Linda Masarira’s Ndebele slur

We shall not pretend to be surprised by Linda Tsungie Masarira’s recently expressed political remarks about the alleged ‘cowardice’ of Ndebeles. As Matabeleland nationals, we will steer clear of self-pity and ensure there is no longer any tolerance for such outrageous conduct.

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Zimbabwe independence costs

With a high degree of confidence, my verdict on Zimbabwe’s post-independence operational processes is that they have created more suffering, deeper socioeconomic disparities and have claimed more political victims than the Smith regime would ever have dreamt of. The so-called independence is now a pantomime; of sovereign African states, we are certainly in an exclusive group of one country that has successfully engineered the extinction of its own currency. Continue reading

What is Matabeleland to do in these protests?

As Harare burns, Matabeleland finds herself at political crossroads. We are faced with a difficult task of deciding how to behave as Mashonaland protests against the uninterrupted 36-year rule of Robert Mugabe. The question we wrestle with is: How do we engage without damaging – but emphasising – that which matters the most to us? Continue reading

Zimbabwe protests – policing needs to place peace before the law

Shameful as it is, the manner in which the Zimbabwean state has been dealing with civilian protests recently is neither a surprise nor expected to be the last. This government has always adopted a ‘by any means necessary’ approach when it comes to securing its power. These attempts at achieving peace through force rather than through dialogue, fair and peaceful means have never been genuinely put to the test.

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It’s reform or burst for Zimbabwe

We are tired of the Zimbabwean journey of segregation; whether built on racial or tribal bricks, barriers to access to opportunity remain barriers. Abuse is abuse whether committed by Harare or Salisbury. Tribalism is not better than racism; being segregated by a black Zimbabwean government on the basis of one’s ethnicity is no lesser evil or less embarrassing and no less disempowering as being segregated by the Rhodesian government based on one’s skin colour. Continue reading