MTHWAKAZI POLITICS: GOING BACK FROM A WRONG TURN IS PROGRESS

Our politics cannot base itself on the law of the jungle, and the unilateral and indiscriminate abuse of citizens based on tribe is the law of the jungle. There are men and women of principle across the socio-political divide, but we are yet to see a party of principle. At present we are witnesses to unacceptable excesses right across the political spectrum because political parties have failed to set themselves minimum standards or codes of acceptable behaviour. 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

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

MTHWAKAZI POLICIES MUST COME FROM MTHWAKAZI RESIDENTS

All our systems and institutions must be designed on the back of Mthwakazi traditions, culture and needs. The right politics for us is one that allows us the freedom to be ourselves; our healthcare system, judiciary, education, the economical design and our political system must no longer be dictated to by the results of Mashonaland thinking, but the needs and wants of Mthwakazi citizens. Continue reading

IS HAVING MANY SMALL POLITICAL PARTIES HELPING THE MTHWAKAZI CAUSE?

Political capacity is not a one and done deal, it is a variable process not pegged in one position. It is therefore, not a surprise that Matabeleland’s political landscape is presently showing greater signs of shifting, and if we are to endure, we must be proactive; our political interventions must reflect our understanding of the changes taking place as closely as is humanely possible. Continue reading

UNITY OF PURPOSE IMPORTANT FOR MTHWAKAZI POLITICS

Success is neither an accident nor a secret; it is a product of careful planning, hard work, networking, perseverance, and an honest introspection that raises serious consideration of lessons from failure – yours and others’. A complete political culture change is required for Mthwakazi to progress; Mthwakazi groups need to come together and make success happen. Continue reading