The secret to happiness and success in life is knowing who you are and why you are here. The key to peace is having a clear chain of command in your life. Humility comes in acknowledging that you have to take orders from someone for guidance in navigating this mystic jungle called life. Who is your Master? Who do you answer to? Whose orders do you follow? These are the questions, if answered truthfully, that will reveal who you really are and why you are here.
The rhetoric of the ruling elite and elitists in my country is narrowly focused on the attainment and wielding of power and nothing more. Even their propagandist music reeks of worship and pride in politicians who have been buoyed to their positions by invitation of the chief master who has placed himself as a god who is immortal and infallible. What eludes these idol worshippers (ZANU-PF) is the fact that they are the ones who have the power and not Mugabe and his cabal of corrupt and incompetent puppets. They need to look back at the history of their party and not of the nation if they are to understand themselves as a ruling institution.
The man they so adore and fear was actually appointed into his position by the founding members of the party who decided to recruit him for his oratory skills and nothing more. Have they not noticed that all the positions he has held in the party have more to do with preaching and crowd pulling rather substance and policy? If Mugabe had been given the treasury post of the party upon invitation, which I must say was fully feasible since he had degrees in that field, his competence would have been long revealed and he would never have risen to the zenith of power.
He was appointed by only a few of the founders of the party who then forced him upon the party members in Mozambique where he had been assisted to cross into by Chief Rekai Tangwena. This rhetoric of his that he was put in power by the people is now stale. He has been using the same tactic ever since he arrived in Mozambique and has consistently disposed of anyone who proved to a serious contender to the throne which he has gotten too comfortable in. I found it revealing that the President opened up to his SADC counterparts some two years back in South Africa, that every time he comes to the end of each term he starts to reflect back on what he had accomplished and always finds huge gaps and deficits which he pushes on to the next term. It shows that all he cares about is his legacy and not progress of the nation.
I am quite certain that the president is now, once again as is customary at the end of each term, asking himself the questions stated above. Who am I going to be remembered as? What was my mission? Why was I put here? I am also quite certain that the president is not satisfied with the answers to his questions. If he were to depart today he knows his legacy will be, “The man who destroyed a prosperous nation”. He should have listened when Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda cautioned him not to plunder the “jewel and breadbasket of Africa”. President Mugabe has failed. He has simply failed.