Stop This Ageism Jibe
27 September 2021

Those talking about ageism and maturity in politics must revisit an interview where the late President Robert  Mugabe who was only 31 years old in 1961 where he was talking about inequality and education. He was already in leadership.

By Leonard Koni – Maturity in politics is not about age but speaking out on bad governance , corruption and bleeding the country’s resources. This ageism jibe must be thrown away and substitute it with inclusiveness and skills regardless of one’s orientation or age.

A President does not need to understand the intricacies of the economy that is why he is empowered to assign relevant ministers to different portfolios according to their academic qualifications and skills.

Zanu PF was walloped by MDC several times. Just like how Nelson Chamisa floored Emmerson Mnangagwa with a proverbial sucker punch in 2018 election.

Politics is not about  how many years one has been into the game. It is about how  one articulates their vision and ideas towards driving the people’s aspirations with a sound political team not chosen on nepotism but meritocracy.

I was surprised to hear Geoffrey Nyarota a former Daily News editor undermining Nelson Chamisa what was voted by around two million people that he is not mature in politics and yet Mugabe was just 31 and occupying a very important position.

Zimbabwe is so tiring. All the 70s men and women with their grey hair and maturity on their side have failed to take Zimbabwe out of its economic, political quagmire.

They have failed to answer questions on why the country is still reeling under untold suffering and poverty.

Its unfortunate that those mature in politics are the ones who bombed Nyarota’s Daily News and arrested  him more than five times and at one time had his newspaper closed.

Therefore Zimbabwe needs a brand new crop of leaders young leaders because these mature politicians have dismally failed the nation.

All this talk about dialogue with Mwonzora is a sign of fear of impending elections. Interestingly mature people who always steal and rob elections are afraid of those who are not mature. They go around bullying hunting and haunting Nelson Chamisa.

Zanu PF government is spending it’s money on destroying  Nelson Chamisa instead of channeling  their effort on developing the nation. Since Mnangagwa took over we have been bombarded with incessant propaganda that the country is taking good steps towards economic growth.

Right now many countries have held elections despite the pandemic, including Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, and the United States but those who think they are mature in politics are avoiding by elections citing upsurge of Covid19 cases.

Political leaders who are mature in politics do not have time to fight the opposition  through the state sponsored media.

Nearly about 70% of the population is living below the poverty datum line under these so called mature politicians.