- "These geriatrics in Zimbabwean politics would move from one constituent to another in both urban and rural areas in search of power until they are MPs. Once they get it they refuse to live. These people have destroyed Zimbabwe. Chase them away these crooks..."
By Nompumelelo Sibanda
MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has been urged to kick out mostly the founding members of the MDC once led by Morgan Tsvangirai, the majority of whom have been legislators since the 2000 election.
Human rights activist Pedzisayi Ruhanya in a post on Twitter labelled the founding opposition veterans as mostly crooked, corrupt and entitled politicians who he blamed for state of the once vibrant opposition movement.
“These geriatrics in Zimbabwean politics would move from one constituent to another in both urban and rural areas in search of power until they are MPs. Once they get it they refuse to live. These people have destroyed Zimbabwe. Chase them away these crooks,” Ruhanya said.
He added: “Young people in both Zanu PF and MDC must defy these geriatrics who have been in power as MPs since 1980 and 2000 respectively who think they are entitled but produce no good results for the country. Don’t respect them, topple them, they are selfish and corrupt wannabes.
“Politicians must never be permanent in Zimbabwe. Change them regularly. They are the source of the rot, the corruption and decomposition of the political in Zimbabwe aided by apathetic and risk averse citizens who behave as subjects in their country!
“Topple all the garbage in MDC and Zanu PF you useless young people. Stand up and regenerate Zimbabwe. Don’t be used to support and aid gerontocracy!
“When politics become the source of livelihood for some people both in Zanu PF and the opposition democracy is compromised,” Ruhanya said.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said he holds the same sentiment, adding that Chamisa must surround himself with competent officials and not just loyal praise-worshippers if he ever hopes to lead Zimbabwe.
“This is so true in both parties! The chinhu chedu (Shona lingo for “our thing”) culture has not only damaged ZANUPF, but also the MDC.
“MDC has a lot of useless people in leadership positions by virtue of being close to the leaders or time spend in the party!
“If Nelson Chamisa wants to be President, he needs to look for capable and qualified leaders on the basis of competence and not just loyalty!” Chin’ono said.
The advice for Chamisa comes as MDC Alliance deputy treasurer general Lillian Timveos was last week paraded by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House after she defected to the ruling Zanu-PF.
Timveos said it had dawned on her that opposition politics had nothing to offer in Zimbabwe and praised Zanu PF’s “progressive policies”.
She was joined at State House by former MDC-T secretary for local government Blessing Chebundo, who also joined Zanu PF.
Apart from Chamisa himself, other “old dogs” who have held one post or another in the opposition movement since its formation in 1999 include chairperson Tabitha Khumalo, her deputy Job Sikhala, Chamisa’s deputies Tendai Biti, Lynette Karenyi-Kore and Welshman Ncube, among others. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺