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MATABELE WARRIORS

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”― Elie Wiesel. Any attempts to suppress us will fail; intimidation won’t silence us.

To those who rejoice in the suffering of fellow humans peace shall be denied.

Photo credit: Tailormade Africa. Matobo Hills, Matabeleland South
Photo credit: Gerhard Huber (2012) via Global Geography. Matobo Hills in Matabeleland South
Photo credit: Andy Higgs via Grown-up Travel Guide daily. Batoka Gorge on Zambezi R.
THE MAJESTIC VICTORIA FALLS

…is a waterfall located in Matabeleland North on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe; it provides habitat for several unique species of plants and animals, and with its width of 1,708m is one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

Photo credit: Victoria Falls Tourism. The smoke that thunders

Natural beauty to behold!

Photo credit: Demerzel21 – Fotolia.com. The Victoria Falls Bridge connects Matabeleland with Zambia
Photo credit: Bulawayo24. Bhalagwe victims of the Matabeleland genocide. “Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.”
― Aberjhani
Photo credit: supplied to Daily Maverick (2021) In memory of loved ones whose lives were illegally cut short by the State

We’re unyielding. There is that stubbornness about us that never yields at the will of others. Our courage will always rise at every attempt to intimidate us.

Gukurahundi was and is genocide. Butchered Matabeles of all ages, including unborn babies, lay heaped in scattered mass graves. In that time something else died there in our nation, and was buried in the desert sands. A people’s dream died there.
Photo credit: Anonymous. Victims of Matabeleland genocide lie in a shallow grave.
Photo credit: Frits Ahlefeldt. We achieve more together
Photo credit: Modern Ghana. We need each other for Matabeleland to progress, no nation is too small or too big to be a part of Mthwakazi/ Matabeleland
Quote credit: Martin Luther King Jr. via The Peace Alliance

Pit tribe against tribe, race against race, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and rule is not the Mthwakazi template.

DIFFERENT BUT ONE

The Ndebele identity has never been a singular one but a multiple one. Our focus is the promotion of communicating, tolerance and understanding over the more destructive forces of war, tribalism, racism and political chaos that have characterised postcolonial Africa.

Photo credit: MRP Twitter Feed 2018. MRP’s Bulawayo Central Parliamentary Candidate Ms Sehliselo Ndebele and party members engage in a clean up campaign of the CBD
FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM

We are unsatisfied with the story of the independent Zimbabwe so far, how things have turned out. We will labour to unfold our own myth. Our dream is not gaining power over any nation but over ourselves; we will never be frightened by the freedom to lead and plan our lives. Let us die our way than live anyone’s way.

Photo credit: via Alamy. Aerial view of the Bulawayo City Centre
Photo credit: Zimbabwe Field Guide. Diana’s Pool is in Matabeleland South and located 70km southeast of the city of Bulawayo
Photo credit: Zimbabwe Tourism. Khami Ruins
Photo credit: World Pilgrimage Guide. Matopo Hills – cave paintings
Photo credit: Bulawayo Memories. Tredgold Buildings – First Magistrates Court in the 1890s in the City of Bulawayo
Photo credit Byo24. Mbalabala Dome
Photo credit: Incognito/ Supplied. Couple walking down 9th Ave/ Main St (JMN St) – Bulawayo’s CBD
Photo credit: Frankie Kay Foto’s . The picturesque Bulawayo Centenary Park

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

― United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

And until Matabeles learn to write, history will always glorify others.

Photo credit: STRINGER/ AFP via Getty Images (2013) The bronze statue of the late Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo ‘Father Zimbabwe’, the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and perhaps the most influential leader from the Ndebele tribe in modern era. In early 1980s Nkomo was persecuted by the Mugabe regime. He later became Zimbabwe’s Vice-President.
Photo credit: Wikipedia. Khami, a ruined city located 22km west of Bulawayo
KHAMI RUINS

The formidable 19th Century structure is evidence of local ability and creativity

The best way to predict the future is to create it (Abraham Lincoln)

Photo credit: ZimLive (2020) Njube High School pupils carrying President’s protest engage in a peaceful protest against poor infrastructure.
Photo credit: ZimLive (2019) Local youths protest over the Mpilo Hospital School of Nursing’s unfair recruitment process
Photo credit: J Lyle Conrad. In 2019 at least 4,500 cattle died in Matabeleland South due to lack of pasture and drinking water following the worst drought in recent years
Farming and dry climate

Food insecurity a real threat to Matabeleland

Photo credit: CNFA-Europe. Conservation Agriculture (CA) in practise in Tsholotsho; CA is necessary if the arid Mthwakazi is to be self-sufficient in food production.

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