As Harare burns, Matabeleland finds herself at political crossroads. We are faced with a difficult task of deciding how to behave as Mashonaland protests against the uninterrupted 36-year rule of Robert Mugabe. The question we wrestle with is: How do we engage without damaging – but emphasising – that which matters the most to us? Continue reading
The recent attack on Zimbabwean police officers which left one officer with minor injuries during a football match at Barbourfields Stadium sums up the fundamental failures of the ZANU PF-led independent Zimbabwe’s governance. The incident is a manifestation of the failure to facilitate a truly one nation, and even more worrying the failure to create systems and structures in which all have confidence. Continue reading
We need to move from the restrictive current existence and into the totality of possibilities. For that to happen, our political focus has to change. Instead of advancing a political project focussing on those elements that are barriers, a new politics focussing on scaling the obstacles should give birth now. We want objectivity not carelessness to be the pillar of our political future. Right from the word go, we denounce all forms of discrimination; we constructively deny it place.
Just as we thought we had been freed from Ian Smith’s racist government and institutions tribalism took over the space. We were butchered – for nothing but being different – by those with whom we had suffered and fought racism together for decades. As Matabeleland, we continue to be suffocated under the blanket of tribalism, discrimination and perpetual disempowerment. Continue reading
One constant and perhaps most significant lesson Matabeleland has taken from the Gukurahundi experience is that we have learnt precious little from it. We are still slaves to fear. Understandably, many of us are still seething with anger in response to ZANU PF inflicted atrocities in the region hence most, certainly not all, of our political ideals are driven by emotions than reason. Continue reading