Questioning the credibility of the election institutions in Zimbabwe has become part and parcel of the election process. The electoral process is seriously flawed and no one has shown serious intention to fix the situation which is no wonder some Matabeleland movements are now convinced boycotting elections is our strongest tool.
A fact of Mthwakazi life in the independent Zimbabwe is that tribalism affects every aspect of our lives; it is largely an unpleasant experience, and the analysis of the world that it makes possible – the ‘politics’ – is so important to us that pro-Mthwakazi politicians have become the princes and princesses of our society.Continue reading “Consensus way forward for pro-Mthwakazi politics”
Voting is vitally important, for it remains the only way that “We the People” self-govern. The ability to self-govern is a privilege that men and women of Mthwakazi must not take lightly and must honour through participation in elections. But elections have to be credible and their purpose morally justified. We believe of all politicalContinue reading “A fair and sensitive voting system”
How people choose their leaders is just as important as the right to choose. It is increasingly evident that how we choose our leadership in Zimbabwe has played a significant role in our government failure and the associated public suffering. In the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system we curiously support a political system that promotes argument overContinue reading “Why Mthwakazi must reject the FPTP system”
The reservations of some pro-Mthwakazi parties over the benefits of participating in elections can best be understood from the fact Zimbabwe has been conducting elections since 1980 yet it is still not democratic. During the same period, Matabeles have been participating in elections but they are no less oppressed today than they were during theContinue reading “Mthwakazi in Zimbabwe elections”
We have learnt little to nothing from the latest election process in Zimbabwe; the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) has reinforced the duality (Fig 2) of the political landscape. And contrary to popular belief by experts, elections have not weakened ZANU PF, they have given it the opportunity to ‘legally’ shore up its grip on power. As hasContinue reading “What we learned from the Zimbabwe Elections (2018)”
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 andContinue reading “Mthwakazi: Searching for the appropriate voter”
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 inContinue reading “How to run an effective political campaign”
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.
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?