Chamisa dares Zimbabweans to dream again

Last December, a friend tweeted that he thought then MDC-T deputy president, Nelson Chamisa was the most overrated politician and my response was that I was tempted to agree with him.

By NQABA MATSHAZI

My gripe with Chamisa then was that he and his party seemed to be in a rush to endorse the military intervention that led to the ouster of Robert Mugabe as the President.
I felt and I still feel the opposition were very excitable and missed a golden opportunity to squeeze out some reforms from Zanu PF before beginning the process to impeach Mugabe.

That the motion was moved by James Maridadi, an MDC-T legislator was even more tragic, as they should have demanded such things as electoral reforms and the repeal of draconian laws as a precondition to them agreeing to be part of the impeachment motion.

Chamisa then went on radio and seemed at pains to explain the military’s move and failed to condemn their actions.

I felt that the opposition had let go of the most perfect opportunity to grab Zanu PF by the cojones and demand real reform, as one of the issues that they had always spoken out about was security sector reform and were against the involvement of the securocrats in civilian politics.

So, I responded to my friend that I was tempted to agree with him that Chamisa was overrated, because of my belief that they lacked a strategy in the way they dealt with Zanu PF and seemed to be reactive rather than setting an agenda.

Hours after my tweet, Chamisa called me and we had a lengthy conversation about my opinion about his actions.

His gambit was: “My brother, what wrong have I done to you? If you think I have done wrong or I am lost, you should engage me.”

Without having to, he explained his actions, told me his vision, some of it made sense, some of it was cloaked in legalese and some of it I did not agree with outright, but we had a very frank discussion.

I liked his honesty and his willingness to engage, although I felt the opposition had dug itself a very big hole and would suffer in elections due later this year.

In spite of my reservations and fears, I have watched Chamisa’s stock soar in recent months, with the elections expected to be quite interesting and not as obvious as some had thought they would be.

Before and in the aftermath of Mugabe’s ouster, the consensus was that Zanu PF was cat-walking to an easy victory.

The opposition was divided, they did not have one voice and the prospects of a coalition were dimming with each single day.

After President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over, there again was unanimity that the electorate would elect him because they were grateful for his role in the removal of Mugabe.

Mnangagwa had the momentum and had everything going for him until the death of MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, which led to Chamisa’s fortuitous ascendancy.

Chamisa has dared opposition supporters to dream once again and thousands of them are flocking to his rallies, something that was not thinkable three months ago.

The apathy that greeted opposition politics has all but vanished, as suddenly there is the real prospect of a battle in the next elections. The rise of Chamisa has
renewed, reinvigorated and regenerated MDC-T and once again there is a whiff of change in the air.

To buttress my point; the opposition is more divided now than it was three months ago, the prospects of a broad-based alliance are still as dim as they were a few moons ago, but that indifference that was there is all but vanishing. Critics will point to Chamisa’s tendency of over-promising at rallies, where he tells his supporters that were he to be elected, his government will build “spaghetti roads” and airports in places like Murewa.

This may sound too far-fetched – and it is – but the criticism has been over the top and lacked nuance, as critics fail to take into consideration his message and the audience.
In rural areas, Chamisa is addressing people that have seen their livelihoods waste away, who had lost confidence and are desperate for any message of hope.

These are people, who over the years, have only received mundane electoral messages; that the government would build bridges and roads, but now they are being given a different message of something they can aspire to.

As Miss Kache posted on Twitter: “One of Mugabeism’s biggest tragedies is the fact that we stopped dreaming and believing that we are able to do more for our country!

“A high speed train that actually exists in other African countries is considered far-fetched.”

Zimbabweans have been sold short by their politicians for years and have had to defer most of their dreams, and now there is someone who is daring them to dream again and think of beyond their present circumstances.

Beyond the over-promising, I listened to an interview Chamisa did with fellow journalist, Zenzele Ndebele and I was impressed with his clarity and understand why he is the flavour of the month.

This is not to say he is without fault and many criticise the way he came into power, questioning the way he conducted himself.

Some accuse him of lacking maturity and being too young.

But whatever the case, Zimbabwe’s political landscape is stronger with Chamisa and this strengthens democracy, where one party is not permitted to be too strong and is checked by other parties.

Chamisa has lightened up the political scene and has given the once apathetic a reason to believe that his party cannot only salvage something from the polls, but win it outright.

38 Comments

  1. Comment…gd comments but me I don’t trust carrier politicians eg’ Mugabe chamisa ed bcz they achieve everything thru politics.they can’t survive outside politics.we need ppl like strive masiyiwa who succeeded without tax money .at the moment let give chamisa benefits of doubt to eliminate zanu in future we need ppl with money acquired outside bootlicking and gvt tenders bcz these ppl are lazy and parasites like false profets makandiwa magaya and many self proclaimed bishops and apostles

    1. Businessmen have never been known to be great politicians…they are good business wise but politics takes a bit more than that for you to excel in it

  2. Thank you for this article. And so we should DREAM!

  3. Chamisa our leader

    We are dreaming with him , no dreams no hope and no internal excitement

    1. Well said.

  4. May the Good Lord help us

  5. Comment…fulfil our hopes Chamisa you ar a heroe

  6. It was an epic battle. One that gripped the nation holding it spell-bound day and night. He looked the dictator right in the eye from across the table dating him to blink. The wife screamed and screeched. Still he wrestled the beast. The nation gasped with shock and disbelief. The dream seemingly dashed. I will be back in two weeks. Come back he did! Resurrecting a dream.

    1. Hello Mr Nyanduri…like yo piece.

    2. Why do you respect a coup leader who is equally a beast himself.

  7. WELL SAID

  8. Cant be expressed better, Thumbs up

  9. Only those who dream always achieve their goals in Chamisa now we all have hopes again this article is spot on pana Chamisa ipapo pfeeeeeeee

  10. His promises may sound too good to be true but look, we had aerodromes on farms across Zimbabwe, Tomatoes can be processed at source thus adding value and creating employment at local level, aiding development, cutting transport costs for the farmers. High speed trains are found all over the world and indeed here in Africa as well, nothing new there, nothing out of this world. We should dream to achieve the same. He is resonating with the populace because his message just makes sense, our own YES WE CAN moment. If he achieves half of his promises we would be in a much much better place as a nation. At this point and on that score #NChasmyvote

  11. Chamisa must be supported comrades nd friends althought im nt voting him bcoz of confidential reasons.this is a golden opportunity to end zanu.chisa nelson chisa

  12. Thank you N. Matshazi for this invigorating message. Indeed people of this country can dream again of a bright future cutesy of Chamisa’s effort.

  13. People will be disappointed by Nelson Chamisa – very immature. He gives precedence to what he calls the welfare of so-called war veterans over ordinary folks’ welfare yet e was 2 years young in 1980. Without a shadow of doubt life for blacks was far much better before 1979 than after the moron Mugabe came into power in 1980. Nelson does not know that he was far too young and is nit qualified to talk about “war veterans”.
    Nelson has come up with outlandish promises like “Bullet trains” when the existing railway line is derelict. He should be talking of “reviving” the dilapidated infrastructure first before talking of bullet trains. What Africa needs right now is rich white immigration to revive the economy – that is how Ian Smith did it when Nelson was a toddler.
    Nobody can disagree with me because I am old enough and streetwise I know what works and what doesn’t.

    1. and that is the very reason we do not need the old generation. who cares if he was a toddler we care about the future, the hope, the big dreams are now willing to have. We have our own countrymen achieving amazing feats outside Zim becoz we have killed their dreams they go to accomplish them somewhere else and we wanna claim them when they are mentioned but they shouldn’t even be there to begin with. They should be allowed to dream and pursue those dreams in their country, whether it’s having world class hospitals with renowned surgeons, or making Harare a tech hub. The point is we cannot limit ourselves to thinking like 1980 people in a world constantly changing everyday.

    2. @Musona you are just as antiquated as the Mugabe that you despise and by your own admission you are “old enough” and “streetwise” two worthless virtues that have cost us dearly in the last 20 years. Chamisa didnt have to be there before he was born, put on your grey hairs or simply shutup, its not a requirement for succession to have been there when war vets fought. If the war was fought with bullets why cant we have bullet trains too. You are obviously short changed on your pension by the present system, would it then be good for the young Chamisa to address the matter in the event that he wins merely because he was not there when you got employed? Move on oldie.

      1. @stokono – ignorant cretin.

    3. sorry dont vote for Chamisa but the whole world and zimbabwe we say Chamisa woyeeeeeeeee pfeeeeee pa state house. istate house ngekachamisa this year ufuna ungafuni tshisa mpama tshisa,,,

  14. We are taught to set our dreams very high, in the event you fall – you will always land in the mid highs. Anyone with an aversion to dreams / is a personification of mediocrity. Dreamin’ with NC and #MDCAlliance

    1. Jay, how different is this from ZimAsset?

  15. Chamisa ngenkani ongafuniyo kayekele ukuvota thina khonapho khonapho ku Chamisa X

  16. Again I dont quite agree with Chamisa myself in that he is in a too fast forward a mood when he really only need be in a careful/ realistic mood. He knows no political horrors yet but from me let him realize that dreams are different from nightmares its only that they use the same mode of communication, sleep. ED appears to me as a man with a broad picture of realizable dreams and altogether appeals to me as a better candidate for the presidency. You have up until the elections to convince me yet. For instance how are you going to apportion authority among the lot of your discordant partners in the event that you win? Tear each other to pieces and recall Khupe to stand by you? Well.

  17. #Nelson4President
    Well written Mr Matshazi
    Zimbabweans we deserve better, 38yearS is a long time.
    We want a bullet train from BYO-HRE and possibly HRE-BYO-JHB(RSA)
    And Mr Chamisa please investigate the US$15billion whereabouts and please arrest and put them on trial Live on ZBC we want to see them answer all those questions let them explain what they have been doing for the past 38years we want answers too.

    #Nelson4President
    #MDCALLIANCE4GOVERMENT

  18. Like your swallow minded old man we the majority move with the young firebrand leader with clear vision for this nation like what they have done in France liberia and Austria . Chamisa chete chete chete haakunamumwe akaita saye , bwaaaaaaa

  19. Ummm just can’t wait for the elections,just want to drop my “X”. Can’t wait!!!

  20. Kkkk Musona should just shut up and go vote the party that is making him and his extended family suffer. What kind of a person who doesnt like change..A change for bettter. Makaita seiko vanhu vane shavi renhamo.. Remember you only livr once on this planet earth my dear Musona.

    1. Its election time and now the fat is in the fire. Let me sit back and enjoy the show. It may be for the last time. Dream on guys you might just wake up driving on ‘spaghetti roads’ and airports at your houses.

    2. @clever – not so clever. You cannot brainwash me. Nelson is immature. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  21. The younger generation has a great deal of drive, innovation and of course dreams. All this is essential for the progress of society so much so we are excited to have the likes of Fadzayi Mahere and others running for public office; these young brains with their zeal is absolutely critical.

    One drawback with most of the young is the inability to think ‘full-circle’; this has led to mistakes and disappointed endeavors, which of course serve as rich experience in life’s walk. This drawback exposes the youth in their inability to match dreams and reality. The dreams/proposals of bullet trains and airports in certain places needs to be assessed not primarily on possibility basis (because it’s certainly possible) but more so on a needs basis. Can an airport be built in Murewa? of course it can, is it really necessary? probably not. The economic and social dynamics may not permit such massive infrastructure works to implemented soon for practical reasons.

    Chamisa and friends would do well to balance the dare to dream ideals and the realities on the ground, especially to the electorate. yes, let’s dream as much as we can and should and yet keep it real at the same time. Balance is key

    ED & NC or any other lawyer (Obama included) of sorts won’t have my vote! They’re brilliant at skirting about real issues and marvelously eloquent and/or charismatic, which things haven’t brought as much good to any society under their reign. Scientists (as in real science not some philosophical mysticisms like the Jonathan Moyos) are way better!!

    PS: Please update your pic Mr Matshazi. I recall you had a piece on old pics being used for Morgan and Robert. hehehe. Otherwise an interesting read as usual

  22. Its election time and now the fat is in the fire. Let me sit back and enjoy the show.It might be for the last time. Dream on guys chances are you will wake up driving on’spaghetti roads’ and landing your planes and helicopters on airports at your houses if you catch my drift.

  23. wanyangira yaona

    They are armatures, chamisa is munhu anopenga, wakapa benzi pito , inoridzwa, pesepese, igozara marutse kusvikira yafa, kkkkk come elections end of story, start saying, ma elections aitwa rigged. Same old story, following the foot 👣 steps of his brother-in-law The late Tsvangirai

  24. I thought Welshman Ncube was also principled but with the rise of Chamisa and the support of the coup I was proven wrong. First MDC was not supposed to support the coup they should have used that opportunity and that would have put the final nail in the coffin of ZANU pf. Had the MDC mobilised their own people to march mainly for their demands , Chiwengwa and Mnangagwa could have failed in their coup. Then after Mugabe could have fired and arrested the most dangerous people in Zim politics. Mugabe was not the problem and I think he was so easy to remove without these charlatans who think they are really custodians of Zimbabwe. The bad news is the very same guys who made Mugabe to look that strong are now holding power themselves.
    Chamisa is not an intelligent person listen to his speach. His popularity and rise was only propped up by his tribal belonging not that he is better than Khuphe. MDC is also a tribalistic part and who ever Ndebele person is made a Vice president he/she
    will not be the president. Shona people know that its easier for a Camel to enter in the eye of a needle than for a shona person to vote for a Ndebele president. Even Gwekwerere have higher chances of becoming the President of Zimbabwe than any Ndebele person.

    1. @Man… thanks a million. This is the kind of rationality lacking in Zimbabwean people. No wonder why they say a people get a leader they deserve. Mugabe was himself wisely preparing to step down but not before he had cleared the palace of the power hungry hardliner charatans. Unfortunately common sense is a commodity or natural resource very rare or terribly in short supply in present day Zimbabwe. And Zimbabweans are creating another dictator in the form of Chamisa at speed faster than that of light.

  25. The problem with Zimbabwe is that the so-called “educated” and “enlightened” are unfortunately so short sighted and excitable to say the least. One minute we are up against militarisation of our civil institutions, the next minute we are supporting a coup,… one minute we are against violation of constitutions of our political institutions claiming to be smart democrats, the next minute we are supporting blatant political party presidential power grab(dzinove mviro mviro dzehudictator)…one minute we are viciously up against a very realistic home grown local resources based value addition and beneficiation 2.2million jobs ZimAsset dream, yet the next minute we are so excited by the bullet train and spaghetti road network schoolboy fantasy based on prospects of a 15bn dollar aid package. How can an aspiring leader make budgetary plans or draw up an economic blueprint based of financial resources he hopes will come from foreign well wishers? Mutungamiri anoita plan yenyika netarisiro yezvikwereti? It’s no different from a man who marries a beautiful wife banking on hopes to have other men fend for his family. Mr Matshazi, the rest of the world pities us for our mob psychology behaviour is no different from that of toutes at kpmbi ranks where any idea shouted the loudest and horsiest is the one to follow. We are not only 2 decades backward in terms of physical infrastructure but 100 years in terms of rationality such that even if US$100bn was to drop out of the skies like mana today we will still be far worse off than tiny invisible-on-the-map desert country of Israel or island city state of Singapore

  26. I pray first for sanity in the nation.we have watched a coup in an undemocratic party and one in a quasi Democratic Party.chamisa is becoming obsolete this year.with confidence he is burying Mdu next to Richard the brave and clueless.mdc people used to apathy haven’t registered to vote but they want change.its hopeless followers are trapped in the nostalgia of a gnu.mnangagwa has delivered us to whites.he is playing to those who have money to influence votes.the anti corruption court is no small feat.it is Britain and Americas animal farm project.the chamisas are not connected to understand that masses are sold to the highest bidder.mnangagwa is going to win the election by a 23vantage …..so guys rather vote for candidates from your own constituencies people you know

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