Challenge for student leaders


OF the many things that we treasure in this beautiful and rich-resource country of ours, our children rank top.
For Zimbabwe, with all its vast resources and great potential, will not amount to much if we do not secure our future, which is largely our children.
They must continue in the path we have set.
Our current able leaders were at one stage youths and I must hasten to say not just ordinary youths, but conscientious ones that performed many extraordinary acts in the liberation of the country from colonial bondage.
When we decided that enough was enough and that we were going to fight for what rightfully belonged to us, a majority of us were teens, were in secondary and tertiary institutions.
Who will forget the black university students in Rhodesia and universities elsewhere in the world, the ‘class of 69’ of the then University of Rhodesia arrested for demonstrating in support of Chief Rekayi Tangwena, who was refusing to be moved from Gaeresi, his ancestral home, to pave way for white settlers.
Or the hundreds of students that cut short their studies at St Albert’s Mission, St Augustine’s Mission, Kriste Mambo and many other schools around the country.
So we know not just one or two things, but a lot about student politics, hadzina kutanga nhasi.
One would not be wrong to say that in part, a great part, the struggle for Zimbabwe was waged by youths, a fair number which came from higher learning institutions.
But I am saddened to say that today’s student politics is awash with sellouts, made up of individuals that have no moral scruples and do not deserve the title comrade.
The lack and absence of patriotism in these ‘politicians’ is scary.
To hear leaders of a student body talking of ‘friends’ in the West, the United States and Britain is, to say the least, heartrending for the pain caused us by these countries is not a secret.
To witness the leadership of the current student bodies taking advantage of fellow desperate students giving them money supplied by the West to get them to sellout their motherland is painful.
We did what was right for the country because we love this country, we did not engage in politics for money, but to see the betterment of the lot of blacks.
Clearly the student bodies that have seen it fit to sellout are composed of blind leaders.
For if they were conscious and patriotic youths they are supposed to have already seen that politics motivated by the love of money and self-enrichment does not prosper.
The majority of the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change formations are made up of former student politicians that aligned themselves to the West.
Where are they today?
Do people believe in them?
They were given the opportunity to serve the people and what did they do?
Did they deliver beyond rhetoric?
What contributions have they made towards betterment of this country besides inviting crippling sanctions, that have gone on to destroy what youths of an era not so long ago built?
I urge the youths who see role models in the MDC leaders to honestly review the lives and actions of these so-called leaders and come to an honest conclusion and to ask and answer the question, to emulate or not to emulate?
I mention no names (they know themselves) of the student bodies that we would otherwise forget about and not care for were it not for the fact that we do care, they are our children.
And they shame us their parents and give us sleepless nights thinking where we went wrong.
Those not so many years ago we fought and hoped to live, to survive, marry, have children and a beautiful life.
We fought long and hard for our children to be born in a free Zimbabwe and that our actions would be a template and an example of what it means to be Zimbabwean.
We do not write them off, they are our children.


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