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. We had hoped to see workable and realistic proposals from the mainstream political parties, but that hope is … Continue reading Zimbabwe needs urgent reform of its corrupt political system

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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. We respect and acknowledge the need for data protection … Continue reading Mthwakazi on representative and direct democracy

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 … Continue reading Take time to understand those who you want to lead

Matabeleland needs a proportionally representative electoral system

We have raised concerns about the unfairness of Zimbabwean political systems to Mthwakazi and questioned the conduct of election processes in Zimbabwe but there has yet to be an in-depth and sustained debate on the electoral system itself. An election based on an unfair system can only arrive at fair outcomes by chance which is … Continue reading Matabeleland needs a proportionally representative electoral system