Critical Lessons from Governor Mwangaza’s Trial
By Eric Simatwa
Many philosophers and thinkers have weighed in on human leadership techniques, from Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power and Machiavelli’s The Prince to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
These lessons were carefully sieved from all sorts of historic human leadership since time immemorial.
In Mwangaza’s context, the adage by novelist C. JoyBell C. seems to fit perfectly: “Choose your battles wisely.”
After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that make you happy; it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look in a better direction.
Life is too short to spend it on war. “Fight only the most important ones; let the rest go.” Here, our bishop-turned-politician, by her presumed philanthropic nature, despite human accusations levelled against her, could genuinely be well-intentioned in her engagements.
But the laws of leadership teach us differently. The earth is not for good but for the smart. Previously, other governors have fallen victim to the MCA’s wrath on one or two counts of disagreement, which is normal except for a lack of tact to manoeuvre these before they find their way to the Senate.
But governor Mwangaza’s case is indeed a peculiar one; the lady has run over everyone and sundry in her political jurisdiction.
She stoned every barking dog along the way to her mission. Senator Agnes’ words of wisdom pointed out the need for the accused governor to play her game above board.
That the absolute displeasure directed against her by nearly all MCAs, whether ill-intentioned or God-instigated, is painting her guilty of misfit, which is a sin in itself.
During his time, Jesus, in his biblical teaching, cautioned us about our “holier than thou” status. He even went ahead to ask the ones without blemish to be the first to throw stones at the condemned prostitute.
Unfortunately, Jesus himself eventually felt a victim of this ordeal, perhaps by God’s design, when the majority asked for the release of Barnabas the robber to the detriment of the saint Jesus.
Arbitrary, it could be true the MCAs are malicious in their accusations against the governor, but remember, none of us is innocent to the law, and our capacity to fit in agreeably or differ respectively with those that matter can either hasten our judgement day or pardon us from it.
In our society, the need to get along with the population is just necessary. For heaven’s sake, it’s God’s ordained plan for it to exist. And if by any chance you desire to influence it, then it’s up to you to find the wisdom to actualize it.
Public proclamation of your goodness does not only breed envy but also sets you up for tests and judgment. Humility is a very essential element of leadership.
The ability to sympathize and empathize with the weak can only take a leader far in stewardship. The governor is suffering from pride and overconfidence in her own power to trample upon every imagined insignificant person.
May these bitterly learned lessons sink deep into the hearts of every leader who aspires to sustain and extend leadership beyond horizons?
To go far, as one person said, an enemy is necessary for inspiration, but courting many enemies at once could galvanize them against us and bring a certain end to our conquest.
Eric Simatwa, Good governance advocate, firstname.lastname@example.org – (By: Eric Simatwa | 0729708256)