The last four weeks have been some of the most eventful four weeks in the football world ever: Real Madrid and Barcelona were both booted out of the Champions league by the German giants, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich; Manchester United won the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson (biggest shocker of the year) announced he is retiring at the end of the season, Scholes decided to follow Sir Alex and, not wanting to be outdone, David Beckham also announced his retirement. It has, indeed, been a year of retirements, the Pope also hung his robes earlier this year citing old age. As a Manchester United supporter I will miss Sir Alex Ferguson, and the way he chewed his ever-present chewing gums. I will also miss the rants, the interviews and the childish glee with which he greeted every goal.
Paul Scholes, after seeing his mentor go decided to retire again, after doing so in 2011 before coming back. This “reretirement” seems to be permanent though. He was joined by his former teammate David Beckham who announced his retirement on Friday. Finally dear old Becks can market and sell underwear full time.
Pope Benedict is another comrade who felt the weight of his clerical robes could no longer be supported by his aging bones and he left his job.
Unfortunately the retirement syndrome is yet to come down here, as I have yet to hear about any of our comrades in government who have decided to leave their offices because of age or, more reasonably, incompetence.
The closest we had is Professor Reginald Austin, the former head of Zimbabwe’s Human Rights Commission, who quit his job because, according to him, the political and economic environment made it difficult for him to do his job properly.
Professor Reginald Austin must share his wisdom with all the other comrades in our country who are finding it difficult to effectively do their duties because of physical, economic, spiritual or political circumstances.
If he does, and they listen, we may have to elect a new government altogether, new councilors new managers and even headmasters. Few Zimbabweans are really doing their jobs nowadays.
What I’ve learnt from these gentlemen, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Prof Austin and the former Bishop of Rome is that they all realised that they were not bigger than the institutions they led or represented, and that responsibilities, no matter how huge, can be handled equally well by other people.
May the winds of common sense, good leadership and resignation blow our way.
It won’t be such a bad thing.
The resignation season must not pass us by.