By own correspondent
Bulawayo- South legislator Eddie Cross has announced that he will not be contesting in this year’s general elections adding that he has served his two terms and is now paving way for the younger generation.
The decision by Honourable Cross comes at a time when the country is drowned by talk of the generational consensus mantra which is being inspired by the appointment of the youthful Nelson Chamisa as MDC-T leader and MDC Alliance Presidential candidate following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai.
“As the older generation, we need to get out of the way. What we can offer the younger generation is experience but our experience has been disastrous,” said Cross.
Speaking to Openparly today Hon Cross added that he has left a balanced team in Bulawayo South and will hand over to young people.
“I have a great team in Bulawayo South and will hand over to a balanced team – two women and two men, one of whom is under 35 years old.”
The decision to retire by Honourable Cross has however been met with positive reactions by social media users who feel he has set himself apart by practising succession politics, paving way for other after two terms.
Honourable Cross’s absence from Parliament will surely be visible as he has been a consistent and punctual attendee in the House, who unlike many sat throughout sessions and also raised progressive motions and contributed meaningfully to most debates
Cross’s absence from the Bulawayo South Constituency will come as good news for controversial activist and aspiring independent candidate Vimbai Musvaburi to up her campaign strategy in trying to win the Parliamentary seat.
Musvaburi has been vocal about the need for Honourable Cross to step down due to old age and it is now left to her to utilize the opportunity.