Category: Gukurahundi

  • Drawing Matabeleland battle lines

    Drawing Matabeleland battle lines means doing our fallen heroes and heroines (grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters and the unborn babies mercilessly butchered) proud; we shall not to allow the Zimbabwean state dominion over Matabeleland and not watch a repeat of the horrors of the Gukurahundi inhuman acts of undeterred violence.

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  • What exactly is being celebrated via the Unity Day?

    Zimbabweans have a constitutional right to celebrate the Unity Day every 22nd of December if they so wish, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation of the 1980s Matabeleland victims of the State sanctioned Gukurahundi atrocities.

  • Zimbabwe independence costs

    With a high degree of confidence, my verdict on Zimbabwe’s post-independence operational processes is that they have created more suffering, deeper socioeconomic disparities and have claimed more political victims than the Smith regime would ever have dreamed of. The so-called independence is now a pantomime; of sovereign African states, we are certainly in an exclusive […]

  • Something needs to change in Matabeleland

    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, […]

  • What lessons has Matabeleland taken from the Gukurahundi atrocities?

    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 […]

  • The Gukurahundi deception cannot go unchallenged

    Anyone still entertaining the idea of a link between Gukurahundi atrocities and the alleged presence of dissidents in Matabeleland while at the same time buying into the explanation that the 5th Brigade executions of unarmed Ndebele people were a ‘moment of madness’ will have to express that conviction at the nearest available psychiatric institution.

  • Ignorance linked to Gukurahundi Non-action

    It would be the height of self-deception to claim surprise that in a Zimbabwe born out of ethnic discrimination, ethnic discrimination remains at the centre of the country’s political systems and institutions. Gukurahundi was a manifestation of that horrid political philosophy. 

  • Zimbabwe’s independence just a fudge!

    At independence the challenge for the black majority government was not whether it could govern the country but rather how well it could govern the country. We wanted to be an independent state, a state that could increase access to opportunities for its citizens, a state that could run its own affairs; this remains our […]

  • Matabeleland not a cradle for ethnic discrimination

    To most people in Matabeleland (Mthwakazi) the experience of Zimbabwean independence has been anything but independence; we have first-hand experience of the segregation of people along ethnic grounds; discriminating against languages people speak and/ or race has become a significant part of ZANU PF facilitated Mashonaland freedom. It is a disgrace that 36 years into […]

  • Why Gukurahundi should not be forgotten

    The history that has crept its way into the minds and hearts of many Zimbabweans and continues to shape present-day Zimbabwe while threatening the existence of Matabeleland as a separate socio-political entity must not be encouraged any longer; the past told in lounges and kitchens of Matabeleland is the pillar that should not only confront […]