Schooling must promote and not interfere with children’s learning

Every successful society has a good education system backing it, and that is no coincidence; there is overwhelming evidence suggesting education in Africa is fact obsessed over kindling imagination and that has serious impact on invention. Discovery is a by-product of imagination not fact storing. We need a cultural shift and investment in a system of education that unlocks children’s imaginative minds, is not intimidated by independent thinkers and does not view individuals not submissive to it as a threat.  

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Working towards an effective welfare system

The recklessness that epitomises Zimbabwean government today will take generations to undo. We have an impulsive society that lives only for today, leaders who plunder resources for personal and today’s pleasures with no regard for broader society and leaving precious little or no savings for the future generations. Matabeleland needs to break free of this scandal.

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Why election boycott is a weak tool

Raising questions of the credibility of the election institutions in Zimbabwe has become part and parcel of the election process. The electoral process is seriously flawed and no one has shown serious intention to fix the situation which is no wonder some Matabeleland movements are now convinced boycotting elections is our strongest tool.

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Social protection in Mthwakazi

Until the last Mthwakazi citizen has access to clean water, decent accommodation, clothes, literacy, affordable healthcare, sufficient and ongoing steady state support to protect them from hunger, malnutrition and poverty, we cannot consider ourselves a just society, let alone free. There is a growing sense in Mthwakazi that the ZANU PF led government has not found the right balance in the distribution of economic and political power, we see an ongoing febrile political climate – protests and regrettable instances of use of tribally inflammatory language.

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Partisanship diminishes the Matabeleland movement

Fanatics at the core of the Matabeleland (Mthwakazi) politics are becoming burdensome and detrimental to the social and political capital growth of the Matabeleland movement. Different groups that collectively form the Matabeleland movement political space have grown exceptionally polarised, a scenario that generates a rapid race to becoming a dysfunctional movement.  

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Identity is an important factor in building Matabeleland

To recreate communities and heal Matabeleland society, all citizens must be given a sense of belonging. Three things will form the bedrock of Matabeleland (Mthwakazi) society — multi-nationality, freedom of expression and rule of law. It must be appreciated by all who call Matabeleland home that if any one of these things is lost, you do not have Matabeleland.

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Diversionary tactics in Matabeleland politics

Diversionary tactics are as old as politics itself but a rapidly growing phenomenon within the Matabeleland/ Mthwakazi political space. In this manipulation strategy Noam Chomsky aptly describes as: “Keep the adult public attention diverted away from the real social issues, and captivated by matters of no real importance”, delicate, deliberate and at times desperate manoeuvres are orchestrated with the sole purpose of detracting the public from real issues on the ground.

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How does the Mthwakazi movement build political capital?

Building political capital is central to framing the Mthwakazi/ Matabeleland movement influencing and shaping the local political landscape. Great movements do not only exude talent but have exceptional ability to attract followers; they do not only convince, they motivate the public to act in ways they would otherwise not act. The movement needs to take us not where we want to go but where we need to be.

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Federal Matabeleland requires decentralisation for good local governance

Creative politics is required so cultural differences in Mthwakazi/ Matabeleland do not become a source of division but a valuable base for social enrichment. Prejudice against other people is the one factor turning humans against each other; political opportunism appropriates differences, creates privileges for some population groups over others and implants perceptions of supremacy and entitlement in some humans. The Mthwakazi goal is of identity federalism in which our culturally diverse people will be treated different but equal.

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Counter injustice is no form of justice

Voicing our concerns about a vengeance based political doctrine and advocating against retaliatory strategies should not be misconstrued for cowardice; we are not cowards for not having faith in emotionally charged strategies that target specific population groups for abuse, and attempt to create a moral code that celebrates hatred against other humans. An ethnic Shona dominated government committed crimes against Matabeles but mob justice is neither safe nor just. Violent movements attract mobsters and firebrands who enjoy the mayhem with little interest in genuine justice, and forming democratic systems and institutions is never in their agenda.

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