We are diverse, but how equal are we in Matabeleland?

Real political growth will only be realised when there develops, within the Mthwakazi space, a good understanding of the extent of our ignorance. The greatest risk to equality in the region is the illusion that it already exists, and that sincere ignorance puts chances of political progress in jeopardy. Matabeleland has suffered badly under the […]

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Why I find the Mthwakazi monarchy restoration unjustified

Although a proud and keen respecter of Mthwakazi’s past and present-day traditional institutions and a subscriber in the notion that real Mthwakazi success should draw from local building blocks and not from duplicating other communities, I am a firm believer in retaining only institutions relevant to our communities and time. A monarchist, I am not! […]

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Was the 2015 Mzilikazi Day hijacked or inadvertently outsourced?

The Mzilikazi Day has come and it seems not only gone but almost instantly blown away and out of many people’s minds! You know something is amiss when the major subject of the news after a celebratory occasion is not the occasion being celebrated but the guest list. Zimbabwe’s Vice President Mr Mphoko attended the […]

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A gentle no to the revival of a Mthwakazi monarchy

I am a fierce Mthwakazi patriot, I am very proud of our roots, proud of the heroic achievement of the monarchy, the disciplined military organization, nation building and leadership skills of our two kings – Mzilikazi and Lobengula – but a royalist I am not; I am a republican! The restoration of a monarchy is […]

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Of a collective traditional leadership or Matabeleland monarchy revival

Zimbabwean independence has been characterised by two significant factors: (i) the unity of Mashonaland in its support of Harare’s systemic oppression of Matabeleland, and (ii) Matabeleland’s disquiet and disunity in her fight of Harare’s oppressive regime. Suffice to say the outcome has been a devastating loss of sociopolitical authority in Matabeleland. All of Matabeleland dreams […]

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On why reviving the Ndebele monarchy may be misguided

King Lobengula (1845 – 1894), second and last Mthwakazi king (1870 – 1894) Recently a question was asked of the role the Ndebele royal family should play in an independent Mthwakazi. My immediate thought was ‘What role is the Ndebele royal family playing in a subjugated Mthwakazi?’ Should we – in the knowledge of the […]

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