Letters: No need to change winning team

Letters to the editor

WHILE I have no problem with anyone challenging Nelson Chamisa for the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) presidency at an elective congress, I for one, am disappointed at the timing and the motive behind the call for the indaba.

Based on how Chamisa faired in the July 2018 elections, garnering over 2,6 million votes in a short period of time after the death of MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, I think it is in the best interest of the struggle for everyone to rally behind the young and charismatic CCC leader in the 2023 elections.

An elective congress was the best platform for the party officials to close ranks and give leaders a new mandate, but there is a danger of outsiders infiltrating the party.

While Chamisa’s commitment to the struggle is not questionable, it is the timing and motive for the congress that raises eyebrows.

Whether Chamisa missed the MDC Alliance 2018 target of 4,5 million votes or not is neither here nor there.

Zimbabweans have shown their undying support for Chamisa, so what needs to be done is to strengthen the team as the freedom train is gathering speed.

I believe Thokozani Khupe is and will remain a valuable asset in Zimbabwe’s democratisation process, but contesting for the presidency is tantamount to muddying the waters.

Since Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube — some of the biggest and brainy politicians in Zimbabwe — are solidly behind Chamisa, we would expect everyone to rally behind the 2,6 million man in the quest to take Zimbabwe to the promised land.

It is now about Chamisa being the best foot forward.

There is no need to change a winning team unless someone is playing into the Zanu PF machinations.Chief Chiduku

Zesa poor at selling electricity tokens

ZESA Holdings should actually be in control of its prepaid electricity payment system by making it stay more online than offline.

After vising all their agents in my neighbourhood and finding all Zesa platforms down, I had to take the long walk to its Harare branch in Wynne Street to find they have swipe machines from one bank only, which do not accept cards from other banks.

From one teller to the other, they tell you: “Go to the  one at the end, who has a (bank name withheld) machine”, only to get the unbelieveable claim that the only other swipe machine is not working and neither is their mobile money prepayment platform working properly.

Surely as the sole power supplier in the country, Zesa should have swipe machines from all banks, just like what the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority does.

This idea of holding consumers to ransom is archaic.

Zesa’s business is to sell as much electricity as it can without affecting people’s other economic activities by spending time in queues at the power utility’s revenue halls.Disgusted

ED using Mugabe’s template

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa wants to fit in the late Robert Mugabe’s shoes, but the shoes are proving too big for him.

One would think that after serving as Mugabe’s confidante for more than 50 years, he had learnt one or two leadership nuggets from the late veteran nationalist. Leadership is an inborn trait and cannot be imparted to someone just because one is very close to the bearer.

Mnangagwa is trying hard to copy Mugabe,  but the centre is not holding. The shoes are too big for him to fill.

One wonders when he is going to be his own man.

No one knows his ideology. At some point, he wants to appear a socialist, but his neoliberal tendencies are selling him out.

Most of his statements are directly copied from Mugabe’s old speeches, especially when it comes to addressing national issues.

Mugabe used to threaten non-governmental organisations, accusing them of pushing the regime change agenda.

Today, we see Mnangagwa using the same antics.

Mugabe would dismiss opposition parties as stooges and regime change agents and we are hearing the same song today .

During Mugabe’s era, abductions, human rights violations and killing of opposition and human rights activists were a common phenomena and this has been the case with the so-called new dispensation.

The same tactics are also being employed by Mnangagwa’s new dispensation where seven people were killed by the army on August 1, 2018.

Whenever the government fails to arrest the economic woes and the sky-rocketing prices of basic commodities, the government blames economic saboteurs. Mnangagwa keeps on running away from his own shadow.Leonard Koni