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?
There is no question about Matabeleland past, it did happen; our concern is its misrepresentation, the Matabeleland history which is now effectively a version of past events as decided and agreed upon in Harare. We have yet to write our own history because we are not in control of the systems that determine what constitutesContinue reading “Matabeleland history, Matabeleland responsibility”
The fundamental aspect of any political ideology is its credibility not how exciting it sounds. Matabeles are responsible for the conditions of their socio-political space; we are the only major blockade to the manifestation of our political dreams and we are the only solution.
Three decades plus of ZANU PF and Zimbabwean independence has been three decades plus of variable independence across Mashonaland and three decades plus of constructive alienation of Matabeleland from realpolitik. It is three plus decades of being remote from sources and processes that affect decisions that impact our lives.
Zimbabwean independence has not lived up to the best intentions of the 1960s and ’70s liberation struggle. The ‘independence’ has failed to keep the promise of liberty, freedom and equality for all; Matabeleland, in particular, has suffered the brunt of ZANU PF’s tyrannical regime. Harare continues to actively ignore the rights of non-ethnic Shona nationals;Continue reading “Matabeleland better grab liberty”
Together, Mashonaland and Matabeleland (Zimbabwe) fought colonialism and the white racist government of Ian Smith to gain liberty; our requirement of liberty was the need to reform our social system that was full of inequality among other injustices. 35 years on, our society is still saturated by discrimination and the exploitation of a minority byContinue reading “Zimbabwean independence, Matabeleland disempowerment”
The reports accompanied by a disturbing video and images of renewed xenophobic attacks in parts of Durban in South Africa, the disappearance of over 200 girls and ongoing terror attacks in Nigeria and the many current civil wars within the independent African territory are a disturbing reminder of the continent’s continued failure to create aContinue reading “Promote Matabeleland diversity; promote internal peace”
Condemnation of corruption has to be one of Matabeleland’s central objectives if we are to see real progress. Corruption undermines all systems and processes; it compromises confidence in the functioning of any society and Matabeleland is no exception. It is a scourge that is fast turning out to be the biggest betrayal of our nation.
The long-term survival of Matabeleland is dependent on our ability to challenge the arrogance within our own politics; the arrogance which has led us into thinking yesteryear politics is enough to set us free. We need to embrace a culture of political innovation for the region to change.
If there is one thing that Matabeleland should by now have learnt from Zimbabwean independence and its politics, it is that life has no compassion towards victims. Attempting to build Matabeleland from a platform of victimhood is a guaranteed way of setting ourselves for failure. Victimhood is only a refuge of cowards.