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Its time for Mthwakazi to ensure their aspirations are met - activist

by Stephen Jakes
13 Sep 2018 at 09:06hrs | Views
Mthwakazi activist Hloniphani Ncube has said now that the usually fraudulent elections have come and gone, it's time for the people of Mthwakazi to ensure that, their aspirations are met.

He said the first issue to be dealt with is removing the traces of colonisation.

"We have so many wrongly spelt locations and streets. This problem must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Mzilikazi and Lobengula sites must be recognised as heritage sites and be given respect they deserve. Their death dates must be public holidays. Streets like Tongogara, Chitepo and Parireñyatwa must be relocated to Harare, and we rename them with Mthwakazi struggle icons as they have no relevance in Bulawayo except being symbols of Shona supremacy and colonisation," he said.

"Our people must demand public servants to be locals, that is all police, nurses, doctors etc deployed in Bulawayo and the entire Matebeleland must be locals. The local institutions of higher learning must take the local students in Mthwakazi. Our people must ensure that public institutions in Mthwakazi are headed by the local people. That would be the first step of addressing tribalism which we have been subjected to for the past 38 years."

He said when people are given control this way then we are assured of development.  Ncube said development in Mthwakazi can never be brought by foreigners carrying the mandate of the 1979 grand plan. We need to dismantle the achievements of the 1979 grand plan and it starts by addressing the above issues.

"Our people must further demand a Mthwakazi TV and if that is not provided then they must not pay for TV licence. If any of the above conditions are not addressed our people must frustrate government revenue collection initiatives as this would be inconsistent with what they voted for. Our people must demand rehabilitation of roads and infrastructure. University students must demand free education. The power is in our hands. Amandla ngawethu, ma sithanda siyawaqeda wonke amanyala enzeka ezweni lakithi," he said.

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Source - Byo24News