Mr. Mutumwa Mawere, the Chairman of the 1873 Network www.the1873network.org, attended on Monday, 3 December 2018, the launch Professor Mutambara’s book, Path to Power book, hosted by the GIBS Business School where he made his remarks about the lack of a shared understanding of the ancestry and anatomy of power as it relates to statecraft matters.
“In my opinion, the premise on which this book is written is that Professor Mutambara has traversed a journey from birth to the day he assumed the post of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) in the government of National Unity led by former President Mugabe.
By deductive logic, one is driven to a conclusion, that may be considered to be self-serving, that speaks to a view that serving as a public office bearer in a government is power in motion.”said Mr. Mawere.
Yesterday, Mr. Mawere had the following interesting discourse with Professor Mutambara on the power subject matter:
What is your take on my conversation with Prof Mutambara: [13:11, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: The Path to Power, by AGO Mutambara: The physical book and an electronic version are now available on AMAZON. The book is also available in most book stores in Zimbabwe and South Africa
[13:12, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: The Path to Constitutionalism is still in the mind!!!
[13:15, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Constitutionalism is institutionalized by those with influence – the wise and powerful who deploy their power in pursuit of the common good
[13:18, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: What about the weakest in society who need constitutionalism first?
[13:23, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: They can get constitutionalism by becoming influential themselves through democratic processes or putting into positions of influence enlightened folk who will in-calculate and drive the agenda for constitutionalism.
[13:23, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Yet some would say universal suffrage confers power on the individual and not on compounds.
[13:25, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Indeed, but operationalizing the influence leads to collective frameworks
[13:27, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Can the individual power of freewill and reason be compounded or aggregated? Can the human spirit and consequential creativity and ingenuity be capable of being led or caused to do anything outside the box of self-interest?
[13:34, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: The answers are YES and YES. The box is that of enlightened self-interest.
[13:35, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Then how can change be best delivered? Guided or random
[13:36, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Obviously guided, although random acts can add to the process
[13:37, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Who is to guide when we all are not possessed with the power of clairvoyance?
[13:38, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Some are clearly more possessed than others.
[13:39, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: What would be the source of the power to know what has not happened?
[13:48, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Strategic thinking and vision
[13:49, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Should democracy mutate into pockets of excellence?
[14:01, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: Excellence has a role
[14:02, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: What about the doctrine of equality and universality of humanity irrespective of excellence
[14:04, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: [12/05, 13:36] Mutumwa Mawere: Has Prof given you the numbers
[12/05, 13:37] Wildfire: Not yet
[12/05, 13:37] Wildfire: sent him a message and called him he hasn’t responded
[14:05, 12/5/2018] Prof Mutambara: What can be aspired to is equality of opportunity NOT of outcomes or capabilities
[14:10, 12/5/2018] Mutumwa Mawere: Outcomes can never create a new class of humans. We all are endowed with certain unalienable rights which include life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. If this is the case, there can never be anyone who can legitimately claim to be superior on the basis of excellence.
Ms. Miriam Mutizwa, the founder of a group called Legal Eagles that is dedicated to provoking, igniting and inspiring active citizenship through the promotion of constitutionalism and the rule of law in Africa, said: “I like Professor Mutambara’s active citizenship displayed in documenting and sharing his experiences.
All too often, we fail to take the next step to actually write what may be in our minds informed by real life experiences.
I listened to Professor Mutambara’s speech at the launch when he emphasized the need to be risk takers as he did by taking the plunge.
We all walk on untrodden grounds and none of us has a crystal ball to guide to a contested future.
The issues raised above in the dialogue between Mr. Mawere and Professor Mutambara speak to a binary that exists when power is correctly or incorrectly contextualised.
There exists a narrative that says leaders must be craft competent yet there exists no selection mechanism to discriminate against the many people who have used short or long walks to statehouses.
The path that Professor Mutambara has used is unique to him and may not be a useful guide to others in a democratic dispensation where electoral politics count.
The second narrative that Professor Mutambara seems to subscribe to speaks to another construct that if one goes to school and excels and distinguishes themselves in professionals careers then they stand a better change of assuming public power.”
Mr. Mawere said that: “As the Chairman of the 1873 radio station www.the1873fm.com, I believe that it is vitally important for us to elevate our discourses to a level that can provoke and possibly ignite active citizenship on what matters.
Clearly the issue of experiences and sharing them cannot be understated. Knowledge and insights that are shared hold a better promise.
Professor Mutambara’s core theme is that the GNU delivered notwithstanding the fact that former President Mugabe was the captain of the ship.
I have, however, shared my personal experiences in relation to a law that was born in 2004 prior to the operation of the GNU.
It is the case that this law outlived the GNU yet Professor Mutambara would not see this as a failure of his stewardship especially having regard to the fact that in the interview with the SABC below, he seems to be talking about the relevance of his theme for the book to issues of the rule of law which are at the heart of this draconian law.
This law allows the Minister of Justice to divest and deprive shareholders of the rights that are entrenched in the Constitution yet it is not unusual for people who are privileged to be in government positions to overlook their true purpose and role as stewards or trustees of the people.
After 38 years of independence, we need to know better about what power is and is not. This will help in shaping and defining the true character and personality of the promise of government in the affairs of mankind.
It is not easy for many public office bearers to accept that age old position that power is by nature and the creator of life vested in the people, and consequently derived from their consent, and as such no power can claim any legitimacy without the involvement of the governed.
If we all accept that principle that all men are created equal and that they are only endowed by the creator with certain unalienable rights including the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then it can never be correct that assuming a position in government can allow such inherent rights and freedoms to be surrendered to a few in government.
I have congratulated Professor Mutambara for choosing power as a central theme for this book because it allows us to negotiate a better understanding of it.
Professor Mutambara requested to share the SABC interview with a view to establishing your own take on his perspective or paradigm on power, its seed, expression and presumed operation.”