Matabeleland: Is vote boycott best participation?

Matabeleland has suffered despicable human rights abuses under the ZANU PF regime. We have been delegitimised to such an extent that some of our people are increasingly willing to lose their right to vote rather than be associated with Zimbabwean systems.

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Re-asserting Mthwakazi political authority

Functional and competent political systems do not come by accident but conscientious planning. We must choose our counsel and companions wisely; let us not, out of desperation, seek the counsel of fools.

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Mthwakazi in Zimbabwe elections

The reservations of some pro-Mthwakazi parties over the benefits of participating in elections can best be understood from the fact Zimbabwe has been conducting elections since 1980 yet it is still not democratic. During the same period, Matabeles have been participating in elections but they are no less oppressed today than they were during the colonial regime.

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Trashing ZAPU and its leadership leaves the real criminals free

Political prudence comes in appreciating that the right thing to do and the hard thing to do are often the same. What is right for our politics is to build trust and confidence, and that would require that we take accountability more serious. We therefore welcome a critique of ZAPU’s ideological position and its impact in Matabeleland by leading pro-Mthwakazi members.

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One challenge, multiple solutions

No one denies the complexity of our political situation, but that cannot be allowed to overwhelm us. We must, without losing the material value of the situation, simplify it sufficiently enough for the public to appreciate where Mthwakazi stands politically. Only when we start to appreciate the complexity of Mthwakazi’s challenge, will we understand there can never be one solution.

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Consistency crucial if Mthwakazi brand is to succeed

It will not be what we do once in a while that will shape our politics. Rather, it is what we do consistently. Political parties must build a culture of consistency into their system and learn to ignore interesting but trivial sideshows that are inconsistent with their priorities.

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Mthwakazi needs political coalitions

Millions of Mthwakazi citizens are literally desperate for a political movement that truly challenges the status quo and its political damage in Mthwakazi. But, for the fear of being called tribalists, many openly opposed to ZANU PF tyrannical actions in Mthwakazi have tended to stay away from robust progressive Mthwakazi empowerment movements opting to conspire with the enemy and shelter in the false opposition politics offered by the MDC formations.

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