With each passing day Zimbabwe draws closer to watershed 2018 elections. There
Have been several calls from all quarters that there is need for a third force to save
the nation from what seems like an inevitable catastrophe. The three main players in the race Zanu-PF, MDC-T and ZimPF are weary bulls who unfortunately have nothing new to offer to the electorate. All the three parties’ leaders have walked in the corridors of power before and did not do much to make
the lives of ordinary people better.
In fact the front runners, Robert Mugabe, Joice Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirayi were
top partners in a coalition Government that despite bringing economic hope failed to retain the same by making sound policies and reforms that could have nurtured sustainable growth.
The power struggles in these three parties are testimony of the leaders’ poor
leadership qualities.What Zimbabwe needs right now is a leader of repute, with principles who can turn lemons into lemonade.
A person of integrity, and unquestionable morality. That said, there is a general feeling,expressed through various platforms like the social media, that there is need to pump in new blood in the echelons of power outside the ruling and opposition parties.Mid-year renowned prophet Emmanuel
Makandiwa claimed the next president is staying out of Zimbabwe heightening speculation who could it could be.Names have been thrown around and businessman Strive Masiyiwa has featured prominently in the debates.
Masiyiwa left Zimbabwe in 2004, citing political persecution. He is not the only
one, many other business leaders pressed the emergency exit button with the same
claims. But it is Masiyiwa’s ability to keep his Econet business afloat and grow in his
absence that has made him a darling of many, who have in turn pinned their hopes
in his hands for rebuilding the country.Masiyiwa himself has shied away from
politics, choosing his words wisely to show discontent in the way government is
running the show.However, his interest in politics of the day
cannot be ruled out as he has played a pivotal role in keeping things well in
Only last week, business mogul with ties to top government officials, Phillip Chiyangwa made sensational claims that Masiyiwa was the government’s “lender of last resort”who has saved the government from being broke.This is a clear sign of patriotism on his part. Rescuing people who chased him away.Masiyiwa now needs to make the bold decision of not only saving his country but
also serve it. Of course one would argue that he has, in more ways than one, served his country, but it seems like there is so much more he can do if he was thrust in position of power.His leadership skills are critical for a strong foundation for a resurgent nation.Not only does Masiyiwa command support
from Zimbabweans but he also has the international appeal.He is affable.What he may not have is a political party, but with the people carrying him on their shoulders he would surely march into The Promised Land.
There is no prize for guessing that the road would not be easy considering the carnivore political players at the present moment.But the teary political situation in Zimbabwe cannot be ignored so can’t the fact that there is need for a leader that people can stand with. Zanu-PF is engulfed in succession fights with First Lady Grace Mugabe and her G40 team throwing spanners in Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascendency works.
MDC-T and ZimPF are also riding chaotic,rocky waters as supporters and senior members are shuttling between the two opposition parties.The situation does not promise light at the end of the tunnel and hence the calls for a third force.Masiyiwa could do well by biting the bullet and be the savior that the nation has been waiting for. If not, then he can at least use his influence and resources to encourage and mobilize people living in and outside Zimbabwe to register and vote, because voter apathy in 2018 is going to make the political situation worse.And it is not too late for Strive Masiyiwa
to save and serve his country.