Why Chamisa will win 2018 elections

BILL Taylor, in his article Do you pass the leadership test, alludes to the fact that the true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign, which even the rest of the world would wonder why you are not marching in step with the status quo.

By Edwin Ndlovu

Taylor further states that leaders instil in their people a hope for success and self belief.

Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.

As the election season nears, electioneering has started, political parties and their alliances and coalitions have upped their game and it is a fact to say the real contest is between Zanu PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa.

The elections are dubbed the clash of the old and new order.

While Mnangagwa promises some change as well, it is debatable whether a Zanu PF government, which he has been part of since 1980, can bring any positive change to the country after it had been in power for a solid 38 years.

It is easier for a man to be impregnated by a woman than for Mnangagwa and Zanu PF to bring change the people of Zimbabwe desire.

A free, fair and credible election can never produce a Zanu PF victory.

Chamisa stands alone as the only presidential candidate capable of winning the election.

He has what it takes to become the first democratically elected leader of the country, who is acceptable across the wide section of our society.


In Ndebele we say “inkunzi ikhethwa ematholeni”, which literally means a leader is identified or chosen in early stages of life.

Chamisa fits in very well in that Ndebele proverb.

Chamisa announced his entry into politics during his college days when he was appointed Harare Polytechnic’s Student’s Representative Council (SRC) president in his first year in 1998.

The college’s authorities took notice of his presence and suspended him for allegedly inciting violence.

He was readmitted after a High Court ruling.

He was not dissuaded by the suspension but hardened and was later on elected Zimbabwe National Students’ Union secretary general the following year.

He was to become the MDC youth president and Kuwadzana MP at 25.

His bravery and outspokenness won the hearts of the MDC family leading to his appointment as the party’s spokesperson where he rose through the ranks to become its leader today.

There has been debate about the seniority of the party leadership in some quarters, but those who know the genesis of the movement would agree with me that of the eight management committee members of the party in 2000, he together with Welshman Ncube and Gift Chimanikire are the only survivors after the deaths of our dear leaders, Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Isaac Matongo and Fletcher Dulini Ncube.

The other survivor is Lucia Matibenga, who is now a member of a coalition led by former Vice-President, Joice Mujuru.

Since being ushered in as the country’s leader, Mnangagwa has said one positive truth, just one, that the voice of the people is the voice of God.

When MDC-T structures, the national council and national executive, were debating and voting for a new party leader, I went around listening to the voice of people.

I attended Tsvangirai’s burial and thousands of mourners sang a song that literally said as much as they were now orphans, Chamisa was there to look after them.

I attended rallies in Masvingo, Kwekwe, Gweru, Plumtree and Bulawayo, where the crowds sang the same song, the people had chosen their leader.

When one thought Chamisa had been endorsed by party structures and general members only, leaders of political parties in the alliance also added their voices, saying Chamisa was the only foot forward.

Who then would go against the voice of the people, which is the voice of God?

In terms of appreciating issues, Chamisa is miles ahead of other presidential hopefuls.

He understands the legal terrain, is spiritually connected as a pastor and has several qualifications in marketing, political science, international relations and diplomacy and governance and development studies.

Chamisa’s campaign message is pregnant with hope for transformation.

So far he has addressed issues directly affecting the people, like eradicating corruption, an improved transport network, hence, the call for bullet trains and spaghetti roads, which is confusing the junta, hence, Steve Jobs argued that innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

While Chamisa agrees that the land redistribution is irreversible, he argues that his administration would in an honest and transparent manner do a land audit and also allocate title to the land.

The message resonates well with the general populace.

It is also pleasing to note that he fully understands the plight of our traditional leaders and former freedom fighters and promises to address their plight in the shortest possible time.

What makes Chamisa’s promises acceptable is that he and his team were tried and tested during the government of national unity of 2009 to 2013.

Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, David Coltart are still in the team.

Their transformation agenda is on course.

Our economy improved and liquidity challenges disappeared during Biti’s reign as Finance minister.

Teachers went back to the classrooms during Coltart’s reign as Education minister and Ncube rehabilitated some industries that were operating below 10% to move to about 60% operational and he shall be remembered forever for getting Ziscosteel an investor, but Zanu PF functionaries, who are still in power today, torpedoed the deal for selfish reasons.

When Chamisa speaks of a transformation agenda, he really means it. He has the zeal, the will and the right tools to use.

It is very displeasing to note that those who have been dining with Mugabe since 1980 still want to push the blame to the old man alone and present themselves as angels to the people of Zimbabwe, we have seen the signal on how to deal with them.

The nation is optimistic that change is nigh and Chamisa is the man.

Their transformation agenda is on course.

Our economy improved and liquidity challenges disappeared during Biti’s reign as Finance minister.

Teachers went back to the classrooms during Coltart’s reign as Education minister and Ncube rehabilitated some industries that were operating below 10% to move to about 60% operational and he shall be remembered forever for getting Ziscosteel an investor, but Zanu PF functionaries, who are still in power today, torpedoed the deal for selfish reasons.

When Chamisa speaks of a transformation agenda, he really means it.

He has the zeal, the will and the right tools to use.

It is very displeasing to note that those who have been dining with Mugabe since 1980 still want to push the blame to the old man alone and present themselves as angels to the people of Zimbabwe, we have seen the signal on how to deal with them.

The nation is optimistic that change is nigh and Chamisa is the man.

Warren G Bennis sums it all when he says leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality, which Chamisa can with God willing.

strong> Edwin Ndlovu is the People’s Democratic Party deputy spokesperson, he writes in his personal capacity

38 Comments

  1. True. you are spot on

  2. Why aren’t you writting on the 100 million loan from the UK gvt?

    1. Perhaps because he is writing about which leader has captured the imagination of the general Zimbabwean populace (and why), not necessarily that of Whitehall or lending institutions from that country. Hameno.

    2. chamisa win

  3. @Trust usafarire chikwereti so mwana wamai vangu. We need real change, we need to become a productive nation kwete kuita marombe anorarama nezvikwereti.

    1. chami win

  4. Its in the Business Section under the heading CZI applauds British Bailout. Granted it sounds reactionary to publish the sentiments of the CZI and not announce the news as it broke. Its typical of Zim journalism to choose eye caching headlines that sell and in some cases peddle propaganda for this or that party.
    Having said that we live in very strange and interesting times where one can simply write just about anything factual or otherwise and tread insults ………just to be heard.

  5. Ok, i see, thanks for the enlightenment

    1. You are welcome Trust.Have to say it is a very good piece of good news for the country if it is put to good use by which I mean job creation for our people.

  6. kkkkk zviroto ngazviperere kuhope. Chamisa has already accepted defeat and is busy negotiating with the govt on which position can he be accommodated after the elections. he is busy with the rallies to have better bargaining power. MDC now in chaos on candidates selection everchanging goal posts, clashing with MDC Alliance partners on parliamentary allocation etc

    1. “MDC now in chaos on candidates selection ever changing goal posts, ” For a while there, my mind kept replacing MDC with ZANU PF…. silly me.

      1. U definitely need help. Its beyond stupidity to even think of voting or supporting Zanu PF especially in 2018.

  7. Let us whip the writer soberly as this is just an opinion based on no statistics or data and he is entitled to it. In the same breath however, we must recall that nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. After all, the country is greater than either of the two top contenders and will be there long after they are gone.

    1. You do make more sense than MANY who have graced these pages for dozens of weeks…You sir, make me truly believe that the Kenyans are miles ahead of Zimbabweans when it comes to voting for ISSUES and they need all the accolades they can carry up the mountain….Incidentally they have the luxury of being the owner of Africa’s second highest mountain…

  8. true ,hapana chichatadzisa Nelson chamisa kupinda panyanga.the voice of the ppl is the voice of God AND WE ARE THE PEOPLE

  9. This is wishful thinking because with the blundering Chamisa is daily engaged in, he will not win the election. Period.

    1. munangagwa iharahwa inonetsa

  10. The British understand this country better than its owners. At independence they did not like Robert Mugabe and the owners of Zimbabwe said we want him. The next thing was even frogs suffered under Mugabe. They supported Morgan bz he was the best foot to mitigate Mugabe disaster but Zimbabweans again torpedoed the move. This time they are saying Mnangagwa is better way forward than Chamisa. I dont know what Zimbabweans again will say now. I hope we are a better clever now.

  11. Comment…makombe ndiwe uri ku period/kumwedzi, shut the fuck up

  12. Chamisa is a communist,

    1. chamisa won ele

  13. Chamisa counted his eggs before they were hit by a big storm . Now if crowds were our measuring stick where does it leave Chamisa and his alliance goons. Pride comes before a big fall.

    1. @ Anonymous; Get a name and some brain. The problem with u is u use you back side to think; thats why u still think zanu pf is the way to go.

  14. Dear Zimbabwe

    Ini ndinofara Ngwena ichitendera mapolitical parties achicampainer zvaanoda aiwa iitirwe zvakanaka neMhuri. NdoZimbabwe rataida rorunyararo.

  15. Ndotenda Mwari kuti politics dzekurevera Vanhu nhema hadzichipo mumapolitical parties ose MuZimbabwe. Ndirikufara ndirikuona maari there is much economic hope and recovery for our country.

  16. I FIND IT BAFFLING THAT CHAMISA PROMISES TO BRING BACK JOBS BUT HE IS THE ONE THAT REPRESENTED ZUVA IN COURT WHICH RESULTED IN A DOMINO EFFECT WITH COMPANIES DISMISSING EMPLOYEES ON THAT PRECEDENCE. POLITICIANS ARE IN THIS TO FATTEN THEIR POCKETS.

  17. Comment… I am not quite impressed by the superficial presumptions that the majority of the electorate that matter is super analytical or following all analytical political inputs on this fora. I think whats crucial is presidential candidate’s access to the majority and choice of own more influential political agenda, be it less intelligent agenda.

  18. Comment… I am not quite impressed by the superficial presumptions that the majority of the electorate that matter is super analytical or following all analytical political inputs on this fora. I think whats crucial is presidential candidate’s access to the majority and choice of own more influential political agenda, be it less intelligent agenda.

    1. @One-one; so what are u saying. U just rumbling like ED. U not making sense like your Zanu PF comrades. Put yo thought in your mother language and u will probably be heard.

  19. Hokoyo, it is either that you do not understand that companies cannot carry staff they di not need or that you are a freeloader.
    Go and make your own money. Parasites have now respect

  20. Comment…We are glad to hear that the British government has given a loan to Zimbabwe. We are equally happy to note that they also trust Ngwena just as we do. As Zimbabwe, we have to count on the British way of doing things and that way we will be rewarded for choosing Mnangagwa to office. Remember the saying that says ” ane mari ndiye mukuru”. And for Britain to behave the way it is doing might be an indication of something that we are all not aware of. To argue against this arrangement is as good as accepting darkness instead of taking the light that has come on the way. Zimbabwe has to wake up and trust the views of the former colonial master for no one country was led to the grave through taking the advice of a country called Great Britain. History should allow us to find a good direction that we have to take for the benefit of ourselves. For tendai biti, its a shame to hear them criticizing foreign cash injections into Zimbabwe. we always knew that the opposition survives on the problems that we have. We are also aware of the fact that they wouldn’t acknowledge the goodies that we find for the dispensation. They say we only have to get funds after an election. What type of reasoning is that?. To wish we must have no economic activity until the election day, is this sanity? My advice to my fellow Zimbabweans is that the elections are just around the corner, we are given a chance to the grave or to life. If the British has shown interests in President Mnangagwa, that means we all have to put faith in them. we have seen Chamisa being quizzed on the hard talk, where he was asked to explain whether or not he met president trump over $10 billion. we all saw him declining to the question pointing to say it was said by other people despite of the evidence in the video where he was telling the people of Zimbabwe that he met Donald trump. In three decades, Britain had not been working with Zimbabwe, we are all given another opportunity for us to get back in to the commonwealth organization. The British are sending a clear message to us all that we have to make our choice around ED. This will certainly lead to a good working Zimbabwe, with industries opened, absorb the unemployed and l predict that Zimbabwe will be Europe in Africa.

  21. @ itai mbudzi.That is your opinon to think that we as zimbabweans we have to survive by handouts of our past colonial masters like Britain.zimbabweans need to look for good friends .friends who give you advice on how not to beg but to be self sufficient .where do you think we will reach if we will survive by loans which need to be paid , yet our ministers have land ,some farms among them others have more than one which is unutilised ,mines which lie domand,private schools mushrooming in every corner of every sreet either in town or location.CHAMISA IS BETTER TO HAVE HIM AS A NEW PRESIDENT WHETHER HIS PROMISES ARE TO BE FULFILLED OR NOT .HIS LIES SOUNDS PROMISSING ,THAN LIES WE HAVE HAD SINCE WE WERE NOT YET BORN.

  22. To the writer i wish to remind you that the people will only speak through the ballot in July/August.People have not yet spoken but are yet to speak.

  23. @Chamboko I believe you have made the most useful contribution, Zimbabweans should just stop fighting and respect each other’s choices and let us vote in peace. At the end of the day we need to be united to solve our problems and prosper. #letthepeoplespeak

    1. REGAI ZVIKURIRANE TOZOONA PAKUKOHWA

  24. Comment…ZANU PF will never ever bring a change to Zimbabwe even if they are given 99999999 billion dollars by the British. They have brought nothing but a total economic failure to the country since 1980. Could there be any overcoming reason to vote for ED and ZANU PF in 2018? All youths who gat their senses well says NO!

  25. ZANU yakaora

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