This is BRIEFLY’s 4rd edition of 2019, and Zimbabwe Voice had a chat Warship Dumba, a former aide to the late MDC founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai. Dumba, who also served as a ward Councillor in Harare, tells us what he thinks about the direction the MDC is going under Nelson Chamisa, Tsvangirai’s successor. Dumba gives some advice to Zimbabweans on social media… And reveals the one Minister in the current Cabinet who he thinks is doing well.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I first worked for the Ministry of Education as a Science and Maths teacher.
Q: What’s your biggest regret in your life so far?
A: I have no regrets in my life.
Q: US dollar or Zimbabwe dollar… Which one would you rather we use in Zimbabwe right now?
A: The Zimbabwe dollar. It however must be supported by mining and agriculture. More investment must be channelled towards these sectors.
Q: What book have you been reading?
A: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
A: That I worked as Morgan Tsvangirai’s Research team in his office. People also don’t know that I participated fully in Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation at a very tender age.
Q: You’re given the keys to the State House today. What are the first two things you’d do for Zimbabweans?
A: Make Zimbabwe’s economy truly Zimbabwean through empowering Zimbabweans. Secondly, unite all Zimbabweans through formulating a common vision for all Zimbabweans
Q: Do you think Morgan Tsvangirai would be proud of what his successor, Nelson Chamisa, has done for the opposition movement so far? Why?
A: Tsvangirai was not even happy about Nelson Chamisa in his last days. It was Tsvangirai’s dream to see MDC united and democratic in all its dealings. That value was abdicated by Chamisa because of too much love for power and self-enrichment.
Q: If you were to go back in time to your teenage years, what would you do differently?
A: I am happy about all the decisions I have made in my life.
Q: The year is about to end, and many are planning their holiday destinations. Which place in Zimbabwe fascinates you the most, and why?
A: I love the Eastern Highlands for its scenic views.
Q: Is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s New Dispensation indeed new? Why?
A: A lot has not changed yet especially corruption. We expect to see more arrests and recovery of everything that was stolen from the masses.
Q: After a hard day’s work, what do you want at your dinner table?
A: I need must sadza and any African relish especially the ‘road runner.’ [A road runner is a free-range chicken – Editor’s addition].
Q: What advice would you give to Zimbabweans who use social media?
A: We must avoid using abusive language and hate speech but take advantage of these platforms to debate national issues in a constructive manner.
Q: If you were not in your current occupation, what else would you be doing?
A: Would be out in the country farming or mining.
Q: Is Zimbabwe a unique country, and if yes, in what way?
A: It is unique in that Zimbabweans are creative people. With all this suffering caused by sanctions and institutionalised corruption , people keep on sending their children to school preparing for an unknown future.
Q: What type of music really gets your day started?
A: All local music
Q: Which one Minister in the current Cabinet would you give a high-five for doing a good job?
A: Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube, has done well so far although he has been working under a very difficult environment with no ‘balance of payment support‘.
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- In this programme, Zimbabwe Voice chats with news-makers in Zimbabwean politics, business, sport, civic society, art, academia, religion and other sectors of society to briefly hear their viewpoints on diverse issues.