Will lawyers ever lead Zimbabwe to the promised land?


THE current fissures within Zimbabwe’s body politic have lent a bad name – not only to “dictators” of the liberation war also to politicians within the legal profession –  with many now doubting the lawyers’ capacity to lead Zimbabwe to both economic and political emancipation.

The vibrancy that used to characterise the MDC party since the days of Morgan Tsvangirai has now fizzled out, leaving what apparently looks like hollow or half-hearted efforts at resolving the Zimbabwe question.

A cursory look at what presently constitutes the top leadership of the two main MDC factions, could easily be confused for a pool of legal practitioners, with the who-is-who of the country’s legal fraternity constituting it.

Lovemore Madhuku, Welshman Ncube, Thabani Mpofu, Tendai Biti, Douglas Mwonzora, Nelson Chamisa and Job Sikhala would all make an excellent pick for competent defence attorneys.

But does that make them good politicians; ready to take over the affairs of Zimbabwe?

Madhuku, Thabani Ncube  and his namesake Welshman Ncube are all constitutional law experts.

But has book knowledge from such academic pursuits benefited them so that they are able to steer Zimbabwe out of its present political predicament?

On the other hand, an advocate is one whose job is to speak for someone’s case in a court of law; a counsel, so to speak.

Both Chamisa and Mwonzora carry the advocates’ label, and are therefore considered – by extension – as able to effectively speak on behalf of their constituencies – Zimbabwe, to be precise.

But is their conversation on the public platform convincing?

Do the two have the presidential material capable of giving right decisions for this country?

Or is it only rhetoric and pressing to the gallery that mistakes the two as leaders per excellence, selling the majority of Zimbabweans a dummy?

This argument does not represent an attack on the calibre of lawyers the country has in its body politic.

There is, however, a need to question the acumen of the type of lawyers who currently lead opposition political parties in the country, whether they are able to match the likes of the late Herbert Chitepo whose quest to liberate Zimbabwe was unquestionable.

Neither is there any justification to prop up Zanu PF politicians by default; these have proved to be perennial failures since Independence four decades ago.

Is Zimbabwe being taken for a ride, with many among the current crop of opposition politicians (many of who are incidentally lawyers) leveraging on the cyclic poverty being endured by ordinary citizens to advance their parochial agendas?

Where are we being led to as a people?

To all this bunch of lawyers, one thing seems clear: Zimbabwe is a case that must be argued in the courts to its bitter end, while the masses continue to suffer with donations from far America and Europe flow in.

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