Of Matabeleland’s consenting slaves

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

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Matabeleland, what’s next?

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.New beginnings Continue reading

If that Chronicle cartoon is no bother what is?

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

Matabeles must vigorously confront stereotypes

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

Why Gukurahundi should not be forgotten

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.

Margaret Bourke-White / Time Life / Getty Holocaust survivors stand behind a barbed wire fence at the Buchenwald concentration camp shortly after being liberated by American forces

Margaret Bourke-White / Time Life / Getty
Holocaust survivors stand behind a barbed wire fence at the Buchenwald concentration camp shortly after being liberated by American forces

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