What we are witnessing in Zimbabwe is the maturation and expansion, in real terms, of a polarised political space first construed by ZANU in 1963, put to paper in its 1979 Grand Plan White Paper and effected from 1980. This is a space whose primary ideological concern is the security and safety of ethnic Shona … Continue reading Zimbabwean government not taking Matabeleland concerns seriously
As the pro-Mthwakazi agenda enters its new season, we need to redefine how we fight our battles. We must accept now that dictating ‘solutions’ to people has not worked. The reason is most probable that we are ‘solving’ problems that are essentially of politicians’ imagination and not what the public identifies as their problems. Worse … Continue reading Once and for all, no to tribalism Mthwakazi
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 … Continue reading Political integrity and not shortcuts will move us ahead
So some Matabeleland political organisations truly believe Matabeles would be empowered by wearing t-shirts printed, 'I am a dissident'? There are certainly better ways of protesting against the Gukurahundi massacres, and it is not this t-shirt insult. What the 38 years of Zimbabwean independence has taught us is that we are the reason ZANU PF … Continue reading Gukurahundi t-shirts proposal is sad lack of creativity
We are experiencing a sudden wave of palpable hostility towards Gukurahundi victims and anyone who dares stands up to injustice. Truth be told, disregard and insensitivity towards the Gukurahundi atrocities by some ethnic Shona people, I stress they are a minority, cannot sustain peace in Zimbabwe. An objective appraisal of the political space indicates some … Continue reading Disturbing insensitivity to Gukurahundi genocide
You know something is seriously wrong when the crusade for inaction on Gukurahundi atrocities threatens to overhaul our political culture, become the most active and loudest political movement within the Mthwakazi socio-political space. Who is sponsoring this crusade, who is talking, and on whose behalf? As an onlooker, I take an interest in who is … Continue reading Gukurahundi focus: Why the intra-Mthwakazi quarrel?
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. Here is today’s reality of Matabeleland’s position on the Unity Accord celebrations. Many of us cannot see … Continue reading What exactly is being celebrated via the Unity Day?
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 dreamt of. The so-called independence is now a pantomime; of sovereign African states, we are certainly in an exclusive … Continue reading Zimbabwe independence costs
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, … Continue reading Something needs to change in Matabeleland
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 … Continue reading What lessons has Matabeleland taken from the Gukurahundi atrocities?