By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
One of the 2018 presidential candidates, FreeZim Congress leader Joseph Busha has attributed the currently problems bedevilling the country and the lack of preparedness in the face of the recent disasters as clear indication that Zimbabwe has no effective leadership.
The opposition leader said this while addressing a press conference in the capital on Wednesday, where he spoke on the problems bedevilling the country and the disasters that have exposed government’s lack of preparedness accusing the president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of failure.
“The events of the recent months demonstrate that as a country we going nowhere and we are a leaderless population.
“On 1 August last year and in January following the protests over fuel hikes many people lost their lives and we need to call up on the leadership that they have failed this nation,” said the South African-based business mogul who garnered 0,4 % percent votes in last year’s 2018 elections .
In reference to Cyclone Idai which claimed over 100 people and over 200 missing with Chipinge and Chimanimani being the hardest-hit, the FreeZim leader said the government was caught napping as the alarm had already been raised and should have channeled resources for evacuation and educating the citizens before the disaster struck.
“There were floods in Mozambique since last year and government was aware that these were coming but it did not set up rescue teams and educating the populace on safety measures in the face of the cyclone,” argued Busha.
Contrary to reports that FreeZim Congress is part of the national dialogue precipitated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the opposition leader vehemently denied being part of the process saying he actually wanted a bilateral talk with the Zanu PF leader which he failed to get.
“ There is this issue of inter-party dialogue which I have heard from some journalists that I am part of but I am not part of it .
“Let me tell you that I actually wrote two letters to Mnangagwa so that we could have a bilateral discussion on a shared vision which he refused and I think he is a coward,” charged the 52-year-old opposition leader.
He accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of wanting to hoodwink people to believe that he has reached to the opposition when most of the opposition leaders in the ‘useless process are people who are willing to be co-opted in the ruling party for their self-interests’.
Busha adds to the list of other opposition leaders who discarded the national dialogue process including the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa who wants a ‘genuine mediator’ and Daniel Shumba who pulled out saying the process was highly compromised and insincere.