The election eve period is a tense season for a lot of Zimbabweans either in the country or in the diaspora. In the past a lot of bad things would happen; violence, disappearances of people, killings, burning of houses huts and other properties.
What did we learn from the past? We all know state machinery and just anger and loyalty zeal from supporters of various parties we the primary causes of all the hurt and bad things we faced. In this moment we are in as a nation, the incumbent president and the opposition parties are all calling for a violent free election.
Calls for a non-violent approach to politics are a good development, surely there is change as noticed by the free flow of opposition parties. However, we should just be vigilant as a people. What should you do to be safe?
Besides how to handle yourself, the elections season also bring business opportunities.
Speak with grace
This one is important. Notice Paul’s command: “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:5-6). We are to always have gracious speech. Yes, even during a political discussion. If we don’t agree on something it doesn’t mean we have to raise a voice or be disrespectful to the other person.
Likewise, Christians are to “speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:2). If you cannot discuss politics without speaking evil of one of the candidates, being gentle, avoiding a quarrel, or showing courtesy to all; then maybe you ought to abstain from political discussion.
We are a respectful people as a nation and it surely starts from the ground, from the streets. Even political leaders they don’t fight or speak evil of each other. Then why you?
Do not priorities politics
The book of Hebrews has great reminders that this world is not our home (Hebrews 11:13-16; 13:14), but do we believe them? If this world is not our home, why do we bitterly fight tooth and nail to elect the leader who best suits our undeniably biased frame of reference? Why are we so often willing to sling mud with the rest of the world when it’s an election year? Of course your voice counts but it can be heard by casting your vote on July 30. You should have other things to do in life. Politicians can only change or give you a good platform to live or to do business when they are in government. You will have to do the rest, so it’s good to build yourself and only wait for the political environment to make it better for you and your future.
Avoid business risks
Presidential elections bring heated emotions especially when it comes to protecting your financial investments. As a business person you may be having sleepless nights on the future of your business or stagnancy of your market prior and after elections. It may come as a surprise that they usually don’t have a large impact on financial markets. When they do, it ordinarily comes in the form of short-term instability. Some businesses, for example, insurance and transport, they thrive during this period. If your area is volatile stick to an appropriate long-term asset portion and minimize your investment costs.
Evaluate politicians you are going to work with
A successful election sales plan starts with increasing strong relationships. Avoid working with a candidate for the sake of getting into the political world. Work with a politician to make money during this period. For example, transport business of transporting VIPs during campaigns, catering for a party, security etc. so many business opportunities for you this winter folks.
As an alternative, find and work with a candidate who you believe in. If you are inspired by their stand, they will feel comfortable working with you. If they are fruitful, you have formed the basis for the relationship.
Party regalia and events management business
T-shirts, caps and hats are the perfect promotional product for political campaigns. They can move around and generate more impressions. You can also print bumper stickers since they are mobile. You don’t have to acquire a licence or have an agreement with the party to print. It is a business opportunity that expires in two months and these parties you print for will be happy to have more people wearing their regalia. When voters see a supporter in a campaign t-shirt, it creates a personal association with whomever is wearing the t-shirt.
Take a break
If a conversation is getting intense, and you are upset it may be cherished to give yourself time to cool off. Humbly let the other person know that you value your relationship with them and therefore would like to take a break from the political dialogue.
Let’s all pray for a violent free and decisive election in Zimbabwe!
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro