No part for tribalism in pro-Mthwakazi reforms

Reforming pro-Mthwakazi politics is citizen responsibility. We need to be honest about what we need, take appropriate risks to achieve it than avoid the truth in fear of rocking the boat. The pro-Mthwakazi movement’s political tone has faced allegations of tribalism. As responsible citizens we will not bend; we will call for accountability; we will not water things down; we will not edit our souls to permit wrong acts.

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Pro-Mthwakazi and protest politics

Kicking up defenceless folk, gratuitous provocation of specific communities and ignoring the devastating impact of tribalism has been the signature model of a calamitous ZANU PF government. Matabeleland’s experience is that ZANU PF’s Zimbabwe is brutal, perverse, regressive, insular and fearful of difference. In it lies no hope for peaceful coexistence of different races and tribes; there is no light in it. It is a vast expanse of darkness and desolation.

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Mthwakazi movements should help counter SARS-CoV-2 anti-vaxxers

Finally there is positive news to come from the science world; although the severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or coronavirus (COVID-19) has ravaged and altered global activities, today there are vaccines with promise and one (Pfizer-BioNtech) is already in use since 08-December-2020. Care must be taken as countries continue to record high daily death figures (3,053 deaths in the USA on 10-Dec-2020) and an unconfirmed spike in cases in Bulawayo has been reported.

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Protecting Mthwakazi public interest must be our interest

Every great leader knows the dangers of adopting a position of neutrality in times of moral crisis. There is little to no honour in avoiding making serious decisions; one has to stand for principle even if it might momentarily mean standing alone; it is the decency and state of consciousness that matters, the gentleness and clarity that commands respect. It is genuine interest, awareness and love in that which matters for the public that connects a politician with the public and which in turn creates security in the hearts and minds of the led.

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Advancing the politics of Mthwakazi

Dysfunctional politics is a threat to the development and growth of the pro-Mthwakazi political agenda. We have a mountain to climb if we are to take effective control of our political space; there is evident dysfunction, toxicity and persistent internecine feuds within the Mthwakazi political scene. The internal political atmosphere is tense, tribal allegiance is clear for all to see as is ethnic allegiance, racial allegiance among other forms of allegiance; these are stopping us from being an effective force within an integrated political environment.

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Using images to manage the image of pro-Mthwakazi politics

Contemporary media has quite literally taken over control of the political communication space leaving politicians and political organisations scrambling for recognition or attention in a rapidly moving and changing narrative. In this digital age, it is no longer the preserve of politicians and political organisations to control or dictate what is newsworthy but that of the social media. Political organisations find themselves having to rent communication space from the social media to engage the electorate and directly compete with citizens who are telling their own story in their own words in minutes, if not seconds.

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Mthwakazi must strive to be superior to former self not ZANU PF/ MDC

Doing better today than we did yesterday must be our goal every day. There is not an ounce of nobility in being superior to ZANU PF or the MDC when at the end of the day we would be inferior to our former selves.

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Keeping party discipline

One of the chief and immediate tasks facing the pro-Mthwakazi agenda drivers is to build and maintain a politically effective environment within parties; that means targeted work towards making the organisations vibrant, coherent, creative, relatable and adaptable to local needs and international demands, relevant and effective in how they pursue and execute their goals.

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Ideological differences should not be reason Mthwakazi groups stop working together

Party or nation? We appreciate and believe it is right that our leaders will stand as proud members of their different political movements but at the end of the day they must always bear in mind that they are Mthwakazi leaders working for a diverse population of Mthwakazi; this is a nation with diverse needs and views but shares the common goal for true independence.

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Demand good leaders not just people who love leading

Being a leader is a huge responsibility that requires more than just enthusiasm and a love for leading others. Good leadership goes hand in hand with deep understanding and innovation.  We need leaders who will take the Mthwakazi nation not where it wants to be but where it ought to be; from where we are to new and better confines. Integral to leadership is justice for, ‘By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.’Proverbs 29:4

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