Lately President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF have desperately been pushing to capture the youth vote for the 2023 elections, and last week the Zanu PF Women’s League in Bulawayo has roped in songbird Sandra Ndebele, a popular musician, as the city’s representative for young women in economic empowerment.
Below is what Independent legislator for Norton Temba Mliswa said
Another dry, cut and paste job as @ZANUPF_Official has appointed Sandra Ndebele as their Bulawayo representative for Young Women in Economic Development.
However, the abiding idea behind the move makes the whole thing pitiful. It’s a clear scramble for popularity& youth support,
The move exhibits a low regard for the Zimbabwean electorate’s mentality. People can now see beyond these platitudinous actions which seek to harness and transfer popularity from a different sphere into the party’s community of politics.
Beyond the few who are swayed by such dramas, people simply need answers to challenges in their lives. I was in Zambia two weeks before elections& the atmosphere on the ground was strange. They were very few posters of the then opposition @UPNDYouthLeague
Used to the dramatic scenes of politics elsewhere I was surprised.
However, the people told me that we know what we want, posters don’t make much of a difference. The truth of their point was exhibited through the results later.
They had noted the rampant Chinese invasion, skewed partnerships which spiked their national debt, the poor economy& resolved to speak through the ballot.
Drama wasn’t necessary& isn’t necessary here too. Roping-in popular individuals& borrowing their popularity can’t work.
Government simply needs to bring change, deal with corruption& satisfy the needs of the people. There is no need for political acrobatic stunts to confuse people into voting them back. Politics is straight-forward.
Deliver and you win. Any stunts beyond that are a reflection of failure.