Category: Decentralisation

  • How Mthwakazi suffocates in Zimbabwe’s politics of resource allocation

    In an ideal world public sector intervention in economic activity is primarily motivated by the desire for efficient allocation of resources, equal wealth distribution and stabilisation of economic activity in a country. However, in the independent Zimbabwe evidence suggests that ulterior political interests have been the main determinant in deciding the allocation of resources in […]

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  • Mashonaland, not Matabeleland, must change attitude

    It is disconcerting and disgusting to hear ‘independent’ political analysts trying to shift entire blame to Matabeleland people for the tribal disharmony in Zimbabwe. These groups or individuals seek political relevance through a failed attempt to mask actions of a clearly tribalist and offensive political system created by ZANU tribalists and backed by most in […]

  • Tsvangirai’s attempts to ‘destroy’ ethnic identification is political futility

    The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC Alliance is nowhere near a solution for Mthwakazi’s political problems; it is another organised deceit, a repugnant, filthy and grossly hypocritical institution whose only focus is replacing ZANU PF in government; the alliance is nothing but a continuation of a dictatorial political regime that exclusively protects the majority ethnic Shona population […]

  • The Southern Powerhouse – let’s talk funding

    We have talked the talk, now it is time to walk the walk. Planning to empower Matabeleland is not empowerment; setting deadline after deadline for action is not empowerment neither is renaming our dreams nor is articulating to our people what we are doing to empower the region. Empowerment is quite simply that, empowerment.

  • It’s reform or burst for Zimbabwe

    We are tired of the Zimbabwean journey of segregation; whether built on racial or tribal bricks, barriers to access to opportunity remain barriers. Abuse is abuse whether committed by Harare or Salisbury. Tribalism is not better than racism; being segregated by a black Zimbabwean government on the basis of one’s ethnicity is no lesser evil […]

  • Political reform Matabeleland’s only hope

    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 […]

  • A Matabeleland political guide of how not to be Zimbabwe

    We are witnesses of the 35 years of Zimbabwe’s tyranny, brutality and abuse of territorial and political independence. Matabeleland is further from independence today than it was before 1980. To be free is not merely a reference to being rid of chains but having the freedom to be ourselves and freely enhancing the freedoms of […]

  • The Matabeleland I aspire to

    My starting point is to proudly reiterate the fact that Mthwakazi is a diverse socio-cultural space. For that reason we must not aspire to political systems that seek to build a singular national identity; the only progressive political system and one we should all aspire to will be one that recognises, accepts, respects, celebrates diversity […]

  • Mthwakazi politics should be built on principles

    The politics of Matabeleland needs to shift from a position that sees us continually making apologies for Harare’s impact in Matabeleland to one seeking solutions to problems for which Harare is central. Our aim should be the preservation of our dignity now and for generations to come; that calls for a disciplined stance on matters […]

  • Silence does Matabeleland no favours

    It is no secret that if we fail to stand up and publicize the plight of Matabeleland now, the only publicity we may have to give in the future will be an obituary. The journey towards retaining our dignity will have to begin with us consciously adopting a position of respectful uncertainty in all of […]