Former Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Obert Gutu who is also the Vice President of the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe has said that Zimbabwe needs strong institutions and opposed to strong personalities.
Advocate Gutu said that institutions are long-lasting whilst personalities are for a very short period of time. He tweeted:
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Strong personalities come & go. Strong personalities are ephemeral.
Strong institutions last forever.
Strong institutions are eternal.
What Zimbabwe needs right now & needs it very, very badly, are strong institutions, not strong personalities
Gutu’s remarks come when Zimbabweans have a culture of hero-worshipping which creates cults around political leaders whom they want to be portrayed as invincible.
The political culture started during the days of the late former leaders of ZANU PF and MDC, in that order, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai and is being promoted through President Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa.
ZANU PF and MDC were now synonymous with Mugabe and Tsvangirai, respectively and any other person who would like to challenge them would be considered an enemy.
The culture created a huge problem for both parties and the nation at large as the great leaders failed to come up with succession plans and the parties were left weaker than they were before.
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