POLITICAL INTEGRITY AND NOT SHORTCUTS WILL MOVE US AHEAD

If pro-Mthwakazi groups are true to their word that they have a problem with the Zimbabwean politics, they should be sharply deviating from Zimbabwean political norms founded on tribalism. Our primary goal is political and economic safety and security for all, and our experience of Zimbabwean politics has taught us that tribalism is contraindicated in that. Continue reading

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ZIMBABWE NEEDS URGENT REFORM OF ITS CORRUPT POLITICAL SYSTEM

Huge and serious differences remain between Matabeleland and Mashonaland’s perceptions of independence; there is a wide gap between what Mthwakazi believes independence entitles her and what the State – dominated by Mashonaland – is prepared to deliver. Continue reading

ZIMBABWE’S TRIBAL IDENTITY POLITICS MARGINALISES MATABELELAND

Only scapegoating and not reality will attribute the deepening divisive politics in Zimbabwe to identity politics. Contrary to views espoused by the hugely conservative political organisations in Zimbabwe, identity politics has a positive role to play in our politics; significantly, it is not always a threat to security or a cause of disunity. Rather, it can be a source for progressivism that demands universal liberty and justice. Continue reading

CONFRONTING SHONA PRIVILEGE ISN’T TRIBALISM

Institutional tribalism and Shona privilege is invisible to ethnic Shona people to whom privilege is granted yet very visible to demographic groups who suffer its consequences. Being Shona means being born with access to power and resources; the assumption is that you are the heir and all other demographic groups must settle for secondary roles. Continue reading

CALLING FOR THE MATURATION OF THE MTHWAKAZI POLITICAL SPACE

Unprincipled political ideals punctuated by tantrum-driven, hate-filled policies are the bedrock for failure; they will not free us but risk killing the Mthwakazi dream before its maturation. Attempting to run a Mthwakazi exclusive club under the veil of a rights and freedom movement is political perversion and not progressive. Our freedom and liberty must never be perceived as (and is not) directly proportional to the lack of the same by any other group of people. Continue reading

DIVISIVE POLITICS SHALL NEVER BE THE ANCHOR TO HOLD MTHWAKAZI

For the integrity of our political system we must preserve the autonomy of the law. Experience has taught us that when the law falls silent under the armpits of politics, and where politics effectuates its solutions at the expense of the rule of law, the first casualty is human rights. The protection of human rights must be the core of the politics we do because human rights are the very soul of the Mthwakazi nationhood. We have the responsibility to challenge unfair socio-political systems that inadvertently or deliberately create a political and moral crisis within society. Continue reading