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

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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

MTHWAKAZI WILL NOT LET ACADEMIA MESS WITH POLITICAL DECISIONS

I have no doubt that academic education adds value to our politics but any suggestion that academic knowledge is superior to other forms of learning is misleading. Academia has no monopoly over the smartest minds. All education is essential for human development and political decisions need more than just academic knowledge. Continue reading

MTHWAKAZI: HOW TO SEARCH FOR THE APPROPRIATE VOTER

We are not the pioneers of the Mthwakazi empowerment agenda; it is a generational effort, all we need to ensure is that we bear our responsibilities seriously and that the agenda is undone not by our generation. Our mandate is to pick up the button from our forebearers; the ambitions for the restoration, reinvigorating and empowerment of Mthwakazi date back to the very second the territory was lost to the white men in the late 19th Century. Continue reading

MTHWAKAZI ON REPRESENTATIVE AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY

Secrecy ought not be the foundation of our standard political system; a culture of secrecy is a weapon for conspiracy and saves as an invaluable shield for politicians and the elite from public scrutiny; secrecy stands in direct conflict with our democratic aspirations that demand openness. Continue reading

TAKE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO YOU WANT TO LEAD

As argued in the previous article, there is a worrisome dislocation of the Mthwakazi movement from its main constituency, Matabeleland. For a successful transformation of Mthwakazi, organisations will need to transform themselves. We need to actively unmask the conditions leading to that disconnect, and that would require taking time to understand the population we want to lead. Continue reading

A POLITICALLY PROACTIVE MTHWAKAZI IS EVERYONE’S DUTY

A progressive political space is one where everyone takes ownership of the political project at hand, and where no one is awaiting solutions, but everyone is creative and acts to turn dreams into reality. It is a space where people actively work to remove obstructions from their systems. Continue reading