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 … Continue reading What Matabeleland learned from Zimbabwean elections (30/07/2018)

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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 … Continue reading Mthwakazi: How to search for the appropriate voter

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 … Continue reading How to run an effective political campaign

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

Provide evidence for choices Mthwakazi

We recognise that elections (and the political process in general) have not been relevant to Matabeleland citizens, and people’s votes have not mattered. So, what is the way forward? We do not pretend there is any single or easy solution to Matabeleland’s problems but we are responsible for our choices; we are responsible for our … Continue reading Provide evidence for choices Mthwakazi

Sanity required in the Matabeleland vote (non) participation debate

An analysis of the 2013 Zimbabwe general elections participation shows that a significant number of Mthwakazi citizens did engage in the process. We cannot dismiss that reality offhand; whatever we propose, needs to start from that base. Top down policies sold as people friendly ideals often, in real terms, empower the elite, satisfy the interests … Continue reading Sanity required in the Matabeleland vote (non) participation debate

Should Mthwakazi citizens participate in Zimbabwean elections?

Questions continue to be raised on whether Mthwakazi participation in Zimbabwean elections is necessary or whether it changes Mthwakazi’s political experience. It is no surprise that opinions on the matter vary widely within the pro-Mthwakazi agenda. Central to the debate is whether voting is of itself ever beneficial for Mthwakazi within the current Zimbabwe political … Continue reading Should Mthwakazi citizens participate in Zimbabwean elections?

Of what benefit is voting? Matabeleland ponders

Voting is not by itself a mark of democracy, it is the counting process that sets apart real democracy and going through the motion. Zimbabwe has not shown an interest in extending democracy to the vote counting process; its democracy only places emphasis on the moment the voter enters the voting booth and nothing else about … Continue reading Of what benefit is voting? Matabeleland ponders

The First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system misrepresents Matabeleleland voters

As is now standard practice in Zimbabwean elections, the 31-Jul-2013 election outcome was immediately followed by rumblings from the main opposition, the MDC-T, who felt there were numerous elements not quite fair about it. They may have had a point, the result may well have been partially an outcome of ZANU PF’s cosmetic efforts but, … Continue reading The First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system misrepresents Matabeleleland voters

Zimbabwe’s elections and their irrelevance to democracy

Elections are indispensable to democracy yet holding elections must not be seen as evidence of democracy. Democracy cannot be measured merely on the basis of a country holding regular ‘free and fair’ elections where ‘free’ and ‘fair’ are subjectively determined by the political elite. Even the fairest election does not of itself eradicate inherent power … Continue reading Zimbabwe’s elections and their irrelevance to democracy