Lessons from the behaviour of MDC’s Chamisa

Having been closely following the goings on, in MDC T, lately, I hold free counselling to one of the leadership aspirants, Nelson Chamisa. This, by no means, should be interpreted as taking sides. But facilitating processes to enable the divinely anointed one to take over, without unnecessary confusion.

The developments in MDC T political party, after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, are captivating. It is a mystery, how that political party ended up with three vice presidents, in the first place. All this, emerging after Tsvangirai had been diagnosed with cancer that led to his demise? Obviously, all the three vice presidents can easily be understood—when setting their hopes on being recognized as next president.

Apparently, it cannot be an easy task for an outsider, like me, to provide excellent counsel, on the goings on in that party. But what I am very clear of, is that, through God’s doings, another of the three aspirants, is poised to assume MDC T leadership. Whatever happened—leading to this confusion—may have been by God’s providence and not necessarily through anyone’s making. I write with Nelson Chamisa in mind, considering his age and potential.

Obviously, accusations and counter accusations are bound to happen, where there is poor communication. Instead of manufacturing accusations against Khuphe, Mudzuri and Tsvangirai’s relatives, why can’t orderly processes be followed?


I know how exciting it can be, when people cheer you up, on a cause that you seem very certain of championing?  But, may I request that you first remove excitement of elevation to presidency, for the time being?

Read stories of Absalom and Adonijah (2 Samuel 14 & 1 Kings 1:5-27), respectively. If the Lord has anointed you as next MDC T leader, where is your problem, my brother? This is the time to stop relying on press opinions, except listening to that small voice of reason.

You definitely need to profusely apologise to Tsvangirai’s relatives, Khuphe, Mudzuri and others. And reverse all your stupid decisions, lately adopted—though, possibly, authentic—based on your close friend Tamborinyoka’s renditions. Let common sense and reason reign.

Allow Khuphe or Mudzuri to lead processes towards free and fair elections, for the next MDC president. If democratic processes prefer another person, why should that bother you? This is the time to apply some brakes, a little bit.

If you tell people that Tsvangirai was your mentor—you obviously cannot then apply Mugabe’s political chicaneries, for ascendance to power? Tsvangirai may have preferred you to be the next leader. But take that off your mind, for the time being and allow democratic processes to be effective. Bear in mind that it is humility that pays, in the long run, not vanity.

There is vigour in youth, but there can also be stupidity in youth.  That is, when looking at follies, projected—like in the story of Solomon’s heir apparent, Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:10-16). You become a great leader only by turning enemies into becoming your friends. Remember, this idea of creating political enemies, is a leadership culture that makes ZANU PF to be ZANU PF and not necessarily MDC T.

Khuphe is obviously spot-on, when counselling you in that there was no prudence in focussing on your elevation to leadership, at time of bereavement. Instead of first focusing on burial processes of your revered leader. You may view what is projected here, as unsolicited—but worth considering—if your prospect in political relevance can be guaranteed.

Take this datum as truism: No-one can stop you, if God intends to elevate you as the next president of the great party, MDC T. Just be cool and learn from great leaders like Mandela and others. You may probably have the potential to also become a great leader, but do not spoil it unnecessarily.

What awaits the Zimbabwean people, cannot be prescribed by ZANU PF or anyone, for that matter. There is God up in Heaven, in charge of what is in store for the people of this country. What is necessary is to keep good hopes in perspective and remain loyal to the one who is in charge of everything. Rather than taking matters into your own hands.

ZANU PF may, actually, spring some surprise and come back into power, but only for a short period. There is no need to degenerate into violent behaviour, due to impatience. The misrule of the lawless ones will soon come to an end, for a new dispensation to take over, in Zimbabwe. All is well. Just be cool and commit yourself to following constitutional procedures.

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