It is a big step for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to declare that his government will not ignore Gukurahundi. Denial has been the only chosen path for ZANU PF. We have witnessed the damaging political effects of denying justice to Mthwakazi citizens, enforcing poverty and dehumanising Matabeleland people while perpetuating ignorance that feeds into Mashonaland delusionsContinue reading “Gukurahundi Hearings”
What we are witnessing in Zimbabwe is the maturation and expansion, in real terms, of a polarised political space first construed by ZANU in 1963, put to paper in its 1979 Grand Plan White Paper and effected from 1980. This is a space whose primary ideological concern is the security and safety of ethnic ShonaContinue reading “Zimbabwean government not taking Matabeleland concerns seriously”
As the pro-Mthwakazi agenda enters its new season, we need to redefine how we fight our battles. We must accept now that dictating ‘solutions’ to people has not worked. The reason is most probable that we are ‘solving’ problems that are essentially of politicians’ imagination and not what the public identifies as their problems. WorseContinue reading “Once and for all, no to tribalism Mthwakazi”
If pro-Mthwakazi groups are true to their word that they have a problem with the Zimbabwean politics, they should be sharply deviating from Zimbabwean political norms founded on tribalism. Our primary goal is political and economic safety and security for all, and our experience of Zimbabwean politics has taught us that tribalism is contraindicated inContinue reading “Political integrity and not shortcuts will move us ahead”
So some pro-Matabeleland political organisations truly believe Matabeleland people would be empowered by wearing t-shirts printed, ‘I am a dissident’? There are certainly better ways of protesting against the Gukurahundi massacres, and it is not this t-shirt inscription insult.
We are experiencing a sudden wave of palpable hostility towards Gukurahundi victims and anyone who dares stand up to injustice. Truth be told, disregard and insensitivity towards the Gukurahundi atrocities by some ethnic Shona people, I stress they are a minority, cannot sustain peace in Zimbabwe.
You know something is seriously wrong when the crusade for inaction on Gukurahundi atrocities threatens to overhaul our political culture, become the most active and loudest political movement within the Mthwakazi socio-political space. Who is sponsoring this crusade, who is talking, and on whose behalf?
Drawing Matabeleland battle lines means doing our fallen heroes and heroines (grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters and the unborn babies mercilessly butchered) proud; we shall not to allow the Zimbabwean state dominion over Matabeleland and not watch a repeat of the horrors of the Gukurahundi inhuman acts of undeterred violence.
Zimbabweans have a constitutional right to celebrate the Unity Day every 22nd of December if they so wish, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation of the 1980s Matabeleland victims of the State sanctioned Gukurahundi atrocities.
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 dreamed of. The so-called independence is now a pantomime; of sovereign African states, we are certainly in an exclusiveContinue reading “Zimbabwe independence costs”