WHAT MATABELELAND LEARNED FROM ZIMBABWEAN ELECTIONS (30/07/2018)

We have learnt precious little from the latest election process in Zimbabwe. Contrary to popular belief, elections have not weakened ZANU PF, they have given it the opportunity to ‘legally’ shore up its grip on power. As has become the norm, allegations of widespread electoral manipulation dominate the post-election news. The political and voter apathy goes on in Matabeleland. There is no genuine threat to the status quo, the two major political parties dominated the political landscape of the country: the ruling party dominated the rural vote and the opposition was dominant in urban centres. Matabeleland North remains strongly anti-regime and pro-opposition while Matabeleland South and the Midlands have once again overwhelmingly voted for the retention of the status quo. There is no demonstrable influence of the pro-Matabeleland agenda to the election outcome. Continue reading

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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

HOW TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

As the Zimbabwean election season approaches, we once again contemplate Mthwakazi’s status, and we focus on the pro-Mthwakazi political environment. What is happening within this space or to be precise, what needs to happen? We seek to inform the campaign strategy of our political groups, particularly those that have expressed their intent to participate in the upcoming elections. Continue reading