The politics that Zimbabwe needs


acie lumumba

Former Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front activist William Mutumanje also known as Acie Lumumba is reportedly on the run after insulting President Robert Mugabe when he launched his party, Viva Zimbabwe, on Thursday.

Lumumba, who said he would not be contesting the elections because he felt there were much better people than him, had this to say about the politics he envisaged for Zimbabwe:

“IF I WAS A MUSICIAN I WOULD SING ABOUT IT all, IF I WAS painter, I would pencil a masterpiece, IF I WAS AN ACTIVIST I would get out on the street and petition, BUT IM NOT that, I am A POLITICIAN, a passion I have held since I was child.

“Politics to me, is the most important conversation our generation needs to take over, not the divisive politics we have become so used to, not the politics that destroys but the politics that’s builds, not the politics that focuses on people who have or want power, but the politics that focuses on what needs to get done with that power, not the politics that creates problems but the politics that solves them.

“I am passionate about politics that’s kind and not harsh, listens before it attacks, where ideas are exchanged no matter how different, a politics that understands while you may not always be right, you deserve to be listened to, that spends time focused on the future, not just what it looks like but what role we must play in it, THAT is politics this country needs, sadly that politics does not exist, that’s why so many young people struggle to fit in to the political space, because it does not speak to our generation.”



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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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