Slaves who think they are free condemn themselves and generations to come to a whole life of enslavement. Our Matabele brothers who feel free, satisfied and equal within Zimbabwean systems are free to feel so but they should stop their pathetic attempts at sharing their complacency with the rest of the ordinary Matabele citizens who feel the brunt of ZANU PF orchestrated oppression. Continue reading
A truly new start begins from within even though it may be triggered by external stimuli. Our worries for the future should not stop at the worrying stage, they should transform into planning for the future we want. Being in the right direction is not everything in itself; for we may be on the right track but we risk getting run over if we just sit there. Continue reading
That Chronicle cartoon was no less of a bother than the views generated from it. True to the letter, it is not often what we are looking at but what we see in an image that matters. Views raised in a recent Facebook debate on the Chronicle cartoon are testimony to that. The following unedited (for confidentiality reasons, full names have been substituted by initials and in brackets is English translation of Ndebele phrases) exchanges taken from Facebook will form the basis of this article: Continue reading
Zimbabwe’s independence has presided over the construction of barriers to openness and the creation of a social structure epitomised by a dangerous unconscious or conscious investment in the perceived superiority of ethnic Shona people while ethnic Ndebeles are subjectively seen as comparatively inferior. It is no wonder that the Matabeleland/ Mashonaland union has remained tenuous at best, not helped by the continued judgement of Matabeleland through the prism of Mashonaland stereotypes as evidenced by the latest cartoon from one of the state controlled newspapers. Continue reading
The history that has crept its way into the minds and hearts of many Zimbabweans and continues to shape present-day Zimbabwe while threatening the existence of Matabeleland as a separate socio-political entity must not be encouraged any longer; the past told in lounges and kitchens of Matabeleland is the pillar that should not only confront the Zimbabwean formalised fiction but also empower Matabeleland.