There is somewhat an element of infantile politicking in the presumption that persistent complaining can help a society deal with a tyrant. Matabeleland cannot rely on complaining as a strategy; bawling is the way infants express their disaffection, anger, dissatisfaction etc while the solution is dependent on the pity of a responsible adult. We are not infants; we should not be appealing for the pity of anyone, including Harare. Matabeleland society has it within itself to find solutions to the problems afflicting the region.
Complaining is fast becoming Matabeleland’s strongest weakness. What Matabeleland should have learnt from a politics of complaining by now is that complaining is unsustainable, it is energy sapping; it does little to ruffle committed tyrants; it changes nothing; it adds no value to socioeconomic and political circumstances of the victims. Given it maybe important some of the time for our socio-political organisations to complain about things that are not going right, there is a danger in turning complaining alone into a strategy; it eventually frustrates the people for whom the complainer purports to be complaining on behalf.
Matabeleland political and civic society needs to stop searching for solutions from everyone and everywhere but start looking within itself for solutions. The presence of obstacles is not reason to sit down and whine but motivation to work harder. The fact that the tribally inclined Zimbabwean State deliberately obstructs the progress of Matabeleland citizens within public institutions is no reason not to plan, fund and support development of our local social, economic and political infrastructure. Harare must not be allowed the freedom to define the limits of Matabeleland’s development.
Opportunity abandons any society or community that spends a greater part of its life complaining about its circumstances instead of finding solutions for its problems. If organisations cannot win the confidence of local communities what makes them think they can influence the World? Charity begins at home; we need to build political conviction, capital and confidence in our backyard. We are failing to fundraise for local projects but think we can influence the government of Zimbabwe to alter its view of Matabeleland people.
Matabeleland’s solution lies in its people committing to practical economic and human input to sustain local socio-political groups. A disturbing development is the mushrooming of socio-political organisations that have turned into discreditable talk shows making loud but empty declarations. If we are not prepared to do the basics right, Matabeleland will remain a hub of bawlers, no more.
I do not wish to turn this blog into another complaint about complaints; it has to be noted that there are already organisations and individuals providing a variety of practical support services to empower our people yet we show little enthusiasm in providing the essential steady flow of reliable financial support. When it comes to financing projects we seem to think that is someone else’s responsibility. Domestic funding is essential for the advancement of Matabeleland interests. Matabeleland citizens have to be the primary source of income for Matabeleland socio-political organisations if Matabeleland is to take charge of its destiny.
The majority of Matabeleland is awake to the political fraud that is the 1980 Zimbabwean independence but people have long developed this sickening ineffectual tactic of staying away from practical solutions. None action is a race to the bottom; it is a disastrous political stance. I believe the greatest responsibility of each one of us is using our freedom of creativity to solve problems instead of perpetually complaining about and to a government that will not listen. Planning, money and human resources to keep the already existing locally beneficial projects afloat are more relevant at this point than the formation of talk shows that are quite simply avoidance programmes.