BAD-TEMPERED COMPETITION HINDERS THE MTHWAKAZI MOVEMENT

By the looks of it, the Mthwakazi movement’s strongest opponent turns out not to be the Zimbabwean politics but the time we waste on infighting, lack of innovation, lack of will to learn from mistakes and our past, the internal connections we fail to build, and finally, the apathy created by a disheartening, tired and uncoordinated political approach. Continue reading

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MTHWAKAZI POLITICS: GOING BACK FROM A WRONG TURN IS PROGRESS

Our politics cannot base itself on the law of the jungle, and the unilateral and indiscriminate abuse of citizens based on tribe is the law of the jungle. There are men and women of principle across the socio-political divide, but we are yet to see a party of principle. At present we are witnesses to unacceptable excesses right across the political spectrum because political parties have failed to set themselves minimum standards or codes of acceptable behaviour. Continue reading

IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN MORE FORMAL EDUCATION AND BETTER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP?

Holistic systemic and institutional change in Zimbabwe is now the only avenue to future progressive politics that can deliver genuine socioeconomic and political inclusivity. An informed person specification will be crucial in how we identify a pool of leaders to carry out our mandate. Continue reading

POLITICAL INTEGRITY AND NOT SHORTCUTS WILL MOVE US AHEAD

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 in that. Continue reading

ZIMBABWE NEEDS URGENT REFORM OF ITS CORRUPT POLITICAL SYSTEM

Huge and serious differences remain between Matabeleland and Mashonaland’s perceptions of independence; there is a wide gap between what Mthwakazi believes independence entitles her and what the State – dominated by Mashonaland – is prepared to deliver. Continue reading

MTHWAKAZI – LET’S LOVE OURSELVES FIRST

We have repeatedly warned that Mthwakazi cannot continue to surrender the protection of its norms, values and interests to other communities if we are to attain true liberty. We owe it to ourselves to deconstruct the unhelpful myths that seek to buttress the notion of our inferiority that has been propagated by the Shona ethnic leadership and maintained through systems and institutions whose objective has been to manage, and not empower, us throughout Zimbabwe’s independence. Continue reading