The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and the Ncube-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) are Zimbabwean political parties just like the MDC-T and ZANU PF; that is a fact! The delusion in some Matabeleland quarters has been that ZAPU and the MDC are the closest to Matabeleland interests as Zimbabwean political parties can possibly be. Continue reading
Expecting the media to be apolitical is rather too much to expect from any human being or any human-led institution. Ideally, one would want the media’s role to be that of providing well researched information to the people and allowing the public to make independent and informed judgement. The media should preferably not be telling people what things to see or how to think. Continue reading
The sense of incredulity, anger and frustration at Qhubani Moyo’s (former MDC Director of Policy and Research Co-ordination) defection to ZANU PF is evident on the Matabeleland local media, including online social networks. As Matabeleland citizens and friends we may not agree with Moyo’s recent political choices and everything he has had to say in defence of those choices but we owe it to our democratic aspirations to respect his right to make those choices, perplexing and stupid as they may appear! Continue reading
The debate surrounding the primary elections, candidate confirmation process and perceived dictatorial tendencies of the executive of both MDCs in the selection of party candidates for the forthcoming general election raises important questions for the parties’ internal democracy. Any perceptions of a flagrant break of democratic processes in primaries risk damaging the MDCs’ reputation and undermining their electoral appeal.