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President Mnangagwa: A servant leader’s call for serving with humility explained – The Herald

Tongai Dana


During the recent swearing in ceremony for Cabinet Ministers, President Mnangagwa implored the new Ministers to “serve the people with humility”.

These words echoed so loud in my ears and I hope they echoed the same in the ears of those who had the honour to be appointed to serve the country in the capacity of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

Why so? because President Mnangagwa is a leader who is out to set a precedent of transformative and good guidance for the now and future generations.

He has kept his word and promise of servant leadership.

In 2018, President Mnangagwa pledged that his leadership philosophy was servant leadership and indeed in the past five years servant leadership is what we saw.

Upon being elected for the second term to continue as President of Zimbabwe, he has expressed the intention to lead with humility and prioritise the needs of the people of Zimbabwe.

However, it is important to note that the perception and assessment of leadership and its alignment with servant leadership principles can vary among different individuals and stakeholders.

Personally, my interpretation of serving with humility is “people centred leadership” guided and drawing from the biblical scripture in Philemon 2:3 which says:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

This is what President Mnangagwa instructed the new Cabinet Ministers when he said “Serve the people with humility”.

President Mnangagwa is not just giving this instruction but he has lived this in the past five years and he knows it can be done.

Some initiatives and actions taken by President Mnangagwa that align with servant leadership principles and his heart to put people first include:

Economic reforms

The President has initiated economic reforms aimed at revitalising Zimbabwe’s economy and improving the livelihoods of its citizens. These reforms have included measures to attract investment, promote business growth, and address issues such as unemployment and poverty. These indeed yielded results.

Engagement with international community

The President has sought to rebuild relationships with the international community and attract foreign investment.

This approach was aimed at improving the country’s standing and fostering economic development and it indeed yielded results.

Anti-corruption efforts

President Mnangagwa has spoken out against corruption and initiated anti-corruption campaigns. He has emphasised the need for transparency, accountability, and ethical behaviour in Government institutions. This is yielding results; Zimbabwe is transforming out of the culture of corruption but hard work.

Empowerment and development programmes

Government has introduced programmes to empower and uplift marginalised communities, including initiatives to support small-scale farmers, promote education, and provide healthcare services.

This is yielding results, those who have benefited can testify. Many will benefit as no one and no place will be left behind.

Having lived and demonstrated the importance of servant leadership, President Mnangagwa has demonstrated to the new leaders that leadership is a responsibility and an opportunity to serve the greater good.

By embodying the principles of servant leadership in our diversity in terms of political affiliations as Zimbabweans we can foster trust, collaboration, and positive change in the political landscape, ultimately working towards a more inclusive and prosperous society.

Servant leadership emphasises the importance of serving others and putting their needs first.

It involves active listening, empathy, collaboration, and a commitment to ethical behaviour.

Serving with humility in political leadership is an approach where leaders prioritise the needs and interests of the people they represent over their personal ambitions or ego.

It involves adopting a mindset of service and a willingness to listen, learn and collaborate with others.

The recently appointed leaders should learn from President Mnangagwa.

 Putting the people first

The President and the nation expecting the new Cabinet Ministers to prioritise the well-being and interests of the people they serve above their own.

They are expected to genuinely listen to their constituents, seek to understand their concerns, and make decisions based on the greater good rather than personal gain.

Openness to feedback

The new leaders are expected to be humble leaders who are open to receiving feedback, both positive and negative, and see it as an opportunity for growth.

They are expected to create an environment where diverse perspectives are welcomed, and they actively seek input from experts, advisors, and the public.

This will help them make more informed decisions and avoid the pitfalls of arrogance or self-righteousness.

Collaborative approach

The leadership will also perform better if they promote collaborations. Leaders should therefore actively seek partnerships and build coalitions to address complex challenges.

Empowering others

Leaders are expected to create an environment that fosters trust, encourages innovation, and allows others to grow and contribute their unique skills and perspectives for the development of the country as it marches towards becoming an Upper Middle-Income State by 2030.

By empowering their teams and citizens in general, they will build a strong support system and cultivate future leaders.

Practicing empathy and compassion

Servant and humble leaders demonstrate empathy and compassion towards the people they serve. Leaders should make efforts to understand the challenges and struggles of individuals and communities, and work towards policies and initiatives that address those needs.

To achieve this, the new Cabinet Ministers should strive to be accessible, approachable, and genuinely care about the well-being of those they lead.

Leading by example

The new leadership should lead by example, demonstrating integrity, ethical behaviour, and a commitment to serving the public interest.

It is not good for leaders to use their position for personal gain. They should adhere to the same standards and expectations they set for others and their actions should inspire trust, respect from the people they lead.

Serving with humility in political leadership is not a sign of weakness but rather a strength that fosters collaboration, trust, and effective governance. It allows leaders to connect with the people make informed decisions, and work towards the betterment of society as a whole.

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African 2026 World Cup Qualifying Fixtures

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Although the 2026 FIFA World Cup is still years away, the African qualifiers are set to begin soon. The next World Cup will be held in three locations for the first time in history – the US, Canada, and Mexico. CAF has secured 9 slots for African teams who will battle it out for a chance to play on the global stage. Below, we review the African 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification schedule and fixtures.

New Qualification Format

Nine CAF teams will make it to the World Cup. This is a change from the previous five, which means local and international betting sites have to update their betting lines even as the CAF adjusts its qualification format. The CAF announced this new format on May 19 this year. Now, participating teams will be drawn into nine groups of six teams, with each group winner qualifying directly for the World Cup. 

Draw and Groups

On July 13, the CAF performed the draw for the qualifications in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. All 54 CAF football associations will be represented, and the teams will be divided into the following groups:

  1. Group I: Chad, Comoros, CAR, Madagascar, Ghana, Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia, Botswana, Mozambique, Uganda, Guinea, Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Kenya, Gabon, Ivory Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea, Niger, Tanzania, Congo, Zambia, Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius, Eswatini, Libya, Angola, Cape Verde, Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Benin, South Africa, Nigeria
  8. Group B: South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Mauritania, DR Congo, Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Egypt


The qualifiers will be held across 10 match days with some combined dates for the playoff semifinals and finals. The closest dates to look forward to are:

Matchday One: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Comoros Vs. Central African Republic, Ghana Vs. Madagascar, Mali Vs. Chad
  2. Group H: Liberia Vs. Malawi, Equatorial Guinea Vs. Namibia, Tunisia Vs. Sao Tome e Principe
  3. Group G: Botswana Vs. Mozambique, Guinea Vs. Uganda, Algeria Vs. Somalia
  4. Group F: Burundi Vs. Gambia, Gabon Vs. Kenya, Ivory Coast Vs. Seychelles
  5. Group E: Niger Vs. Tanzania, Zambia Vs. Congo Brazzaville, Morocco Vs. Eritrea
  6. Group D: Eswatini Vs. Libya, Cape Verde Vs. Angola, Cameroon Vs. Mauritius
  7. Group C: Rwanda Vs. Zimbabwe, South Africa Vs. Benin, Nigeria Vs. Lesotho
  8. Group B: Sudan Vs. Togo, Senegal Vs. South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo Vs. Mauritania,
  9. Group A: Ethiopia Vs. Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso Vs. Guinea-Bissau, Egypt Vs. Djibouti

Matchday Two: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Chad Vs. Madagascar, Comoros Vs. Ghana, CAR Vs. Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome Vs. Namibia, Liberia Vs. E. Guinea, Malawi Vs. Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia Vs. Uganda, Botswana Vs. Guinea, Mozambique Vs. Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles Vs. Kenya, Burundi Vs. Gabon, Gambia Vs. I. Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea Vs. Congo, Niger Vs. Zambia, Tanzania Vs. Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius Vs. Angola, Eswatini Vs. Cape Verde, Libya Vs. Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho Vs. Benin, Rwanda Vs. S. Africa, Zimbabwe Vs. Nigeria
  8. Group B: S. Sudan Vs. Mauritania, Sudan Vs. DR Congo, Togo Vs. Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti Vs. G. Bissau, Ethiopia Vs. B. Faso, S. Leone Vs. Egypt

Wrapping Up

The African (CAF) qualification campaign will kick off in November and set the stage for the 54 participating countries to compete for the 9 World Cup slots. Meanwhile, Morocco’s run in the 2022 World Cup has revitalized enough hope on the continent for a real shot at the trophy.

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We do not recognise Mnangagwa as President – says opposition as MPs boycott 10th Parliament opening, SONA address

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By Staff Reporter

CITIZENS Coalition for Change legislators have snubbed the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the opening of the 10th Parliament.

According to a source, the decision to steer clear of the SONA along with the official opening of the 10th Parliament came from the party.

This is the latest protest by the opposition party following the conclusion of the general elections in August.

President Mnangagwa emerged winner with a 52,6% share of the vote while Chamisa got 44%.

CCC has since disputed the election results while calling for a rerun.

“We have been told to remain in our constituencies. The directive came as a party position,” revealed the source.

Opposition spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi said: “We are boycotting the processes that Mnangagwa wants us to undertake on the basis of the fact that we as CCC do not recognize an election that put him there. The election was a sham, it did not go well. If fell abysmally short of the expected standards of a free and fair election in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe as well as in terms of SADC and AU protocols on free and fair elections.

“Accordingly, we are not attending that process. We want to send a clear message that there should be a free election in Zimbabwe under the auspices of SADC. So, that is the message that will be sending out.”

After the contested 2018 general election, then MDC-Alliance MPs walked out as soon as Mnangagwa began his SONA in protest.

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Zanu PF dispels any hope for Transitional government, maintains August elections were free and fair

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By Leopold Munhende | Chief Correspondent

ZANU PF Treasurer General Patrick Chinamasa has dispelled hopes for a transitional government or rerun, options being pushed regionally after Zimbabwe’s heavily criticised August polls.

Chinamasa took to Twitter Monday to declare that, despite regional and international criticism of the election, Zanu PF maintained it was free and fair.

He described calls for a rerun of the elections won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as neocolonial.

Mnangagwa claimed 52.6% of the presidential vote against main contender Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) President Nelson Chamisa’s 44%.

“I ask the CCC class and its Prefect, Nelson Chamisa, to repeat after me the following that the 23rd of August 2023 was free, fair, transparent, and credible; that there will be no rerun of the elections,” said Chinamasa.

“There will be no Government of National Unity (GNU), there will be no so-called Transitional Authority (whatever that may mean), Zimbabwe, under Zanu PF’s watch will never be a banana republic.

“Zanu PF will forever say “NO” to neocolonialism and hegemonism and an emphatic “NO” to subjugation by sanctions-imposing Western countries, Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo, Ichitongwa Nevene Vayo, Ichinamatirwa Nevene Vayo, Ichichengetedzwa Nevene Vayo, Ichidzivirirwa Nevene Vayo. 

Zimbabwe will never, never, never be a colony again.”

Mnangagwa’s re-election has received massive criticism after heavy bungling by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on August 23.

Late provision of voting material, allegations of voter intimidation by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) backed Forever Associates Zimbabwe (FAZ), barring of opposition rallies, arrest of opposing politicians and accusations ZEC had been captured by the military all worked against its credibility.

The European Union (EU), Commonwealth, United Kingdom (UK), regional body SADC and AU all questioned its fairness.

Zanu PF has spent the greater part of Zimbabwe’s post election period to lay into Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema whom it accuses of orchestrating negative reviews of Zimbabwe’s polls by SADC.

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