“If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;” advised the poet Rudyard Kipling.
In Vince Musewe we have an example of someone who has made his dream of a free, just and prosperous Zimbabwe, a utopia, his master. In his latest article, he has come up with “ten keys to prosperity which will allow us to transform Zimbabwe from a predatory exclusive state into a prosperous inclusive developmental state”. Not even one of those “keys” work!
What is worrying about Musewe is that he is brainwashing many of our people into believing his cloud-cuckoo-land is real. So instead of looking for the real solutions to the nation’s real problems people are wasting time resources chasing a mirage; that is what makes making dreams one’s master so dangerous!
Take Vince’s first key to prosperity: “Leadership renewal and accountability”. Zimbabwe has been stuck with this incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF regime and therefore leadership renewal and accountability are really important issues.
“We hold ourselves accountable to each other as citizens with a common purpose and the responsibility to create a better Zimbabwe,” advised our dreamer.
“We believe in principle centred leadership that is accountable and sensitive to the ever changing needs of society. We also believe in periodic leadership renewal to avoid the entrenchment of any individuals in leadership positions.
“We therefore require utmost integrity, honesty and delivery from our leaders both in the public and private sectors and all those who shape our society.”
We are stuck with Mugabe and Zanu PF dictatorship; they have absolute power and they believe in harassing the people, beat, rape, rigging the vote and even murdering the people to establish and retain a de facto one-party dictatorship. They have absolute power and they do not in accountability, periodic leadership renewal; this is the reality.
We can repeat “We hold ourselves accountable to each other blah, blaahh, blaaahhhh” over and over again like boy-scout repeating the scout’s honour; that is not going to change the reality on the ground and makes this so. We have an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant who has attached himself to State House like a binnacle to a rock; pretending we have a democrat will not remove the binnacle!
We have sunk this deep in the economic abyss; unemployment has soared to 90% plus, millions of our people are now living in abject poverty, etc.; because for the last 36 years we have buried our heads in the sand by denying that we have a serious problem of bad governance. When we have suffered enough from the worsening economic meltdown and the political chaos we will finally open our eyes and distinguish reality from the utopia dream; the situation is set to get even worse until we open our eyes. When we have finally learnt the real problems we will finally be ready to listen to real solutions!
We have an incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship; that is the real problem. And the solution is to dismantle the dictatorship by implementing a raft of democratic reforms agreed in the 2008 GPA. We have known this throughout the GNU years but have lacked the political will to have it done!
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”
Advised the poet, Kipling!
Zimbabwe is a great country; a Garden of Eden in terms of good weather and rich farm lands, rich in diamonds and other mineral wealth, etc. but cursed in having very poor human resources, especially the political leaders. We have more than our fair share of corrupt and incompetent politicians plus a whole coterie of totally useless daydreamers who have made their utopia dreams their lords and masters.
Mr Kipling, Zimbabwe is ours but irony of ironies; we are starving in the Garden of Eden!