‘Mnangagwa has a mindset problem’ – Chamisa on response to power crisis
Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa has blasted President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration for prioritising more than 100 government officials with installation of solar panels at their homes at the taxpayers’ expense.
Zimbabwe is experiencing severe power shortages characterised by long electricity load-shedding schedules of at least 12 hours a day.
Against this background, the media last week exposed that at least 100 top government officials, including service chiefs, are having solar panels installed at their homes at the taxpayers’ expense to cushion them.
It was further revealed that 5 kilovolt solar systems with a market price of US$5 000 are being supplied to the government at a whooping US$14 000 per set amid suspicions of corruption.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com on Sunday, Chamisa accused Mnangagwa’s leadership of having misplaced priorities. He added that it was not necessary to continue to pamper top government officials when the general populace is struggling.
“The current leadership has a mind-set problem. It is self-centred and very primitive. Such priorities are similar to those of a goat which simply chooses to eat where it is tethered,” the main opposition leader said.
“The current leadership has a mind-set problem. It is self-centred and very primitive. Such priorities are similar to those of a goat which simply chooses to eat where it is tethered.
“Leaders must avail public goods and services for the people. Once you start arranging privileges for yourself .You will not see the problems around. The reality is that our country is in deep problems economically, politically and socially,” he said.
Chamisa likened the situation in Zimbabwe to an animal farm where “some animals have become more equal than others.”
“The country needs a radical transformation, a reformation of manners and a value reset upon a moral revolution. Leadership is about ethics, public service, integrity, accountability and responsibility. Wrong leadership always has wrong priorities. You cannot expect good priorities from bad leaders.
“Leadership is about values. It is a matrix of ethics, integrity and morals. I don’t blame the tail or the senior civil servants .The head leads. The tone is set at the top. We can’t blame the tail for a dysfunctional head. Leaders must be accountable,” added Chamisa.