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Mawere Business Class: 'You need 90pct guts and 10pct capital'

Posted on August 25th 2015

WHAT is a businessman? What does it take to succeed in business? What is the role of political actors in business success? What is the purpose of business? How is wealth acquired and sustained?

The above are questions that often visit the minds of ordinary persons. The art of business tends to be personalised often in negative terms. On 18 July 2015, I was in the company of students at Orange Primary School celebrating the birthday of the late former President Mandela's birthday

The idea of doing 67 minutes of service in honour of the late President Mandela came from Mr Lucas Mukoto and his partner, Ntabiseng, when they visited my office looking for a representative of the National Association of Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) who used to be a tenant at the building. They were responding to a promise made by a representative of NAFCOC that loans could be made available. 


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – “Mr. President, I presume?”

Posted on July 30th 2013

The countdown has ended for the hour has arrived for the 6.4 million registered voters to give their verdict as to who the next President of the Republic of Zimbabwe will be.

It will take up to 5 days for the people of Zimbabwe and, indeed, the world to know the identity of the person.

The four Presidential candidates include President Mugabe, the incumbent who, at 89 years old, has given the other three candidates a run for their money.

Ordinarily, such an experienced politician and state actor would have run on his record but the last 33 years have convinced him that the people of Zimbabwe are so hungry for history lessons and finger pointing tactics that it is hardly necessary for one to stick to what matters to an uncertain future if he were reelected.

Indeed, there are more than 3.2 million reasons why change is necessary in Zimbabwe.

What, therefore, is required today is that 3.2 million voters must indicate their preference for change by voting for one of the four candidates.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – “Mr. President, I presume?”

Posted on July 30th 2013

Independence promised an inclusive economy.

ven President Mugabe would agree that the gap between the few rich and the poor in contemporary Zimbabwe provides a better measure of how far the country is towards the destination that independence promised.

Some believe that a good job, a decent living, affordable education and health, security in old age, can and should be the business of government.

Indeed, the last 33 years of post-colonial rule has produced experiences of what can and should work to provide the basic economic rights of stability and fairness that the colonial model was never meant to provide.

The economy remains fragile and what is required to lift it cannot be tired and tried arguments about how best the government can rob the strongest players in the economy in order to distribute to the most vulnerable members of the society.


Zimbabwe@33 – Peace, Prosperity & Economic Empowerment – Mugabeism versus the people’s future

Posted on July 30th 2013

At independence in 1980, President Mugabe's worldview was full of optimism and hope of a brighter, inclusive, prosperous, just and cohesive Zimbabwe.

Over the last 33 years, instead of listening to the whispers of tomorrow, he has retreated to the pre-independence ideas, utterances, rhetoric, actions and behavior of a kindergarten revolutionary who has refused to grow up to appreciate that the ghosts of the colonial era will only be eradicated by addressing the present day challenges.

History, however, will be generous enough to secure a place for President Mugabe and his ideas that have been termed Mugabeism to reflect his pan-African economic redemptive ideology opposed to all forms of imperialism, neo-colonialism and neo-liberal economic thinking and dedicated to a state-driven radical redistributive project premised on addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Taking Back the Economy – Battle between the light and the darkness

Posted on July 29th 2013

Under President Mugabe's watch, Bulawayo and many other cities have lost manufacturing jobs yet it is significant that on Saturday, 27 July he said that Bulawayo would rise again to reclaim its place as the industrial hub of the country.

Addressing a star rally of a crowd estimated by the Sunday Mail to be more than 40,000 people, he promised that the government would immediately end the city's water challenges after winning the elections this week.

He observed as if he has been living in darkness that the water woes, which are known to all who care about the future of the city, that this was an urgent matter, that needed to be addressed as it was getting out of hand.

No rational person would campaign on the slogan "taking back the economy" when regard is had to the fact that the manufacturing sector has paid the ultimate price during the last 33 years and, therefore, it would be ridiculous to take back shares in dead companies without changing the conditions and ideas that killed the affected companies.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Taking Back the Economy – Minerals

Posted on July 25th 2013

Who owns the minerals of Zimbabwe?  Are minerals capable of being owned?  What is the relationship between the state and minerals?

The concept of "mineral" includes any substance, whether in solid, liquid or gaseous form, occurring naturally in or on the earth, in or under water or in tailings and have been formed by or subjected to a geological process, excluding water, but including sand, stone, rock, gravel and clay, as well as soil, other than topsoil.

Once minerals are extracted from the land, they become a distinct legal object separate from the land and normally become the property of a person other than the landowner or the miner.

In most countries, minerals form part of the common and shared heritage of the people.  The state is a legal construct that is incapable of claiming absolute rights to that which God or another force could only have brought into existence.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Taking Back the Economy – Land

Posted on July 23th 2013

What is the true meaning of the statement "taking back the economy" which is the election campaign cry of ZANU-PF in 2013?

If this cry was coming from a newly formed party, one would understand its significance and import.

However, ZANU-PF is a seasoned party that was elected into office in 1980 to lead the charge to deliver the promise of a better and prosperous life but finds itself without a coherent message than a message that would have been more relevant for the circumstances prevailing in 1980.

President Mugabe in 1980 was alive to the humanly created and inherited land ownership structure as well as the need to democratize access to land.

Notwithstanding, he must have understood the role of enterprise agriculture and the need to promote and protect food self-sufficiency.  The land in question was always situated in the territory of Zimbabwe and, therefore, it was and will always belong to people who live in Zimbabwe.


Zimbabwe@33 – Peace, Prosperity & Economic Empowerment – President’s Wagon

Posted on July 23th 2013

On the eve of Zimbabwe's independence, President Mugabe said: "Only a few hours from now, Zimbabwe will have become a free, independent and sovereign state, free to choose its own flight path and chart its own course to its chosen destiny.  Its people have made a democratic choice of those who as their legitimate Government, they wish to govern them and take policy decisions as to their future."

Indeed, Zimbabwe attained independence on 18 April 1980 and the promise of a free, independent and sovereign state has yet to be delivered as promised.

In life, it is easy to define a person by who he or she has been not by what one plans to be.

It is also easy to blame one person for past failures as it is to pin salvation on speculative future successes.

President Mugabe is just a single individual and yet he has acquired the persona of a super human being.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Taking Back the Economy – Indigenize

Posted on July 22th 2013

In a few days, Zimbabweans will make a decision in the harmonized elections against a backdrop of poverty, unemployment and inequality as to who should be the face of the new administration.

The right to the ballot as a peoples' democratic weapon was won in 1980 and, therefore, after 33 years of independence, one would expect new challenges to occupy the minds of people like President Mugabe but alas his preface to the 2013 ZANU-PF manifesto is premised on preserving the legacy of the liberation struggle rather than his record as a state actor.

President Mugabe believes that his participation in the liberation struggle permanently qualifies him to lead the nation and it is significant that he makes the point in the ZANU-PF manifesto as follows: "That legacy (liberation struggle) permanently connects past, present and future generations of this nation with one another.  It is a legacy that we all own as Zimbabweans."

His worldview is shaped and defined by his experiences during the colonial order and, therefore will never cease to call on: "every Zimbabwean to patriotically cherish and jealously guard the gains of our heroic liberation struggle.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Promises & Pledges

Posted on July 20th 2013

In an article published in the Herald on Saturday, 20 July 2013, titled: "President pledges to resuscitate ailing industries"; President Mugabe who addressed tens of thousands of people at a star rally at Somholo Stadium in Lupane is reported as having lamented that Zimbabweans had been robbed of proper leadership during the last five years because of a dysfunctional government that he led.

It is common cause that the industrial decay in Bulawayo did not start with the advent of the inclusive government but one can legitimately conclude that the voting patterns in Matebeleland since the entry of the MDC into the political community of Zimbabwe has reflected a general sense of exclusion by the people living in the region.

President Mugabe who has been at the helm of all the post-colonial administrations appears to have a selective and self-serving memory.

He continues to make the point that the inclusive government has been dysfunctional as if to suggest that a ZANU-PF led government would have fared better in running the government alone.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Hope and Confidence

Posted on July 17th 2013

A state of mind that promotes the belief in good outcomes related to events and circumstances in one or the nation's life, for example elections, is generally described hope.

It is in reality a feeling that what is wanted i.e. a better and prosperous life can be obtained or that events will turn out for the best.

As the landmark election draws closer, I have no doubt that the generality of the Zimbabwean public is looking forward to something good with desire and confidence.

However, on election day, the power to deliver the change and hope that people have been waiting for vests with the very people whose future has hitherto been surrendered to a few wise minds in state offices.

If President Mugabe is re-elected as President, this will mark a continuation of the status quo ante as this can be hardly considered as representing the kind of change that will give direction to the future of the country.

He is after all a tried and tested leader whose worldview does not require any interpretation.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – The White Factor

Posted on July 16th 2013

In 1980, President Mugabe on the eve of Independence Day correctly observed that: "Tomorrow we shall be celebrating the historic event, which our people have striven for nearly a century to achieve.  Our people, young and old, men and women, black and white, living and dead, are, on this occasion, being brought together in a new form of national unity that makes them all Zimbabweans.  Independence will bestow on us a new personality, a new sovereignty, a new future and perspective, and indeed a new history and a new past."

In 2013, the Presidential candidate for ZANU-PF, President Mugabe had this to say: "We made a mistake in 2008 to vote for the people who love the white people. Voting for people who want to bring back the white people and thinking that there won't be any development without white people.  The rich resources that our country is endowed with are for the black people, this is our country.  And those who must rule this country must be black people."


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Independence of the judiciary

Posted on July 15th 2013

The last 33 years have produced black and Indian judges; a development that was unthinkable during the colonial era for it was held that non-whites could not be expected to be part of the social contract that informed the colonial constitutional order.

The transformation of the judiciary effectively mirrors the transformation of the political and administrative system that has taken place under the watch of President Mugabe.

It is common cause that the entire Zimbabwean bench is a product of the political power system that has largely operated on partisan grounds.

The fact that President Mugabe holds strong views on issues such as sovereignty, independence, patriotism, and the role of political clubs in shaping the character and personality of nations is well established to allow him to make rational, impartial, and non-partisan appointments to the judiciary.

To the extent that he appoints the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, it is important to recognize that unless there is a change at the top whoever will be the Minister will have to toe the line on judicial appointments.

Accordingly, anyone who understands the connection between ZANU-PF and the judiciary cannot be confused when reading some of the decisions that have come from the bench.


Zimbabwe Decides 2013 – Countdown to 31 July – Mugabe & Mandela

Posted on July 15th 2013

In 17 days, registered Zimbabwean voters will decide on what kind of future they wish to be part of.

The 3 in 1 elections will allow voters to decide who should be President among the 5 men who have been successfully nominated for the office as well as who should be in the national and local legislatures.

On Saturday, 13 July, I had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues regarding the forthcoming elections with the Editor of the Daily News, Mr. Gama, who encouraged me to give 17 reasons why change is needed in Zimbabwe at this defining moment in its history.

I agreed to add my voice to the chorus that seeks to lift Zimbabwe up.

Inevitably, a risk always exists that one may be misunderstood and, therefore, it is important that I add my views merely as a decision support tool to those who may at this late not know what is truly at stake and what matters in the creating of a Zimbabwe that works for all.

In 1980, it was obvious that the Zimbabwean elections were about hope and change as it was in the case of South African elections in 1994.


Zimbabwe@33 – Peace, Prosperity & Economic Empowerment – The Chicken or the egg dilemma

Posted on July 15th 2013

Zimbabwe at 33 should have matured enough to allow democratic institutions to take root so as to give the people an opportunity to own their future.

The question of leadership is always relevant but unfortunately human civilization has yet to come up with an efficient and effective method of identifying and selecting good leaders.

No constitution in the world has a single reference to the kind of attributes that leaders must possess and more importantly leaders should be selected.

No institutions have been created by mankind to assist the human mind in selecting good leaders but propaganda has and continues to play a large part in influencing selection so as to allow bad leaders to outlive their usefulness hence the imposition of term limits in many countries.

Term limits, therefore, are only appropriate where state offices have been abused and the bill of rights entrenched in constitutions are not respected by state actors.



Mutumwa Dziva Mawere (born January 11, 1960 in Bindura, Zimbabwe), is an African business executive, pioneer, financier, banker and entrepreneur best known as the founder and Chairman of Africa Resources Limited ("ARL"). He is known for having built one of the most powerful and influential corporations in Zimbabwe's history


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