Perils of career politics and OTT CEOs

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REVOLUTIONS, just as with any evolutionary process, happen silently. Analysing the boon and bane of any new political landscape and the transformation it ushers is fine art, or should I say finite. A new and effective system of checks and balances and politics of maturity and openness is an absolute necessity in any society. Any ruling party has to be constantly kept on its toes by a brand of inter-party and intra-party political maturity by learning to adapt to this uncomfortable but necessary level of scrutiny.
This ascendance towards a mature brand of politics is for those with the moral mettle and mental stamina to deal with the facts minus any associated emotions. Zimbabwe is on the verge of an extraordinary economic revival and those working tirelessly to smoothen the path towards this economic beginning must be lauded. President Mugabe has made it clear that corruption is detrimental to the country’s intended destination of economic prosperity and Professor Jonathan Moyo has been at the forefront in challenging the degeneracy and dishonesty that has pervaded many sectors crucial to the country’s economic recovery.
At the moment in Zimbabwe, the odds of being arrested for overt corruption or corrupt practices are evidently very low going by the outcomes from the ongoing sleaze and kick-back expose`. For a country destined for an inevitable economic upgrade the ghost of graft will only downgrade and confine the country to the hollow and shallow ends of the irrecoverable. The flouting of procedures with impunity, the clear disregard for the same laws that are meant to safeguard the country from such administrative malfunctions points to the existence of a cushioned and comfortable class of career politicians who don the uncharitable and law-resistant garb at the expense of an economically-abused populace. The obscene salaries paid to the parastatal bosses may have been immoral but not illegal and, as such, it is up to the individuals concerned to connect and consult with their own individual consciences for a corrective closure to the hype around the salaries scandals.
We have had the case of a high ranking chief executive on allegations of inflating prices of specific goods meant for a specific parastatal fabricating receipts for personal gratification and then clinging onto flimsy counter allegations to divert the nation’s attention away from his alleged illegal transgressions. Instead of a precise response to these serious allegations when called to account for alleged individual financial felonies, the best counter one can muster is an uncorrelated and off-topic outburst based on unrelated allegations of the sexual orientation of a high ranking senior official only confirms that the cushy culture of impunity reigns supreme in Zimbabwe.Advertisement

The fact that a senior government official can stutter for over an hour in a hapless attempt to articulate the futile legality of his perceived entitlements from a case of shady lobbying endeavours with one super-rich Billy is disappointing and the eerie silence from the upper echelons seems to point to unholy upward linkages of folly. Politics is not meant to be a profession but rather a public duty, the art of championing the aspirations of the expectant electorate who entrusted the politicians with their vote. The worry with condoning corruption and corrupt practices, whether deliberate or not, is that it erodes people’s trust in the entire political process. The lethargic response to all indications of corrupt practices or allegations of corruption has been far from inspiring and nowhere near indicative of that obligatory will to eliminate the immorality.
Zimbabwe has been cursed with opposition politics laden with binding imperfections. The nemesis of Zimbabwe politics is that dearth of a genuinely pertinent and potent counter to the ruling party. The opposition in any society must never sit idly and be content with the governing party to wantonly short-change the electorate. An effective and credible opposition will moderate and critically challenge government complacency and the resultant outcomes of these weaknesses. The opposition in Zimbabwe is in disarray, existing, but non-existent and bottom line wholly unconvincing.
The country is currently facing what seem like an insurmountable mountain. It is the individual inner dither which deliberately put spanners in the works, that doubt and dent on the self belief. It is that devious voice that repeatedly nags you to resign at the crux of the climax. Some have even resigned to the ‘if whites return to key management positions in failing parastatals all our economic woes will be resolved’ defeatist and submissive talk. The argument is that Africans respond positively and passively to white authority and some strongly believe that has historical roots. This is such a generalisation that black Africans are more likely to be productive with a white person at the helm of management, or is it? Some from this generation are too traumatised from the contemptible colonial crimes against the indigenous black Zimbabweans to embrace the new economic essence that has been presented to the country.
Zimbabwe has laid the foundations to a new social and economic reality of ownership never to be witnessed on the continent. These are noble policies centred on uplifting and upgrading the lives of the previously disadvantaged indigenous people of Zimbabwe. Post-colonial trauma had no evidence-based curative prescriptions until the Mugabe-inspired economic emancipation antidote. This is the only country on the continent that has totally broken through that brick barrier, a country that has breaking barriers as opposed to building them.
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