Matabeleland Against Division (MAD)

The priority of the Mthwakazi movement’s engagement in politics must be to better the lives of people and, not just a vehicle for opportunists to amass political power. The movement does not exist to replace ZANU PF but as a vehicle for the creation of opportunity and access to all who call Matabeleland home. Continue reading

We need discipline to redesign the Matabeleland brand

The socio-political space nurtured by a ZANU PF dominated government within the independent Zimbabwe territory is a crude political system designed without moral consideration for human rights and dignity of minority population groups. It is a flawed, divisive politics of hate that crushes than listen to dissenting voices; it possesses neither an ear nor a heart for alternative views. Continue reading

Matabeleland: an attack on one is an attack on all

The dream of an independent Zimbabwe defined by universal justice fell flat on its face before the ink dried on paper. The Zimbabwean world is nothing but coordinated chaos punctuated with selective justice in which political and/ or ethnic affiliation determines how the law is interpreted and/ or applied. In such a world, we owe it to ourselves to exercise our right to partisanship if that helps stop the persecution of our own by the majoritarian tyranny of Harare. It is for patriotic reasons that I would rather take Jonathan Moyo’s side against his latest critic Dr Bekithemba Mpofu. justice Continue reading

Matabeleland survival a responsibility for all

Zimbabwean independence has been a race between ZANU PF’s longstanding pet project of converting Matabeleland into an appendage of a Mashonaland pseudo-kingdom and Matabeleland trying to develop and maintain its unique identity, and so far the ZANU PF project is winning. Gukurahundi did not stop at signing of the Unity Accord in 1987 but was merely modified; we have seen poverty increase in Matabeleland, and witnessed loss of real influence in decisions affecting our lives; even more concerning, some of our people have fallen for the ZANU PF propaganda that blames the victim for being abused. Continue reading

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 political ideals are driven by emotions than reason. Continue reading

Zimbabwe protests – policing needs to place peace before the law

Shameful as it is, the manner in which the Zimbabwean state has been dealing with civilian protests recently is neither a surprise nor expected to be the last. This government has always adopted a ‘by any means necessary’ approach when it comes to securing its power. These attempts at achieving peace through force rather than through dialogue, fair and peaceful means have never been genuinely put to the test.

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No Mthwakazi without inclusion

Lest we be misinterpreted by enemies of progress, I state henceforth that our growing rejection of the Zimbabwean political regime is not inspired by the aspiration to exclude ethnic Shona citizens from Matabeleland society but the recognition of the fallibility of ethnic discrimination and an even stronger desire to create and establish a kind of politics that is inclusive of every race, ethnicity and every community in our midst. Continue reading