Zimbabwean independence has not lived up to the best intentions of the ’60s and ’70s liberation struggle. The ‘independence’ has struggled to keep to the promise of liberty and equality for all; Matabeleland has suffered the brunt of ZANU PF’s tyranny. Harare continues to actively ignore the rights of non-ethnic Shona nationals; everything Mthwakazi has been consigned to the periphery of Zimbabwe’s socio-political space. Continue reading
We are acutely aware of Zimbabwe’s elaborate political system of manipulation, intimidation and disempowerment. Zimbabwe’s independence has set free dictators but enslaved the people. It is a system that handsomely rewards conformists but shows little tolerance for independent thinkers. Continue reading
Political control is imperative for Matabeleland but it alone will not solve the main Matabeleland problem of a general lack of good education. Good education is essential, we need to look at the way our young people are taught; it must not only be about educating people to acquire qualifications to get jobs; the objective must be good education, whatever that is. Continue reading
Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon extending beyond financial income to education among other socioeconomic and political factors. The earlier Matabeleland engages with the reality of our academic performance problem, the better. We need to acknowledge that we have a problem of academic attainment, involvement and motivation among young people in the region.
The state of Champongo Primary School in Lusulu area in Binga is distressing but surprising it is not. Matabeleland has known for years now of the deteriorating infrastructure and dwindling school attendances coupled with equally deteriorating academic performances. It is a scenario that we can no longer wish away. Continue reading