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expertise pervades Zanu PF
March 08, 2012
investors argue empirically how integrity, relevance and competence
(must) improve as one stays longer in a job.
why airplane pilots evoke confidence by brandishing "thousands"
of flying hours.
in service for 30 years is more trusted than a rookie from medical
school. Long service and incompetence are mutually exclusive, yet
such common logic cannot be applied to the politics of the Zimbabwe
African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu PF).
I am turning
52 in September this year, a mere teenager in April 1980 when the
then 56-year-old former schoolteacher Robert Mugabe was declared
I am convinced
that since 1998, he and his trusted lieutenants have shown visible
signs of exponential degradation in proficiency, exacerbated by
delusional fear of loss of political power.
Take for instance
party stalwarts and "career ministers" Didymus Mutasa,
Nicholas Goche, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Herbert Murerwa, Olivia Muchena,
Ignatius Chombo, Stanislaus Mudenge, Patrick Chinamasa. Going about
their work with vain arrogance and dangerous precision, this compliant
cabal of autocrats has helped mutilate everything in its wake: the
economy, parastatals, commercial agriculture, education, health,
infrastructure and democracy.
Length of service
equals to competence - no! This applies not to Zanu PF - only mustering
self-centredness, crude sense of political perquisite and anointed
Cabinet at one time hosted more PhD holders than any other in Africa.
He himself, we are told, is a "hoarder" of several degrees,
having counted for zilch in light of abject poverty and political
despair afflicting progressive Zimbabweans.
To be fair to
Zanu PF, their so-called long service in Zimbabwe-s politics
has at least exposed us to the hazards of rogue expertise!
has far-reaching negative implications than modest admission of
failure. Consider "doctoral experts" Joseph Made, Chombo
and Tafataona Mahoso - the so-called gurus in agriculture, local
governance and media respectively.
"expertise" has presided over unmitigated destruction
of Zimbabwe-s strategic grain reserves, supervising the assault
on property rights that disenfranchised 5 000 Zimbabwean citizens.
downstream effects are deforestation, mass destitution, forced migration
and the wrath of the free world. The vampire mentality embedded
in the "indigenisation" policy, epitomised by Zanu PF-s
smash-and-grab ideology is used in international politics as a classical
example of bad governance.
and Eldred Masunungure, in their essay The Anatomy of Political
2000 and 2002, some 11 million hectares were confiscated from 4
000 white farmers and redistributed to an estimated 127 000 small-farm
families and 7 200 black commercial farmers." Most of that
arable land now lies derelict - hoarded by a grateful band of gluttonous
Dr Mahoso has
never owned a media house yet is portrayed as a moral guardian of
news and views, subjecting millions of Zimbabweans to toxic Adolf
Hitler-type State propaganda while thousands of journalists wallow
At a time when
most, if not all, of Africa is revelling in multiplicity, Mahoso
and company continue to subvert media freedom.
false ideology ventilated with chronic abuse of the Urban
Councils Act, himself inebriated with misguided self-confidence,
has been crudely exposed by his estranged spouse. He is not a qualified
municipal anti-corruption campaigner.
Let me conclude.
Bratton and Masunungure note dangerous expertise as an extension
of "predatory leadership" defined by Peter Lewis (1996)
as "a personalistic regime ruling through coercion and material
inducement . . . that tends to degrade the institutional foundations
of the State as well as the economy".
elections must rid our system of this 32-year-old Zanu PF governance
scourge. Only then can Zimbabwe regain pole position on the summit
of sophisticated, democratic nations.
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