governance have opened.
It is an obligation for ambassadors to provide their governments with honest reports on their host countries. It stands to reason, then, that the appointment of someone who is tainted with Shava was clearly shameless to the world community.
Frankly, Zimbabwe does not afford the luxury of a minister with a turbulent reputation. It is an affront to citizens and to the international community to charge them with a man who has proven to be dishonest. He deserves to be elsewhere, but certainly not in government.
His presence in Cabinet is a brake on economic recovery. This goes against the new beginnings of engagement on which the new exemption seeks to capitalize.
He is a key in the works. Essentially, in appointing it, President Emmerson Mnangagwa committed the oversight of the fit test by viewing it as the brick initially rejected by the builders, but which was then used to build the cornerstone. Still, it does not bode well.
This is the standard that communication requires reputation with variation to achieve penetration. Therefore, my strategy for achieving penetration is to repackage the debacle of Shava’s meeting in the sight of God and man, in a varied speech from my previous open letter.
The ruin from within has become intense. The executives jostle with zeal to surpass themselves. In my opinion, talking about the Patriotic Bill is clearly a convenient blame game. Who should be wary of outside forces when devastating self-harm can be caused from within?
God forgive! There shouldn’t be a citizen who could be gullible to adhere to a fuzzy one like Vision 2030. A regime that attributes the functions of building global mutual relations to discredit does not inspire confidence to have a vision beyond. Ring.
Now the destruction from within is swirling, with a rampant perversion that is beyond comprehension. As the statements by Zanu PF and government officials continue to cause discouragement, I think some insightful words written by poet Anne Sexton come to mind.
She predicted, “Words, like eggs, must be handled with care; once broken, they are irreparable. Her anticipated caution in choosing words diligently was as concerned then as she is now. This is new advice to speakers.
It is astonishing that the holders of high public offices ignore his wisdom. They also ignore a plea from the psalmist David: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to thee, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Despite many conquests David won, including one against Goliath, he was humble enough to crave mastery of oral communication. He was praying about it. Like David, the poet Sexton knew that the choice of words assembled at random has serious consequences.
It is puzzling that the practice of effective oral communication has yet to be instilled by the government and Zanu PF. Given their recent wave of reckless statements, it is concerning that management likes to make reckless statements.
As the choir crescendo calling on Obert Gutu to step down from the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) rises, the backlash emanating from his speech lends weight to the truth that words, like eggs, must be handled with precaution.
His portrayal of the Gukurahundi atrocities as a small fraction of the issues dealt with by the NPRC was a cold, bankrupt statement of contrition on the part of the perpetrators. He displayed a cruel indifference towards the victims, recalling the brutality they suffered.
What an inconsiderate sentence! It seems strange to me that Gutu, a true lawyer and an accomplished politician, could speak with reckless abandon. Given the raw nerves he has rubbed, the Peacebuilding Commission will never find peace unless he resigns.
Despite being a recent member of Zanu PF, the Spirit of Internal Destruction was nonetheless quick to possess him. Although the NPRC chairman disowned the statement and apologized, the first cut is inevitably the deepest; the damage was already considerable.
However, Gutu is not the only executive to have set ablaze a hell. A month before his statement, Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi had started. Its explosion following a High Court ruling the government lost has despised the court in more ways than one.
He blurted out: “I want to make it clear today that we do not accept the decision of the High Court. We have a serious situation of a judiciary that has been captured by foreign forces in this country. Hell has no fury that a Zanu PF cadre determined to ruin from within.
He then harangued a judge, accusing him of being anti-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Yet he provided no evidence. If the magnitude of contempt he showed and the accusations he spat out had been laid by a yoke like me, this might have been my last day to see the light of day.
Due to the prevalence of selective enforcement of justice, Zimbabwe is an apt Farm animal countries, where some animals are more equal than others. There is no discount for commoners as they are arrested even for violating COVID-19 regulations.
There is no price to correctly guess that every time Acting Political Commissioner Patrick Chinamasa dons the badges of Zanu PF, the seasoned lawyer in him disappears. It gives way to a torrent of overflows. His speeches wear out quickly because of insolence.
His recent statement in which he bragged about the camaraderie between Zanu PF and the military is detrimental to democracy and good governance.
Usually, the military, like all other state institutions, owes allegiance to the constitution and not to a political party.
His Excellency, unfortunately, you are not doing any better in the area of credibility. Often times, you lack consistency.
One example is your call for a memorial stone at the hanging tree in Bulawayo, where colonialists are said to have hanged some residents.
At first glance, the virtues you offered seemed meritorious. Yet beneath them was unbridled duplicity. If you were sincere about preserving history, ideally your starting point should have been on certain streets of Harare where the said Second Republic killed nationals.
If the three executives whose speeches I mentioned respected each other, they could have resigned in the immediacy of their insolent speeches. Their challenge pushes back investment prospects. Surprisingly, they were spared the inevitability of layoffs.
To be sure, Shava’s appointment was an all-encompassing moral deficiency. It was not tasty. This exacerbates the reputation problems facing the government.
Moreover, the speeches of the management, including you, confirm that Zany PF is ruinous.
His Excellency the President, I beg you to stem the tide, head on. In my opinion, there are formidable opponents of investment within your party leadership and government, not MDC leader Nelson Chamisa whom you condemn. Apparently, the lack of credibility warrants your remediation now.
- Cyprian Muketiwa Ndawana is a public speaking coach, motivational speaker and speechwriter. He writes in a personal capacity.
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