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Wisdom For Emerging Leaders: Balanced Living, Managing Depression and The Art of Public Speaking



Simbarashe Nyamadzawo

Simbarashe Nyamadzawo, 23/02/2021

Creating a Balance between Pursuing Your Dreams and Being There For Your Peers

There is a certain point in time when you are emerging as a leader and there is a lot of demand placed on your gift. Everyone in your circle will want a piece of you. People get referred to you as the go to person.

You never want to break promises but you find yourself not keeping your word. Everyone is taking and taking from you, no one is prepared to replenish you. Others request to see you in free time when you don’t even have free time.

You open your WhatsApp and you see tens and tens of messages which need to be replied.

Others see you online and assume you are ignoring them when in actual fact you are working on their requests and you can’t afford to reply the massages without having your work and thought pattern getting interrupted.

When you get emotionally depleted, you take some time off so that you can recharge , when you get back to work you are greeted with a dozen to do list which needs your attention and these are issues you can’t delegate.

I have experienced that and I have learned to be strong and remain focused and not lose my plot. If you are in such a space I pray that the LORD will increase your capacity. I pray that the LORD will give you the courage to say “NO” to some of the requests from people.

I pray that you put a monetary value on your time and those with requests of a commercial nature get to pay you. I pray that you will not lose your mind as you work out a way to meet all your demands.

I pray that the LORD will give you the wisdom to sort out your priorities. I pray that the Holy Spirit will become your mentor and teacher. I pray that the LORD will send you people to elevate you to the next season of your life.

Wisdom for Managing Depression during Trying Times

Most people are going through a lot, depression and much more. They don’t have courage to speak out.

Be kind to people and have the courtesy to check on your friends and be there for them when they need you most.

The church in Africa does not value counseling that much. Very few leaders teach on how to handle pressure, depression and other ills of the 21st century. May the LORD grant us the wisdom to deal with our dark sides. Amen

Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Reduce your message to the level of your audience. Most speakers lose it the moment they want to sound intelligent and knowledgeable.

Let’s say you are a politician addressing a rally, don’t tell the electorate about the GDP, balance of payment and other big economics terms.

What they want is an assurance of their needs. Jobs. Health. Water. Affordable Tax.

For most types of presentations, the simpler the language the greater the impact.

One of my favorite speakers is Dr. John C. Maxwell, he is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on leadership. He has won himself a wider and captive audience because he has this knack of breaking a complex message into simple and understandable language.

Next time you are given an opportunity to speak, labor as much as you can to make your message simple.

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Corporate Literacy




As part of a project to provoke, ignite and inspire fact-bases active citizenship under the Justice Under Rule Of Law (JUROL) initiative, in this story is Mr Shayne Kundai’s understanding of the SMM story in a conversation with Prof Tichaona Mupasiri on 28 JANUARY 2028.

Mr. Chin’ono is a respected journalist and the exchange in Part 1 of this addition to the SMM narrative adds to the confusion that provoked Mr. Mugore to express openly his wish that Mr. Mawere write a memoir to set the record straight hence the involvement of Mr. Kundai. 

Mr. Chin’ono stated as true and fact that:

“Surrogates were people like Mutumwa Mawere who was his front until they fell out.

Today surrogates refers to people like Kuda Tagwirei who has been a front for State looting using his myriad of companies.”

Based on the above and since 1996, the year in which the video relied upon to assert that Mawere was MNANGAGWA’S FRONT, a respectable journalist whose duty is to inform, educate and entertain the public, clearly premised his conclusion that MAWERE was MNANGAGWA’s surrogate on the unconnected and untested utterances made by MNANGAGWA in a public platform.

Mr. Mpasiri said: “It is this kind of reckless and malicious trophy hunting type of gutter journalism that provoked me to confront Mr. Chin’ono and his response was chilling as set out below:

“TM: Thank you for the honest response and obviously when I watched the video, I could not make the link between Mutumwa Mawere and the looting. 

Perhaps you can share evidence supporting the allegation of surrogacy and the corruption therefore in, so that I can afford both president Mnangagwa and Mawere to give their own account of the precise nature of the alleged link between public power and private benefit.

Unfortunately, the video’s content does not establish the causal link which is vital in determining any dispute in an Independent and impartial manner.

HC: I didn’t say Mutumwa was corrupt.

I said that there were public funds that were doled out which amounted to looting.

HC: You are misinterpreting what I said.

The video has nothing to do with Mutumwa being corrupt, it was meant to illustrate how public funds were looted way before sanctions.

TM: Thank you for clarifying and I am intrigued by your response. 

You have asserted as true and fact that Mawere was Mnangagwa front and this aspect is not self-evident in the video, suggesting that evidence exists that the alleged fronting you are talking about, is supported by concrete evidence which is required in any bona fide process, seeking to hold people accountable for their conduct or misconduct. 

I would be grateful if you can identify in precise terms what Mawere front for Mnangagwa.”

The above was unfortunately the end of the chat leaving any reader to question the basis on which a person like Hopewell operates. 

The view that Mnangagwa uses surrogates to allegedly loot public resources is not unique to Hopewell but to many compelling anyone to probe this question deeper than hitherto. 

Mr. Chin’ono was interviewed by the SABC on the subject of the war against corruption in Zimbabawe and he proudly shared the interview on this link with Me. Mpasiri: 

Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of the Justice Under Rule of Law (JUROL) – Investigative Journalism (IJ) initiative said: “I am shocked if this criminality clothed as craft excellence exists and operates through Hopewell, then I shudder to imagine what is left of this glorious profession commonly described as the 4th State.

In this case, Hopewell maliciously imported a video into a narrative that he wished to peddle that Mnanagwa uses surrogates to prosecute corruption.

I have had a look at this interview and the inescapable conclusion Hopewell’s activism clothed as journalism poses so grave a threat to the rule of law that if nothing is done to hold him to account for not only putting the entire profession into disrepute but for undermining the public confidence in the profession as a guardian of the practitioners’ independence and impartiality.”

Hopewell Chin’ono, Award Winning Journalist & Documentary: 

Mr. Mpasiri, BOAF’s Director of Corporate and Legal Literacy said: “I had a no idea that even after exposing his fraud, Hopewell was blind to what actually had transpired when he sought to unashamedly deny what he had asserted as true and fact that Mawere was in 1996, Mnangagwa’s surrogate, only to deny having said this by accusing me of misunderstanding him.” 

Prof Tichaona Mupasiri (Photo Credit: WhatsApp)

Mr. Kundai them approached Prof Mupasiri, who in a landmark case under Case Number CCZ 34/21 approached the apex court if Zimbabwe seeking President Mnangagwa to account for his state of knowledge and involvement in the facts and circumstances of the reconstruction of SMM using extrajudicial means.

Advocate Jack Matiza, a member of the Friends of SMM (FOSMM), JUROL and BOAF initiatives aimed at promoting, protecting, and upholding the rule of law said: “After watching Hopewell’s interview on SABC that Hopewell had encouraged Mr. Mpasiri to watch and share, i understood why the memoir challenge should be a call to action for anyone who had hope that people like Hopewell could be relied upon to shape the personality and character of an open, accountable, transparent and alternative governance system, his conduct which is inconsistent with s2 of the constitution confirms otherwise.”

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[1/28, 8:09 PM] Solar Guru – Wizo: Evening ladies and gentlemen its an honor to be amongst likeminds…allow me to introduce myself in short…Eng Wizzos *(Will Yalabi)* a fully paid up member of BOAF & One of the 10K POL…looking forward to a journey into the enchanted worlds

[1/28, 8:20 PM] Gift Jongi: Good evening ladies and gentlemen my name is Gift Jongi from Zimbabwe l look forward to an exciting journey

Mr. Gift Jongi (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

[1/28, 8:21 PM] mdmawere1: What do you think of the e-boaf platform?

[1/28, 8:22 PM] mdmawere1: [1/28, 7:36 PM] mdmawere1: You are welcome. What do you think of the platform?

[1/28, 7:39 PM] Assan Kadango: Excellent  platform of doing business making transactions

[1/28, 7:43 PM] mdmawere1: Indeed. Will show how it works for money transfers.

[1/28, 8:22 PM] mdmawere1: @⁨Gift⁩ do you agee with @⁨+263 77 121 1136⁩?

[1/28, 8:29 PM] mdmawere1: @⁨*Solar Guru*⁩ you joined on the platform apart from paying your annual fees?

[1/28, 8:43 PM] Gift Jongi: Great initiative it works

[1/28, 8:44 PM] Gift Jongi: The platform is great, fast and a great initiative

[1/28, 8:50 PM] mdmawere1: [1/28, 8:45 PM] Gift Jongi: How much are the fees sir?

[1/28, 8:46 PM] mdmawere1: No fees yet.

[1/28, 8:48 PM] mdmawere1: You will guide us on fees or 0 fees with a rebate structure.

[1/28, 8:49 PM] Gift Jongi: I mean to be a member of Boaf how much is involved

[1/28, 8:49 PM] mdmawere1: R1000 per year

[1/28, 8:51 PM] mdmawere1: [1/28, 8:42 PM] Assan Kadango: Oky Sir .

[1/28, 8:45 PM] mdmawere1: Introduce yourself in the group and share your experiences using the platform you registered on.

[1/28, 8:46 PM] Assan Kadango: Oky Sir.

[1/28, 8:54 PM] Solar Guru – Wizo: It is of importance that we all share the same goals and sentiments and walking the talk…i did not pay to be part of this group, but a very bigger picture ahead i can see, feel and touch a much brighter future ahead of our times and this change begins with me as a leader🤝🏿

[1/28, 8:57 PM] mdmawere1: Great. When we add people to the bank we call it DEPOSITING and remove WITHDRAWAL.





[1/28, 9:05 PM] Solar Guru – Wizo: *“The future is cooked today and imagined in the minds of those who dare, asserts Mr Mawere”*

[1/28, 9:37 PM] Assan Kadango: Hi Team Boaf Leaders I’m Assan Kadango . Ummm proud of platform it is excellent platform of doing  business

[1/28, 11:14 PM] Colletta Madzvamuse: WHAT IS A LEADER?

[1/28, 11:23 PM] Colletta Madzvamuse: To truly understand what a LEADER is, aren’t we supposed to dig into the meaning of the word LEADER and what it means? What is a LEADER and what are their responsibilities? When we all came on this earth, LEADER was a word that was already there and people were already calling themselves LEADERS and perfoming duties under such. Since we didn’t create that word ourselves, isn’t it wise to go back to its original meaning so it can help shape how one can be a LEADER since this word has been perverted along this journey of life for so many years. We all might have what we think a LEADER is. But if our opinions are not based on the original meaning and purpose, we’re going to abuse that word.

[1/28, 11:53 PM] Leslie Mangunda: Dear team,

Thank you for this gathering off the meeting of the minds and bold determined and surgical precise apt acts.

I am Mr. Leslie Mangunda, and to answer @⁨Mutumwa Mawere⁩ I do not have an SA bank account.

[1/29, 12:03 AM] Mathew Matavayi: Greetings to all

[1/29, 12:14 AM] Mathew Matavayi: Mathew Mutavayi is my name and based in Bulawayo Zimbabwe…its is indeed a great honor to be part of this platform.

Mr. Matthew Mutavayi (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Thanks. The issue of leadership in constant in the history of human civilization.

This question was at the core of the declaration of independence in the USA.

Why declare independence and from whom?

To find a possible answer of the link between the king and the declaration of independence, the second sentence of the declaration is instructive.


The above poignant words are important in understanding a departure point on the question of leadership.

The king who was the primary audience of the declaration was supposed to be a leader yet the authors of the document asserted the equality doctrine.

Equality of humans as a doctrine is a rejection of the idea of a leader among humans.


In the context of my book WHEN MINDS MEET, it would follow that in asking the above question, the state of your mind is no longer the mind given to you as a right by the creator but a mind of yours exported into other minds to permit you to use WE when it should be an expression of your mind.

This group exists to provide a battle of ideas – organic – on what is a leader yet in asking the question you already have appointed yourself as one whose mind is bigger than others in this group to substitute their thinking.

What would provoke you to assert what should be done to understand an idea that is a problem on the table?

When one steps up to the table, humility compels the person to be cautious in assuming that his or her worldview should be the dominant one.

This humility will allow one to assert his or her opinion on the question of the day – WHAT IS LEADER without attempting to reduce other sovereign minds to agree or not agree with one’s understanding.

This approach undermines the sovereignty and liberty inherent in the declaration of independence.

What you then stated that WHAT IS A LEADER AND WHAT ARE THEIR REAPONSIBILITIES exposes the human instinct of jumping the gun.

For one to ask two questions in ONE it means a contradiction in the mind is not resolved. 

Assume a leader does not exist and the idea is offensive to the idea of equality of humans, then the question of responsibilities in relation to a nullity would fall away automatically.

Common sense, logic and reason would dictate that each sovereign human being was created and endowed with the same untenable rights.

If equality is accepted as a gift of nature, then it would be absurd to assign responsibilities of any living human being that do not emanate from freedom.

Each person is endowed with life and the currency of life is time.

There exists no time or special time for a so-called leader.

Humans have the same relationship with time but what is different is inherent in the exercise of liberty in its consumption.

Value comes from the use of time to solve a problem.

If the problem at hand is to develop a shared understanding of what a leader is and is not, then it would be counterproductive for anyone to proceed to impose one’s understanding on this idea.

What informed the creation of the group was a simple proposition made in a voluntary WHATSAPP group called ZIMBABWE ECONOMIC FORUM by @⁨HE⁩ that he wished that Mr. Mawere could write a memoir.

This was his wish. He did not explain why he wished so and how this wish could be executed.

Like a dream or an idea, this wish died after expression.

If it was not still born, his actions after making the wish would have been alive through concrete actions.

He did not even bother to brief Mr. Mawere on his idea but he just threw the seed on the ground expecting miracles to follow. 

He could have been put to task to explain why his wish would include Mr. Mawere who has so far failed, refused and neglected to voluntarily write his own memoir with his God time to need this wish to divert his time towards an idea that evidently would be foreign to him. 

It was Mr. Mawere and not the author of the wish @⁨HE⁩ who sought to test the memoir challenge with the wider public as @⁨HE⁩ orphaned his own wish.

@⁨Edmore⁩ was the first one to approach @⁨HE⁩ to inquire into the idea and challenge as well as confirming whether its seed was his.

This is part one of the story to be shared to expose the promise and challenges of the leadership question.

I would urge that you and others respond on this specific case study to avoid delving to polemic arguments based on abstract ideas of what a leader is and is not but on WHOSE IDEA IS THE MEMOIR and what should follow in order to make it a reality.

Ideas hold a better promise in provoking, igniting and inspiring problem solving.

It is common cause that with respect to the facts and circumstances of the use of public power to divest and deprive shareholders of SMM of the right to appoint and remove its directors are common cause and in the public domain for any rational person to burden me with the task of giving up time to write about this historical fact.

Anyone who claims to know me would have to admit that after 19 years of the reality of the use of public power to dismiss SMM directors that was chaired by Dr Mudekunye in 2004, the person was sleeping on the job of active citizenship and even humanity.

Surely, why would be someone be eloquently lazy to find out what happened.

Some have said like @⁨HE⁩ that I should write the memoir of what is already in law.

Does this approach make sense?

As my niece you have sought to ask me whether I consent to the production of memoir as a person.

This idea of yours is pregnant with serious contradictions and hypocrisy.

I would not want personally to be associated with any project that is characterized with hypocrisy.

The use of public power to remove directors like Dr Mudekunye who was the Chairman of SMM at the material time is not in dispute.

You have not sought to establish the facts that he lived so that you can understand why he has chosen to be silent since 2004.

On the contrary you would want to be a so-called leader in asking me what happened when the people in the story are still alive to tell their own versions.

It is not in dispute that the control and management of SMM and related companies was vested in an Administrator appointed not be a court of law but by a Minister of Justice.

You live in the USA and ask anyone there whether they would like to live in the USA if the Attorney General possessed powers to evict you from your house without any due process.

Start by doing the small things than use your time to ask questions on the known or creating nightmares for others like @⁨HE⁩ who expresses his with no intention of supporting it in with any action resulting in him unilaterally and arbitrarily creating a job for me.

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Ramaphosa officially opens SADC Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government



The Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique, was held virtually on 12th April, 2022.

The summit was officially opened and chaired by His Excellency Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The summit was attended by SADC Heads of State and Government, their representatives and members of the Troika of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), Ministers from the SAMIM Personnel Contributing Countries, the SADC Executive Secretary and Head of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).

The progress of SAMIM was noted by the summit, as presented by the Head of the SADC Mission in Mozambique, and commended SAMIM leadership, including men and women on the ground for their sacrifices and commitment to the fight against terrorists acts in some parts of Cabo Delgado Province.

The transition of SAMIM from Scenario 6, (Rapid Deployment Capability) to Scenario 5 (Multidimensional Force), with a robust mandate was approved and the summit commended SAMIM Personnel Contributing Countries for their continued support by pledging capabilities and personnel to enhance the effectiveness of SAMIM operations, and urged Member States to continue supporting the mission.

The summit expressed its appreciation to the African Union (AU) and the International Cooperating Partners (ICP’s) for the support towards stabilization of the security situation as well as the socio-economic recovery and development of Cabo Delgado Province.

Expressing solidarity with the Republics of Botswana, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho and the United Republic of Tanzania for the demise of soldiers serving the Mission, the summit expressed words of comfort for those wounded in action.

The Republics of Zimbabwe and Malawi were commended by the summit for the spirit of solidarity expressed through delivery of the pledged donation of foodstuff in 3 support of Humanitarian assistance to the affected population of Cabo Delgado.

The Head of Mission was directed to coordinate with the Republic of Mozambique on the implementation of the comprehensive Integrated Reconstruction and Development Plan of Cabo Delgado.

The summit acknowledged the expression of gratitude by His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique for SADC’s continued support, collaboration and cooperation towards attainment of sustainable peace and security in the Cabo Delgado Province.

His Excellency Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, was commended for his leadership in steering the work of the Organ in pursuit of lasting peace, security and stability in the SADC region.

Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri and President Cyril Ramaphosa

Speaking after the summit, Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri, a member of Justice Under Rule of Law (JUROL), an initiative of the Banking On Africa’s Future (BOAF), said, “Peace is not simply about the absence of violence. It is defined by the presence of fundamental liberties and the prevalence of economic opportunities. Justice under rule of law is a step towards prevalence of economic opportunities. Absent the rule of law economic development is a mirage and it is the duty of the citizens to ensure that public office bearers who have taken an oath to uphold, promote and defend the constitution of the republic, are held accountable for their conduct.”

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