By Christopher Makaza
The run-up to this year’s elections has witnessed the rise of a plethora of new political parties while some funny and comical leaders seem unable to address the nation’s challenges as witnessed by their manifestos and wayward promises which are being published in the local media.
Unlike Zanu-PF which has realistic and achievable promises, most of these new and seasoned opposition elements are promising heaven on earth.
The case in point is Nelson Chamisa who has promised spaghetti roads and airports at every village and household.
Last week, MDC Alliance’s Tendai Biti, who seems to be drinking from the same cup of madness like his leader Chamisa, said whites will come with lorries and buses full of money to Zimbabwe if the-barely-holding Alliance wins this July’s harmonised election.
Addressing party supporters in Shamva last weekend, Biti said Zimbabweans would have to open new US dollar bank accounts on August 1 after the opposition gets into power.
The question becomes, “What’s bad about thatched houses?” Some thatched houses are even more beautiful and expensive than tiled ones. However, this is not a debate we ought to be having.
It is too limited, albeit showing how trifle and frivolous the opposition has been this season.
The opposition MDC Alliance also seems to have a low opinion of Zimbabweans hence their cynical and patronising promises.
The opposition electoral field is largely unimpressive.
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) president Professor Lovemore Madhuku revealed that he is not expecting to win in this July’s presidential elections, but will use the opportunity as a stepping stone for eventual victory in 2023.
Is Madhuku therefore serious or he is just contesting for the sake of it? Unfortunately, these opposition elements who lack seriousness are the very ones who cry foul when serious and determined candidates like President Mnangagwa win the election.
National Patriotic Front (NPF) leader Engineer Peter Munyanduri, who is also one of the 23 candidates contesting for the country’s presidency in the upcoming polls, promised that once elected into power, he will create a Ministry of Entertainment in the Office of the President to promote a happy society.
He added that his administration would establish a parastatal called the Fruit Authority of Zimbabwe charged with maintaining a fruit forest fashioned along the lines of the Garden of Eden to provide people with fruits. Is this the kind of leader Zimbabweans need?
People are looking for leaders who address bread and butter issues, who create jobs like what President Mnangagwa is doing, not creating entertainment ministries like what Munyanduri is promising.
Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP) presidential candidate Dr Blessing Kasiyamhuru highlighted that theirs was a generational mandate with vision 2040 when they want the generation of that time to enjoy the fruits of the seed they are sowing on July 30 without outlining what exactly they want to do to improve the economy and reach that envisioned paradise.
The 61-year-old aspiring presidential candidate, who is also a human rights activist and author, implored the electorate to vote for her so as to get a motherly response to their challenges.
Zanu-PF candidate President Mnangagwa has proven to be a mature leader who believes in uplifting the youths as the future of Zimbabwe with clear policies on youth empowerment, education and skills development.
He is determined to bring sustainable development to Zimbabwe and promote inclusive development centred on highly productive agricultural, mining and manufacturing sectors.
He also seeks to promote an efficient and stable financial system, a robust physical infrastructure, innovation, an empowered Zimbabwean people and mutually beneficial international relationships that protect the interests of Zimbabweans and its future generations.