WE ARE DIVERSE, BUT HOW EQUAL ARE WE IN MATABELELAND?

Real political growth will only be realised when there develops, within the Mthwakazi space, a good understanding of the extent of our ignorance. The greatest risk to equality in the region is the illusion that it already exists, and that sincere ignorance puts chances of political progress in jeopardy. Continue reading

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Matabeleland, what’s next?

A truly new start begins from within even though it may be triggered by external stimuli. Our worries for the future should not stop at the worrying stage, they should transform into planning for the future we want. Being in the right direction is not everything in itself; for we may be on the right track but we risk getting run over if we just sit there.New beginnings Continue reading

Why I find the Mthwakazi monarchy restoration unjustified

Although a proud and keen respecter of Mthwakazi’s past and present-day traditional institutions and a subscriber in the notion that real Mthwakazi success should draw from local building blocks and not from duplicating other communities, I am a firm believer in retaining only institutions relevant to our communities and time. A monarchist, I am not! Continue reading

A gentle no to the revival of a Mthwakazi monarchy

I am a fierce Mthwakazi patriot, I am very proud of our roots, proud of the heroic achievement of the monarchy, the disciplined military organization, nation building and leadership skills of our two kings – Mzilikazi and Lobengula – but a royalist I am not; I am a republican! The restoration of a monarchy is the least of our problems; economic and political insecurity remains our biggest threat today.

King Mzilikazi

King Mzilikazi, the first King of Mthwakazi

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Of a collective traditional leadership or Matabeleland monarchy revival

Zimbabwean independence has been characterised by two significant factors: (i) the unity of Mashonaland in its support of Harare’s systematic oppression of Matabeleland, and (ii) Matabeleland’s disquiet and disunity in her fight of Harare’s oppressive regime. Suffice to say the outcome has been a devastating loss of socio-political authority in Matabeleland. Continue reading

On why reviving the Ndebele monarchy may be misguided

King Lobengula (1845 - 1894), second and last Mthwakazi king (1870 - 1894)

King Lobengula (1845 – 1894), second and last Mthwakazi king (1870 – 1894)

Recently a question was asked of the role the Ndebele royal family should play in an independent Mthwakazi. My immediate thought was ‘What role is the Ndebele royal family playing in a subjugated Mthwakazi?’ Should we – in the knowledge of the demographic and political changes in Mthwakazi – entertain the idea of a Ndebele (or any other ethnic group for that matter) monarchy at the helm of a multi-ethnic Mthwakazi state? Continue reading