Looking ahead, we need to be clear on the Mthwakazi we aspire to; people need to comprehend what taking control of our social, economic and political space would mean to the region and their lives. To achieve that we need to have a minimum level of credibility to challenge the status quo and call for genuine socioeconomic and political inclusivity. Continue reading
That Chronicle cartoon was no less of a bother than the views generated from it. True to the letter, it is not often what we are looking at but what we see in an image that matters. Views raised in a recent Facebook debate on the Chronicle cartoon are testimony to that. The following unedited (for confidentiality reasons, full names have been substituted by initials and in brackets is English translation of Ndebele phrases) exchanges taken from Facebook will form the basis of this article: Continue reading
Zimbabwe’s independence has presided over the construction of barriers to openness and the creation of a social structure epitomised by a dangerous unconscious or conscious investment in the perceived superiority of ethnic Shona people while ethnic Ndebeles are subjectively seen as comparatively inferior. It is no wonder that the Matabeleland/ Mashonaland union has remained tenuous at best, not helped by the continued judgement of Matabeleland through the prism of Mashonaland stereotypes as evidenced by the latest cartoon from one of the state controlled newspapers. Continue reading
The 34 years of Zimbabwean independence has brought little reason for women to celebrate. The pertaining socio-political conditions are abnormal; they render women’s status no different from the mid 20th Century; Zimbabwean women remain severely under-represented in positions of power. The status quo has to be confronted head on; there is no justifiable reason why things should continue as they are.
It is an irony that a continent worst affected by and well aware of the impact of oppression of humans by other humans continues to drag its feet when it comes to the freedoms of a huge section of its population. In virtually all of Africa, except for Rwanda, we still witness men’s active and robust resistance to women’s emancipation. It is incomprehensible that chromosome arrangement alone would determine human worth in the 21st century; it is morally wrong that in any society today sex would be a factor in determining the right to top political positions.
‘For most of history, anonymous was a woman’ (Virginia Woolf, 1929); it was wrong back then, it still is wrong today. The 21stCentury Mthwakazi must address gender inequality as a human rights matter of urgency. Continue reading
The debate surrounding the primary elections, candidate confirmation process and perceived dictatorial tendencies of the executive of both MDCs in the selection of party candidates for the forthcoming general election raises important questions for the parties’ internal democracy. Any perceptions of a flagrant break of democratic processes in primaries risk damaging the MDCs’ reputation and undermining their electoral appeal.