ONCE AND FOR ALL, NO TO TRIBALISM MTHWAKAZI

As the pro-Mthwakazi agenda enters its new season, we need to redefine how we fight our battles. We must to accept now that dictating ‘solutions’ to people has not worked. The reason is most probable that we are ‘solving’ problems that are essentially of politicians’ imagination and not what the public identifies as their problems. Worse still, we are employing exclusionary tactics that are leaving our society more vulnerable to fragility and conflict. Continue reading

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WHAT MATABELELAND LEARNED FROM ZIMBABWEAN ELECTIONS (30/07/2018)

We have learnt precious little from the latest election process in Zimbabwe. Contrary to popular belief, elections have not weakened ZANU PF, they have given it the opportunity to ‘legally’ shore up its grip on power. As has become the norm, allegations of widespread electoral manipulation dominate the post-election news. The political and voter apathy goes on in Matabeleland. There is no genuine threat to the status quo, the two major political parties dominated the political landscape of the country: the ruling party dominated the rural vote and the opposition was dominant in urban centres. Matabeleland North remains strongly anti-regime and pro-opposition while Matabeleland South and the Midlands have once again overwhelmingly voted for the retention of the status quo. There is no demonstrable influence of the pro-Matabeleland agenda to the election outcome. Continue reading

WHY THE ARMED FORCES MUST NOT BE ROUTINELY ASKED TO DO POLICE WORK

The violent post-election clashes witnessed on Wednesday 01/08/2018 in Zimbabwe in which six civilians needlessly lost their lives when the Army opened fire on protesters in Harare do not only show the immaturity of the MDC leadership and insensitivity of ZANU PF but also remind us of the importance of keeping the armed forces in their barracks for as long as possible and allow our police/ peace forces to protect and serve the public in cases of civil disobedience. Continue reading

BAD-TEMPERED COMPETITION HINDERS THE MTHWAKAZI MOVEMENT

By the looks of it, the Mthwakazi movement’s strongest opponent turns out not to be the Zimbabwean politics but the time we waste on infighting, lack of innovation, lack of will to learn from mistakes and our past, the internal connections we fail to build, and finally, the apathy created by a disheartening, tired and uncoordinated political approach. Continue reading

MTHWAKAZI POLITICS: GOING BACK FROM A WRONG TURN IS PROGRESS

Our politics cannot base itself on the law of the jungle, and the unilateral and indiscriminate abuse of citizens based on tribe is the law of the jungle. There are men and women of principle across the socio-political divide, but we are yet to see a party of principle. At present we are witnesses to unacceptable excesses right across the political spectrum because political parties have failed to set themselves minimum standards or codes of acceptable behaviour. Continue reading

IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN MORE FORMAL EDUCATION AND BETTER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP?

Holistic systemic and institutional change in Zimbabwe is now the only avenue to future progressive politics that can deliver genuine socioeconomic and political inclusivity. An informed person specification will be crucial in how we identify a pool of leaders to carry out our mandate. Continue reading

POLITICAL INTEGRITY AND NOT SHORTCUTS WILL MOVE US AHEAD

If pro-Mthwakazi groups are true to their word that they have a problem with the Zimbabwean politics, they should be sharply deviating from Zimbabwean political norms founded on tribalism. Our primary goal is political and economic safety and security for all, and our experience of Zimbabwean politics has taught us that tribalism is contraindicated in that. Continue reading