"By Terrence Mwedzi\\r\\n\\r\\nThe former president of the Alliance for the People's Agenda (APA) - Dr Nkosana Moyo, once said: \\"Ask yourself: what kind of country you want to live in. What is Zimbabwe that l would like my children to grow up in? Then choose the leaders that you think can bring that about.\\"\\r\\n\\r\\nAs the voting day gets closer and closer, we should not hesitate to ask ourselves such important questions.\\r\\n\\r\\nOn August 23 - Zimbabwe holds a long-awaited general election, and many ordinary Zimbabweans expect their standard of living to improve after this election season. And every registered voter is going to cast their vote.\\r\\n\\r\\nIt is not false that the constitution of Zimbabwe clearly states that every citizen over the age of 18 has the right to vote.\\u00a0But are we going to elect the right leaders to political posts?\\r\\n\\r\\nAs citizens, it's time to remind ourselves that the bulk of our economic problems will not be solved by merely holding the so-called co-ordinated elections next month - and this is a fact. A lot more has to be done.\\r\\n\\r\\nIn truth, the most important thing is what happens after the voting day. August 23 is the day when we can cast our votes only for ourselves, and in a few days we expect to see how the elected leaders will start working with people\\\/for the people, not for their own pockets. In this regard, we expect to see the elected leaders at the front.\\r\\n\\r\\nMoreover - it's no secret that Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and CCC leader Nelson Chamisa are currently the biggest two presidential candidates - who have been followed by the majority of people. Is it now a two-men presidential race? Time will tell.\\r\\n\\r\\nFuthermore-I don't think the MDC-T\\\/MDC-A will not make it this time around after their campaign failed to make inroads. Without any doubt - the MDC is now dead and buried, and its leader Douglas Mwonzora failed even to field candidates in only a few wards. The evidence on the ground proved that MDCT\\\/MDC- A has nothing to offer. Anyway - met the best candidates win.\\r\\n\\r\\nOn the other hand, the current wave of political rallies\\\/campaigns in the country will lead to nothing if the population as a whole believes that political players can\\\/will\\\/must do everything for us - there is nothing like this on this earth - we must work together to improve our future.\\r\\n\\r\\nI would like to point out that anyone can offer a solution - we should not wait for political players to think for us all the time - that belief is very wrong.\\r\\n\\r\\nIn addition, the decisions and behaviour of some political players should be challenged or questioned. Everyone should be responsible for the highest national good. We must ask ourselves this crucial question: are we ready for real change in Zimbabwe?\\r\\n\\r\\nIn truth, the change in the current government or political leaders is not a real change. Real change means development and progress - electing of leaders to a political post is not real change - we must trace the entire political equation and understand it. It's time to think outside the box.\\r\\n\\r\\nBut are Zimbabweans ready for real change?\\u00a0Let's all fight together for real change, not for inclusion on the gravy train.\\r\\n\\r\\nOn the other hand, I noticed that in Zimbabwe we use Western channels (of imposed democracy) to install autocratic leaders. Some of the leaders we call Democrats - are no longer real Democrats. What kind of democracy do we use in Zimbabwe?\\r\\n\\r\\nWhat kind of democracy we would like to see in Zimbabwe? Some parties do not have even party structures, but their leaders claim that they are more democratic?\\r\\n\\r\\nWhat's happening? Who is fooling whom? Are we real Democrats as Zimbabweans?\\r\\n\\r\\nDo we really know what we want? Do we know what democracy really means? We must introduce our own democracy (Zimbabwean democracy), which suits us - the so-called imposed Western democracy has caused many political splits in political circles and damaged moral foundations- and social circles should not suffer.\\r\\n\\r\\nAutocratic mentality and Western democracy would rather not unite us than divide us.\\r\\n\\r\\nTo be honest - true leadership should be determined not by \\"faith\\", but by constitutionalism - we should not run away from our constitutions - and our leaders should have legal and sober economic advisers, not hero worshippers. A country full of hero worshippers - we will always sink to the ground.\\r\\n\\r\\nYes- we always need to deal with the ugly truth - not beat around the bush.\\r\\n\\r\\nZimbabwe is our nation, and it needs serious attention.\\u00a0Similarly - we must move from a policy of simple slogans to a policy of national development.\\r\\n\\r\\nPolitics without development turned out to be useless - if not worthless. Politics should change the plight of people.\\r\\n\\r\\nAt this stage, we need unification, not separation. Senseless disagreements will not lead us anywhere - no nation can be built when its people are divided. Barbaric disagreements generate countless failures.\\r\\n\\r\\nOur politics must be mature - we are no longer in the Stone Age politics where we only respond to mere political slogans.\\r\\n\\r\\nIn the same vein, I am one of those people who believe in the leadership of honest servants, which is why I most admired Dr Nkosana Moyo and his political party APA. Unfortunately, he retired from frontline politics.\\r\\n\\r\\nNevertheless, I like his good character, but unfortunately, in our politics charisma is more important than character, and Dr. Nkosana Moyo is a model of competence, and it will be difficult to erase his political traces in the political corridors. He is more than a politician - personally, I have learned a lot from him.\\r\\n\\r\\nWhat would this world be like if we had more leaders like him?\\r\\n\\r\\nHonesty and leadership are the right way to go because you can lead with empathy, actively listen and provide support to help others succeed by creating a supportive and inclusive environment. We need Zimbabwe to develop - that's all I want. This is my burning desire.\\r\\n\\r\\nLet's hold our elections peacefully and show the whole world that we are peace-loving citizens. Let's all completely renounce political violence - no one should be killed, or harassed because of their political beliefs - also there should be a place for opposing opinions.\\r\\n\\r\\nGood luck Zimbabwe. Time To Vote For The Leaders That You Deserve\\r\\n\\r\\n<em>Terrence Mwedzi is an international award-winning Zimbabwean poet currently residing in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. 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