22 September 2014
   
New Zimbabwe Header
Mugabe off to New York for UN assembly
Gono livid about $1.3b RBZ debt kerfuffle
White ex-farmers grab diamonds cash
Tsvangirai to lead anti-Mugabe demos
Economist and ex-RBZ adviser Bloch dies
Chief’s sons jailed 9 years for assault
Policeman steals fellow cop’s bicycle
Medicines control lab gets WHO nod
MORE NEWS
FlyAfrica cuts Hre-Joburg fares 80pc
RioZim seeks funds to revive closed mine
MORE BUSINESS
New Generations in December, SABC
Beyonce and Jay Z reaffirm marriage
MORE SHOWBIZ
Caps held to home draw by How Mine
Highlanders suffer Harare setback
MORE SPORTS
Dulini: Principled and dependable to the end
Stealing farms will not empower society
MORE OPINION
 
Gutu: Put Zimbabwe first
Social responsibility vs economic efficiency
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Tsvangirai says leadership not about degrees, but influence
14/12/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Talking leadership ... Morgan Tsvangirai
 
RELATED STORIES
Mudede: 300, 000 voters dead since 2008
Zanu PF: Constitution stalled over 30 issues
We'll crush poll thugs: Sekeramayi
Zim reform efforts in jeopardy
Poll budget trimmed, boundaries remain
Kasukuwere's white servants wish
123 cops nabbed in anti-graft blitz
Coltart: Zim top brass fear ICC arrests
Zanu PF slammed for foreign radio threats
US to accept credible Mugabe poll win
Charumbira: 'Zanu PF, chiefs inseparable'

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has issued a veiled rebuke of critics who question his lack of solid academic credentials saying leadership is “not about degrees” but rather, “influence.”

While he did not make an explicit personal allusion, Tsvangirai appeared to talk not only in general but individual terms when he addressed a party provincial meeting in Mutare on Friday.

“Leadership is about influence, it’s not about how many degrees you have,” Tsvangirai told his supporters.

“It’s good to be educated, but be educated with a purpose... Once you elect a leadership, you should have confidence in them. We waste our efforts looking for the negatives.”

Equipped only with a moderate education, Tsvangirai has found himself being subjected to derision by some of his political opponents especially in Zanu PF who brand him a “tea boy” lacking basic schooling to lead the country.

Some senior officials in his own party have expressed similar sentiments, albeit in hushed tones.

MDC leader Welshman Ncube, a professor, has also made Tsvangirai’s educational achievement an issue on the campaign trail, telling supporters that the former trade unionist - now Prime Minister - lacks the wisdom to rescue the country from its enduring economic troubles.

Ncube was quoted as telling a rally in Redcliff last year: “Business has collapsed, factories ruined and schools have all but collapsed, and these require a leadership with vision and capacity, which only this party has, not a tea boy.

“Tsvangirai cannot perform miracles and solve problems of our nation. That era ended with Jesus who performed them a long time ago.”

The MDC-T leader has however, faced down his critics arguing that education alone is not enough for effective leadership. President Robert Mugabe, he argues, has several educational degrees but all he has achieved is to destroy Zimbabwe’s economy.

Tsvangirai urged delegates at the Mutare meeting to shun party divisions and unite as the country heads towards the next general election.

He urged his party councillors to shun corruption, telling them to change the “narrative of political governance set by Zanu PF.”

Tsvangirai vowed a rigorous vetting process for council candidates.

“Some of the councillors have damaged the image of this party, and this time we want to set qualifications for councilors who we will give performance benchmarks,” he said. We have zero-tolerance to corruption. No, No, No, No to corruption.”



Advertisement

Some MDC-T-controlled urban councils have been accused of corrupt tendencies, and the party has responded by firing a number of councillors.

“Our differences [with Zanu PF] must be like sunrise and sunset. As MDC, we want to create a modern, democratic and developmental state. Our governance should give hope to the people,” Tsvangirai added.


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker