"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." Said Lord Acton, a historian and moralist back in 1887.
He was putting into words a pernicious human phenomenon as old as human civilization itself. Those nations and generations who have allowed individual to exercise power without restrains, soon learn they were as helpless as one riding a wild horse without restraining reins, have suffered greatly. Whilst those nation who have been fastidiously strict in making sure no one ever exercise power with restrain and no one ever gets unlimited power; have enjoyed peace, progress and prosperity.
We, in Zimbabwe, have yet to learn from Lord Acton’s axiom. Our leaders have very, very low moral threshold a whiff of power is enough to make them behave as if they alone have the direct line to God Almighty and so whatever they say and do cannot and must never ever by questioned by us, ordinary mortals.
Nelson Chamisa had his taste of political power during the GNU and you can see he, like his fellow MDC friends, were punch-drunk long before they took their oath of office. The MDC were in the GNU to implement the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship but Mugabe saw to it that they enjoyed the trappings of the gravy train lifestyle so much they forgot the reforms! In five years of the GNU, MDC failed to get even one reform implemented. Not even one!
When Morgan Tsvangirai died in February this year, Chamisa staged his own palace coup by assembling the party’s members to proclaim new President of the party, to the exclusion of the other party VPs who had as much right have their names in the hat even if they would have lost the vote. Ever since seizing power, Chamisa has been drink “red bull”, whiff of state presidential power, and nothing else, “it gave him wings!”
Chamisa launch his bid to be elected president in this year’s elections on the promise of bringing bullet trains. He has since become a run-away bullet train himself because there is no stopping his imagination once it is fired up.
“MDC Alliance leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa said he will make sure Zimbabwe will host the Olympic Games and the World Cup finals if he is elected into office this year,” said ZBC report.
In a country with unemployment sitting at a nauseating 90% and ¾ of the population are living on US$1.00 or less a day the nearest they would ever come to participating in those prestigious events is selling vuvuzela and other trickles outside the venues. His listeners must have been both disappointed and bemused by all this stupid talk!
Robert Mugabe hosted the All Africa Games a few years ago, building an Olympic size swimming pool in Chitungwiza low density suburb. The pool was never used after the games; the impoverish local council was failing to keep its clinic and school going, paying the high maintenance bill of a swimming pool was a luxury they could ill afford.
Mugabe has never said anything about building his $4 billion Blue Roof mansion, he just went ahead and built it. All the other politicians followed his example and built their own mansions or demanded government build one for them. Morgan Tsvangirai, Chamisa’s late boss, demanded and was given the $4 million Highland mansion, all paid for, directly or indirectly with looted wealth, by the nation. No doubt Chamisa will building a mansion of his own!
It was the wasting of state resources of all these prestigious projects as Africa Games, Blue Roof mansion, etc., which the nation did not need but was forced to undertake to message the leaders’ bloated egos, which have contributed to Zimbabwe’s spectacular economic decline. In 1980 Zimbabwe was in the top five richest nations in Africa, today we are the poorest nation.
Chamisa and his bullet trains and, no doubt, bigger mansions for the ruling elite is not going to take us out of the economic hell-hole Zanu PF has landed us but will drag us even deeper into the hole. Elect Chamisa president and he will become a runaway bullet train, the longer it is allowed to run the faster it will go and the greater the impact when all that kinetic energy is dissipated in the sudden stop!
At the very least, Chamisa is guilt of cherry picking. He has chosen to concentrate of the prestigious project bullet train; as for hosting Olympic Games he is getting way ahead of himself; and neglecting the less glamorous tasks like rebuilding the nation’s all but collapse economy, health and education services, etc.
History, with the benefit of hindsight, will judge Chamisa and his MDC friends more harshly; they are corrupt and sell-out. MDC leaders’ love of power made them forget they were in the GNU to implement the democratic reforms to end Zanu PF’s vote rigging. Chamisa has been whizzing around in his imaginary bullet train he has refused to listen to all advice not to take part in these elections without first implementing the reforms.
MDC supporters have no clue what democratic changes are required and hence the reason they have remained faithful to the party’s leaders regardless their repeated failure to get even one reform implemented in their 20 years in politics and multiple wasted golden opportunities to do so. MDC supporters have followed the party leaders as blindly as sheep to the slaughter! With no party member to hold them to account MDC leaders have enjoyed absolute power and it is little wonder they are thoroughly corrupt!
Bullet train Chamisa should have never dragged the nation into these elections without first implementing the reforms. Zanu PF is rigging these elections and, if the international community allow the junta to get away, we face the nightmare of another five more years of this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. All because bullet-train Nelson Chamisa dragged the nation into these flawed elections and would not listen to advice, even from SADC leaders, not to!
If there is justice this side of the grave then Chamisa and his MDC friends must account for their treasonous betrayal by failing to implement the reforms during the GNU and wasting the nation time, treasure and opportunities wittering about bullet trains, Olympic Games, etc.!