A politician is called a “civil servant” because politics is about serving the community. Servant-leadership must be at the core of the philosophy of any person in public office
Having seen life in both pre- and post-independence Zimbabwe, James understood the difficulties ordinary Zimbabweans were having in taking full advantage of their new social and political freedom. When James moved to Bindura, during his business partnership with General Solomon Mujuru, the retired commander of the Zimbabwe National Army he involved himself in addressing the civic needs of the 60 000 residents of that town. He was elected to the Bindura Council and was later elected to the position of Town Board Chairman (akin to a mayor). He was then elected ZANU-PF Provincial Chairman for Mashonaland Central Province and later Member of Parliament for Mount Darwin constituency in 1995. He was also one of the businessmen who travelled internationally with President Robert Mugabe to promote investment in Zimbabwe. He resigned from public life to pursue his career as a government relations consultant for Lonrho Plc.