There are many things I don’t like doing but which I do because they are good for me. Running up this hill is one of them.
The leadership culture we must build in Zimbabwe is one of doing things not because they are easy or we like doing them, but because they are right.
We must have difficult conversation with our relatives in the security services about doing the right thing, including disobeying illegal, immoral and unconstitutional
Part of the leadership code the ruling party adopted in 1984 says:
“In the case where a leader believes that an instruction from a Zanu official seriously violates Zanu’s constitution or policies, he may decline to carry out the instruction and promptly notify the immediate authority above him of his reason for his refusal.”
In other words, even the ruling party recognizes that it is legal to disobey an illegal order. It may not be easy to do so, but it is the right thing to do.
Choosing a competent leader who is not from your tribe over a corrupt relative and tribesman may not be an easy thing to do, but it is right.
For some war veterans and relatives of those who have been in power since 1980, voting for a different generation of leaders who are equipped to bring our country into the 21st Century even though they don’t have liberation war credentials may be difficult, but it is the right thing to do.
Recently Minister Patrick Chinamasa agreed with our position that Zimbabwe cannot afford a legislature the size of ours. It will not be easy for MPs to vote to eliminate their own constituencies, but under a BZA government they will do so for the good of the nation.
Because of our commitment to reduce the size of the cabinet to 15, senior members of our party will have to accept that not everyone is going to become a cabinet minister. They will do so not because it’s easy, but because it’s right.
During the election next year, standing in line for the whole day to vote will not be easy. Great nations are however not built on easy choices. We must register to vote right now and on Election Day turn out in unprecedented numbers not because it is easy, but because it is right.
Zimbabwe. Our nation. Our heritage.
Zimbabwe! Ilizwe lethu! Ilifa lethu.
Zimbabwe! Nyika yedu! Mhaka yedu!