'Live as brothers or perish together as fools'

'Live as brothers or perish together as fools'
Published: 24 September 2018 (83 Views)
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision a few years ago officially declared immaturity an ailment.

According to WHO, immaturity has symptoms akin to other impulse control disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder and disruptive impulse-control disorder. Many people exhibit symptoms of this ailment. Zimbabweans are generally becoming sick of politicians who command their followers to defend heckling, dishonourable, childish behaviour in the legislature.

There is no need for politicians to take pride in behaving childishly as they are not only disrespecting the voters that employed them, but the signals they are sending to their families and close associates are unfortunate.

They say charity begins at home, and should not end there. The walk-out by opposition lawmakers is nothing but a reflection of what could be a major deficient of basic home schooling as there are traits of immaturity in such an act, itself a disease. The MDC-Alliance, then, failed miserably by nominating Mr Nelson Chamisa as that alienated just enough voters to lose.

Mr Chamisa's fragile discourse and unbroken flip-flopping did not breathe a lot of confidence in voters hence people did not recognise him with his message. They now turn the bayonet of their electoral loss against the people they claim want to lead. Protest politics in Zimbabwe are becoming a frail and sick phenomenon which opposition leaders think they are perfecting yet they are pushing themselves to the brink of turmoil and conscience baselessness.

In opposition ranks, whatever binding decision or indecision they agree has always been done with a childish protocol. They think in circular fashion, instead of a linear fashion that has headway. In their view, walking out of the August House when President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened the First Session of the Ninth Parliament and also making his State of the Nation Address, was the right thing.

Their claim is "we do not recognise" President Mnangagwa. The syndrome of political deniability remains a shock reality to the opposition six weeks after President Mnangagwa's victory. In certain cultures age is not determined by biological, physical years alone but also by emotional maturity and behaviour. What the few parliamentarians did should not be ego-massaged as "acting out" but it is a contagious disease of immaturity. Politics aside. To imagine President Mnangagwa say he will only work to serve the people whose vote ushered him to the presidency is as hard to conceive as it is to propose marriage to a shadow.

It is time that the populace warn the politicians that continuing to feel that they are entitled to behave badly and show open contempt for their role as public servants, they deserve not the respect of their employers.

In the absence of the opposition parliamentarians, business continued with President Mnangagwa laying out the legislative agenda. President Mnangagwa reiterated that addressing the economy to improve livelihoods of the people should be done with fierce urgency. While the opposition lawmakers continue to believe their lies that President Mnangagwa has no support of the people and the international community, it has been otherwise.

A few hours after the walk-out, Britain's Ambassador Catriona Laing announced that her government would support Zimbabwe to get on to an interim International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff programme to help the country quickly clear its foreign arrears. Debt-clearance is also a plan in President Mnangagwa's Vision 2030 in which Zimbabwe will be a middle-income economy.

Now that the MDC lawmakers refuse to be a part of that vision, Britain has felt the sincere commitment of the country's need to re-engage the international community because Zimbabwe cannot do it while alienated. Martin Luther King Jr once cautioned: "We must live together as brothers or perish as fools." King Jr. made the remark seeing the totality of humanity. While it was spoken specifically about the racial divide then present in the United States of America, it applies to everyone.

The challenge for all of us in our relationships and interaction with others is to be able to live and accept differences in opinion and way of life with understanding and respect.

There is no need for pursuing personal agendas and have less concern with serving the interests of every Zimbabwean It is important for politicians to be careful and mindful of human prejudices and pre-judgments of others. Both Zanu-PF and opposition parliamentarians are reminded to go beyond their emotions and see unity and grace in the midst of negativity and pessimism. It is time to push together before circumstances pull us together, hence, we should live as brothers or perish together as fools!

- chronicle

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Motlanthe Commission recommends compensation

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 95 Views

Mthwakazi 'King' turns to TB Joshua

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 90 Views

WATCH: War vets call Matemadanda a bogus taxi driver

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 108 Views

Zimbabwe colonial farmers to sue Jacob Zuma

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 133 Views

WATCH: Mnangagwa releases 1 August killings report

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 142 Views

Police arrest teachers again

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 147 Views

Zimra moves to decongest borders

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 119 Views

Motlanthe commision nails soldiers; police

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 109 Views

Man claims maintenance from ex-wife

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 103 Views

Uniforms demo moved to January 4

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 94 Views

Nurses recruitment scam exposed

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 106 Views

Runyoka victim appeals to his 'locker'

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 112 Views

Japajapa set free

by newzimbabwe | 18 December 2018 | 100 Views

1 August killings report to be released today

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 99 Views

1 Auguist killings report to be released today

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 106 Views

DStv opens up channels for the festive season

by Channel24 | 18 December 2018 | 157 Views

Jose Mourinho cried

by AFP | 18 December 2018 | 160 Views

2018: A year of progress!

by Knowledge Moyo | 18 December 2018 | 100 Views

Teachers' Union to #Shutdown Mthuli Ncube office

by ARTUZ | 18 December 2018 | 121 Views

Judicial independence non-negotiable

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 106 Views

Cassava debuts on ZSE

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 118 Views

Supa Mandiwanzira trial postponed again

by Staff reporter | 18 December 2018 | 110 Views

Mnangagwa to reshuffle cabinet

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 160 Views

'New dispensation': Cosmetic democracy

by AT Kadada | 18 December 2018 | 126 Views

Zimpapers editorial change scam exposed

by Collen Ncube | 18 December 2018 | 152 Views

Tips_for designing customised jerseys

by Staff Reporter | 18 December 2018 | 93 Views

Manchester United fires Jose Mourinho

by BBC | 18 December 2018 | 112 Views

Mutsvangwa pushes for Transitional Authority?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 166 Views

WATCH: Greyhound takes 40 hours from SA to Zim

by Collen Ncube | 18 December 2018 | 160 Views

Chamisa ally gets top Herald post

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 December 2018 | 151 Views

Fortune Charumbira in delirium about Gukurahundi

by Mkhululi Zulu | 18 December 2018 | 139 Views