The MTHWAKAZI INDEPENDENT is a private blog with core interest in Mthwakazi politics and development. In line with our belief that literacy is the best way of narrowing the gap between our people’s dreams and achievement, we publish high quality articles that aim to inform the Mthwakazi electorate and students on both historical and current economic, political and policy issues of relevance to the region.

In collaboration with contacts at home and abroad, we aim to bring to the fore pertinent social, political and economic policy issues that deliberately or inadvertently disadvantage Mthwakazi; it is our aim to highlight injustice and exploitation of Mthwakazi people within the modern state of Zimbabwe.

Central to our activities is the protection of human rights, liberties and freedoms of all Mthwakazi nationals; in that respect we challenge all retrogressive policies that threaten or continue to retard the development and empowerment of our society. We offer objective analyses of the socioeconomic and political damage of Zimbabwean systems and policies in Mthwakazi.

The website identifies Zimbabwean state systems and institutions as tribal and highlights the negative effects of these systems and institutions to Mthwakazi and its people. Crucially, we do not want to create a victim mentality among Mthwakazi people; in its characteristic progressive approach, the website advances alternative progressive political systems, institutions and policies that we believe better address Mthwakazi’s needs.

While we are confident in our ability to inform and educate the public, we are not arrogant to believe we are the only source; just as some of our ideas have grown as responses or critiques of contributions by others, we believe from our contributions will be birthed more ideas, thus we are only one of many sources of information. We strongly encourage readers to visit other like-minded websites to broaden their scope of knowledge and understanding of Mthwakazi issues.

Separating emotions from facts can be difficult; we seek to maintain a high level of objectivity in our research for and presentation of articles. In our desire to protect the Mthwakazi nation, we do not intend to be a mouthpiece of any organised political movement in Mthwakazi; by extension, we are not aligned to any political organisation, but will scrutinise every organisation’s policies and conduct as best as we can for the public benefit.

Readers’ participation

Reader involvement is integral to our growth, improvement and development. We are not the conclusion to the Mthwakazi debate but the beginning, thus the platform is open for our valuable readers to contribute towards the enrichment of knowledge and participation in debates via the comments section of articles (where applicable) or click here to follow us on Facebook.

We appreciate that some topics will be controversial, evoke emotions and heated debate, but tolerance is key, at times we may have to agree to disagree. For the credibility of the website and discussions, we urge all contributors to exercise self-restraint, remain objective and use credible sources/ references.

Maintaining website integrity

As a website, we take our responsibilities to our readers serious; all our articles are vetted for quality and against undue bias. We urge all contributors to behave responsibly. Unethical conduct will not be tolerated. Contributors are reminded of their responsibility to uphold high standards of behaviour all the time while engaging on this site. As a site, we reserve the right to remove and/ or report contributors who engage in discriminatory or abusive or threatening language, falsification of information, misinformation, disinformation, deception, infringement of copyright rules and breach of data protection laws and making unsubstantiated claims against individuals and/ or organisations. It is also important that ALL contributors desist from discussing cases that are before the courts of law.