Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon extending beyond financial income to education among other socioeconomic and political factors. The sooner Matabeleland engages with the reality of our academic performance problem, the better. We need to acknowledge that we have a problem of academic attainment, involvement and motivation among young people in the region.
The politics of Matabeleland needs to shift from a position that sees us continually making apologies for Harare’s impact in Matabeleland to one seeking solutions to problems for which Harare is central. Our aim should be the preservation of our dignity now and for generations to come; that calls for a disciplined stance on mattersContinue reading “Mthwakazi politics should be built on principles”
The state of Champongo Primary School in Lusulu area in Binga is distressing but surprising it is not. Matabeleland has known for years now of the deteriorating infrastructure and dwindling school attendances coupled with equally deteriorating academic performances. It is a scenario that we can no longer wish away.
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.
The problem facing modern-day Matabeleland lies not in what we think but how we think; it is not the ideologies we propose that are a source of great political worry but how we have formulated those ideas.
Identity remains a critical issue in human social existence; without a sense of identity, the sense of living is lost. The unitary Zimbabwe state does not appreciate difference; it continues to actively pursue an enforced melting pot ideal while suppressing all consideration of the ‘salad bowl’ multicultural concept. No human being should feel pressured toContinue reading “Let’s keep the Mthwakazi identity”
What Matabeleland cannot do now is run away from herself. We cannot avoid looking at ourselves and seeing how much we have let ourselves down; it is time we owned our problems and started working on solutions.
It is time Matabeleland nationals rid themselves of the view that isolated actions by politicians and their political parties (instruments of mental manipulation) are going to solve all of the region’s political crises. The Matabeleland vision has become a living nightmare as every big dream gets sucked out by a bad team.
In the 31 years of a Shona-dominated government Matabeleland and its people have persistently been the poor cousins dependent on hand-downs from their richer cousins in the north of Zimbabwe. However, the same statement can easily be true of many parts of Zimbabwe. The ZANU PF government has failed the aspirations of many Zimbabweans –Continue reading “Will an independent Matabeleland be the saviour?”