Gukurahundi illustrates the consequences of unchecked power, prejudice, tribalism and stereotypes; for Matabeleland, it calls out for political reforms and points at the need for confronting political indifference and inaction. Matabeleland has to concede that silence as a negotiation tool has not only failed to chip away at the overbearing authority of Harare but has not empowered the region and its people. Continue reading
Lest we be misinterpreted by enemies of progress, I state henceforth that our growing rejection of the Zimbabwean political regime is not inspired by the aspiration to exclude ethnic Shona citizens from Matabeleland society but the recognition of the fallibility of ethnic discrimination and an even stronger desire to create and establish a kind of politics that is inclusive of every race, ethnicity and every community in our midst. Continue reading
When it comes to political indiscipline, we have learned from the best in the business; shambolic politics and nonchalance is a race to the bottom; Zimbabwe has just but fallen off its wheels; the country is right at the foot of every socioeconomic indicator. ZANU PF attempts at building one nation by crushing minority ethnic groups has successfully widened socio-political cracks, widened the gap between the elite and the poor and successfully rid society of the middle class. Continue reading
Violence has largely failed to address political conflict but it remains glamorous to many because it has tangible strategies and weapons while its advocates are seen as ‘realists’ or ‘pragmatic’. On the other hand, scepticism has continued to cloud the positive impact of nonviolence despite objective evidence pointing to it being more efficient and effective than its opposite. Continue reading
Hiroshima (1945), Auschwitz (05/1940 – 01/1945), Gukurahundi genocide (January 1983 – April 1984), Halabja chemical attack (1988) and the Rwanda genocide (04 – 06/1994) among other catastrophic examples save as tragic reminders of the boundless human potential for violence and inhumane conduct. Matabeleland must not shy away from fighting for its freedom and liberty for this and future generations. However, we need to fight smart; avoid misplaced calls for violent political campaigns.
For the many great historical Mthwakazi figures, including king Mzilikazi the founder of the Mthwakazi nation, the first hurdle to overcome was themselves; self-discipline came first. We cannot deny that self-discipline, a by-product of self-respect, is crucial for today’s Matabeles’ dreams to translate into reality. Continue reading