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What’s next Matabeleland?

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.

What has long disrupted Matabeleland political progress has often had nothing to do with ZANU PF ingenuity but our collective failure to go all the way in pursuing our goals. For much of Zimbabwean independence, Matabeleland people have falsely believed they too were free; by so doing we condemned ourselves to worse enslavement.

Matabeleland socio-political space retains a small but influential sample of individuals who have secured ZANU PF favours and done well for themselves within the Zimbabwean system; for them Matabele attitudes and not Zimbabwean systems are the problem. In the company of such brothers and sisters who needs enemies?

These individuals remain a valuable asset for Zimbabwean authorities who are keen to give the impression access to opportunity is by nothing but merit and merit only. We may, at long last, be getting it right in that many Matabeles now recognise and accept that Zimbabwean independence has failed to bring independence to Matabeleland. Matabeleland needs to keep moving but that requires the realisation that our future is greater than our past and that our wisdom will not be drawn from a mere recollection of our past but by taking responsibility for our future.

We remain politically shallow because our political parameters continue to be defined by ZANU PF perceptions of what constitutes a good education and good politics. The system has successfully convinced some locals that Matabeles lack motivation to study and attempt to justify the importation, into the region, of skilled yet unsuitable staff. The reality is that the primary concern of ZANU PF’s importation of ethnic Shona staff into the core of Matabeleland is the expansion of Shona influence and not merely filling skills shortage in the region.

The way forward is for Matabeleland to create its systems. If we do not, we will forever be in Harare’s pocket. For a start, let us actively address the imbalance within the education system; the delivery of the education needs to be favourable to Matabeleland children. The delivery has to be redesigned in conformity to the needs of Matabeleland children and not Zimbabwean political systems.

Our focus should be building stronger bridges across the cracks that separate our diverse society which is the reason I have in the past expressed reservations over the restoration of the monarchy. We must guard against the path followed by many African governments who have been in denial of their failure to protect the poor and vulnerable of their human dignity and constraint of capacity for freedom and choice.

The gap between our imagined world and the real world has widened beyond imagination with each passing year of Zimbabwean independence. We need systems that promote equal access to opportunity to every citizen irrespective of their race, ethnicity, social class, and gender among other sociocultural factors. Matabeleland citizens will have to take a leading role in shaping the politics of the region.



2 responses to “What’s next Matabeleland?”

  1. Thank you very much for raisins issues that a few a sacred to raise my only problem is talkers are not doers and doers are not talkers every time I read news 24 or Bulawayo news on line there is too much going on in Zimbabwean side hence our side stacks are very low to deliver the killer punch to the rulers and tell them look fight your battles in your country we don’t need them in Mthwakazi

    possible our leaders are shouting from the bankers and calling to fire but not realising the situation out side.

    active hands on leader ship is required on our side not pen leaders


    • Thank you for your comment but I do not share your view that somehow suggests that those who spend hours analysing and writing about our situation are not active players in the fight against imperialism. I think such a perception is based on unhelpful bias that risks alienating different fighters through a biased perception of what makes a valuable contribution to Mthwakazi’s fight against discrimination and oppression.

      I believe intelligence forms a huge proportion of any war. Information is a key recruitment tool in any battle, which is the reason dictators are always keen to control the outflow and content of information dispersed to the public. Objective intelligence is essential if we are to physically solve our problems; it is vital that people know what is wrong before they start working on physical solutions. Even more important, our children need to understand why and how what we are saying is wrong is indeed wrong if we are to sustain interest in the Mthwakazi movement. Only that sort of information will inspire others (local and foreign) to join and contribute to our struggle for empowerment. We need to learn to understand that people have different gifts and every contribution is as essential as the other.

      What you and others are doing is no more important than what the next person is doing within their abilities. in any case how are we sure that ‘pen leaders’ stop at that level and do not contribute in any other way?


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