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MDC-T PRESIDENT NELSON CHAMISA CONDEMNS THE ‘SHONALISATION’ OF ZIMBABWE, claiming that tribal conflicts militate against Zimbabwe moving forward
MDC LEADER PROFESSOR WELSHMAN NCUBE A CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER BY TRAINING says that the election of Nelson Chamisa as the new MDC-T president is above order while addressing MDC Alliance supporters at a Cross Dete rally on Saturday.
Currently there is at times brutal bloddied leadership battles between a Matebeleland leader, the elected MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe who is adamant that she is the legitimate elected acting leader and has opted to ignore a seven-day ultimatum by the MDC T party to shape up or ship out of the party
According to another Matebeleland leader, of the MDC president and the Alliance’s spokesperson, Prof Welshman Ncube. on Saturday there is nothing illegitimate about Chamisa’s ascendancy as he chronicled how the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai picked the youthful politician as his successor, insisting that the late MDC T leader and President Richard Morgan Tsvangirai chose Chamisa and the MDC-T national council endorsed him and those claiminingsChamisa’s rise is illegitimate because he wasn’t nominated by congress are lost, even asking, in any case, who calls for the congress, isn’t it the national council?
Addressing party supporters during the MDC Alliance Matabeleland North rally in Cross Dete yesterday, Nelson Chamisa said he was extending an olive branch to Dr Khupe but if she is not willing to be part of the great movement and instead sponsors and promote divisions, she will be removed from MDC T for her continued defiance to recognise him as the MDC T leader chosen by the MDC T National Council
The MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa yesterday strongly condemned the “Shonalisation” of Zimbabwe, claiming that tribal conflicts militate against Zimbabwe moving forward.
In his addressing to the people at Cross Dete, MDC Alliance rally in, Matabeleland North province, MDC T president Nelson Chamisa condemned the marginalisation of other tribes other than those with Shona roots who get ‘preferential’ treatment in Zimbabwe.
Nelson Chamisa took a page from the same hymn book as the MDC leader Professor Welshman’s MDC party by declaring that devolution could right the wrongs of tribalism, as deliberate tribalisation was to blame for the underdevelopment of the Matabeleland religion.
Nelson Chamisa said ‘we don’t want the ‘Shonalisation’ of Zimbabwe. My government, our government, the people’s government will respect all tribes, traditions, languages of all our people’.
Chamisa was on fire with the Matebeleland marginalisation issue and said the majority of judges are from Mashonaland and this must be stopped without fail, because we need a Zimbabwe which reflects who we are as Zimbabweans.
Interestingly enough he went on to say after his two terms in office, he would love to ensure that I leave a Ndebele president. This is to www.newzimbabwevision.com an arrogant statement where one already declares himself as a president for two terms or ten years then says a Ndebele leader should then follow. This brings the nation to the same controversy I keep warning about, that Zimbabwe does not belong to Shonas and Ndebeles, just that they are the two noisiest groups always embroilled in tribal disputes, while others remain silent yet we have 16 languages recognised by our constitution and they all deserve equal recognition because Zimbabwe can be led by anyone from any tribe as they all can equally contribute progressively to national development.
The underdevelopment and supposed marginalisation has radicalised some pressure groups and political parties such as Mthwakazi Republic Party to push for secession but Chamisa pledged to unite Zimbabweans across tribe and race.
MDC T leader Nelson Chamisa was even so daring as to blame Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF regime for frustrating the cultural rights of those pushing for the revival of the coronation of a Ndebele King and the revival of the Mthwakazi Ndebele kingdom. In the eyes of the Discerning eye www.nezimbabwevision, we have two Matebeleland leaders silently embroilled in MDC T leadersip battles where MDC president Welshman Ncube is clearly endorsing Nelson Chamisa’s rise, against another Matebeleland Leader MDC T Vice President Thokozani Khuphe’s refusal to accept Nelson Chamisa’s rise to MDC T presidency without going to congress.
Tendai Biti also used the same rally to declare that the gukurahundi issue needs to be addressed and people need answers, apology and compensation as part of the healing, closure and reconilliation, uniting the people and moving one nation forward.
Read between the lines and ask, because I know Chamisa was my junior when I went to the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in the early 90s and met the likes of Jonathan Moyo and Welshman Ncube who were then lecturers at the UZ, and also met Tendai Biti then a UZ SRC leader and others who all influenced my absolute defince to oppressive authority.
My worry is that the Gukurahundi issue always features when Zimbabwe approaches elections and everyone seeking votes, uses the gukurahundi card as they know the pain that Matebeleland and Midlands went through when 20, 000 Ndebele’s were butchered.
I see a picture where a Matebeleland leader is used to silence another Matebeleland leader and probably step on the ladder to rise into power, assuming if I’m right, Welshman Ncube was also Nelson Chamisa’s lecturer and that connection is paying up, scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, because if Nelson Chamisa rises, I can assure you, Welshman Ncube will most probably be rwarded for the support by Chamisa.
Now Chamisa is wading into the coronation of Bulelani Khumalo as the Ndebele king. Zimbabwe’s government last week blocked the coronation of Bulelani Khumalo as the Ndebele king saying the ceremony was unconstitutional and illegal. The last Ndebele King was Lobengula following the destruction of the Ndebele kingdom by the British Pioneer Column in 1893.
Chamisa asked ‘What is the problem, coronation of a Ndebele King is all about a people’s culture and tradition, and the government must also find closure to the Gukurahundi genocide issue.
Suffice it is to say that the MDC leader Welshman Ncube and People’s Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti both used the Cross Dete MDC Alliance rally to rally MDC alliance supporters to vote for Nelson Chamisa in honour of the late MDC-T leader Richard Morgan Tsvangirai.
On the other hand Nelson Chamisa’s open acknowledgement of the Shonalisation of the nation, gukurahundi issue and commitment to restoring the Ndebele empire is good for both the people of Matebeleland and the nation at large, the fact that the MDC T leader Nelson Chamisa is acknowledging the extent of marginalisation of the Ndebeles, the gukurahundi genocide and the coronation of the Ndbele King, gfoing as far as promising he will see to the acknowledgement by government, apology and compensation of victims, while also will ensure that the culture of the Ndebele people is accepted and the coronation of the Ndebele King goes ahead.
He is the leader of the largest opposition in power in Zimbabwe and clearly needs the Matebeleland vote in the forth coming harmonised elections so MDC T can have aresounding victory against Mnangagwa, militarised regime, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats regime. What the Matebeleland people now need is to ensure that they do note sell out their vote, but instead hold him to account for his campaign promise. They need to ensure that he is cornered with the MDC T council to make alegal commitment in writing, sanctioned by the MDC T council, that if Matebeleland rally behind Chamisa and elevate him to the post of presidency, their please on the issues of marginalisation, nepotism, tribalism, devolution , gukurahundi and other as per list they draw up, will be a priority once Chamisa comes into power.
This commitment can be drawn up in writing and assessed by constitutional lawyers such as MDC leader Welshman Ncube , whose party must also wade into the debate by putting forward its issues that have been ignored for 37 years by Mugabe and Zanu pf.
Matebeleland Ndebele’s have always been proudly a united people, arguably militant but this is the moment where that unity should come to work for the good of the Matebeleland region and the nation at large. I am Sibusiso Ngwenya, Shona by Origin as my Great Grandfather Nyamangara walked in the late 18th Century from his Zvimba village to settle in Matebeleland.
I have continuously watched the evil spewed by both sides, which Zanu pf has always used to its advantage as a broken up electorate with a marginalised Matebeleland is a weak disunited opposition with no chance against Zanu pf, which was the main reason behind gukurahundi soon after independance on 18 April 1980 where over 20,000 Ndebeles were butchered because Mugabe and his Generals, Chiwenga, along with Minister of state security Emmerson Mnangagwa and Fifth Brigade commander Perrance Shiri a.k.a Bigboy Samson Chikerema, all ex Zapu members feared the power held by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo and knew that they would not win the next election if Matebeleland wasn’t destroyed as they were united and Nkomo was a national figure who drew support from across the whole nation.
I implore both side to come together and stop insulting one another, do away with tribalism, unite now and vote for acommon cause, unite the nation and move a progressive Zimbabwe for the good of all races, tribes and religions, our children and descendants.
Nelson Chamisa must nit just sit back and use the issue of gukurahundi, coronatioon of the Ndebele king, Shonalisation of the nation and other issues directly affecting the people of Matebeleland just to secure a Matebeleland vote. He should approach the MDC T council and present the issues raised and how they can be addressed and then lock those in writing in a campaign manifesto, which the ectorate can take him and MDC t to task for failing to do if they renege on their promises.
I have also continuously called upon the nation, to avoid rushing into elections, because Mnangagwa, the militarised cabinet, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats could not have used the army to get into power so that afew months later they hand over power on a silver platter to the democratic opposition.
It is important for the MDC Alliance to refuse to go into an election with Electoral Reforms in place first by Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats. As I have always warned over the years that removing Mugabe will not solve athing as it would only be a change of leadership, while we have the same corrupt system in place, therefore removing Mugabe and replacing him with Mnangagwa was simply a change of bottle yet you have the same old wine to drink. News falsh: Mnangagwa cannot reform himself and Zanu pf out of power, so, we need to brace for a big and controversial election.
We must ensure that Electoral Reforms are put in place, Mnangagwa withdraws almost 3000 soldiers now spread across rural areas to terrorise the electorate ahead of the election, repeal the draconian AIPPA and POSA, open up rural areas to opposition and activist campaigns and divorce chiefs from politics.
We know that at the beginning of the year, Mnangagwa, who can’t pay doctors and civil servant 2017 bonuses, rolled out 52 double cabs to Chiefs in rural areas as a way of ensuring that along with the soldiers they will instill fear amongst voters. This primarily the reason why Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats are against the coronation of the Ndebele King. The illegitimate Zanu pf regime is aware that Matebeleland chiefs are in support of the coronation of Bulelani Khumalo as the Ndebele King, typically meaning Matebeleland chiefs and people are anti Zanu and this unsettles them ahead of elections which is why the partisan zanu pf High court declared that the coronation of a Ndebele King is illegal and unconstitutional and provocative.
What Chamisa now needs to do, if he is committed to the pleas of Matebeleland is to address the people of Zimbabwe at National level and ensure that MDC T legisslators and aspirants are fully aware and on board with this approach and that they capture it in their campaign manifestos and promises to the people. If Chamisa addresses the MDC T masses at national level and ensures that it is widely known and respected by the people and the media that MDC T is now actively fighting for the marginalised Ndebele people , while the Ndebele and Shona people, unite, stop insulting each other and speak progressively, it will be an easy victory against Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats.
The MDC Alliance should only walk into elections when all these things have been put in place as there is no rush except to legitimise Mnangagwa, military , Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats regime. Mnangagwa, Chiwenga and Mohadi were nort elected into office but installed by the army after a coup and therefore they are eager to secure a mandate through winning elections because at the moment they are aware that they are in charge of an illegitimate regime and particularly the Western world will not wade into assisting them, infact this is primarily why the Army leaders have recently been to China, and North Korea and signed massive deals with Russia as the ‘Look East’ policy takes over, however its obvious to all, as some say, if you are family, when I’m at war, you stand with me, no fence sitting, therefore, the come back from all this will be an extension of sanctions against Zimbabwe by the West.
Last but not least, Mnangagwa needs to reverse his refusal to implement postal voting by the diaspora, numbering almost 6 million, who mostly fled Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats regime, and so the incumbent regime knows that the diaspora are a game changer as they will vote overwhelmingly against Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and secvurocrats . More news to follow. DISCUSS! Sibusiso Ngwenya