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MLF will divide Mthwakazi into five states.

03 Dec 2016 at 07:38hrs | Views
In its State of Nation (SONA) statement written by its Vice President Dr Churchill Guduza, MLF set out to articulate its big vision of nation building. In its SONA it did not shy away from tackling big issues. In my analysis, I will zoom my focus on to the federal states as proposed by the MLF and I will identify the basis for such a set up in an independent Mthwakazi.

Mthwakazi is made up of over 15 ethnic groups. In the past, some groups felt dominated by other groups, to be precisely, they felt dominated by the Nguni element in Mthwakazi nation. If there is one thing that different ethnic groups fear most in an independent state of Mthwakazi is that one ethnic group may start to dominate them again. Certain people view the struggle for an independent Mthwakazi as a struggle for ‘Ndebele' supremacy. They view ‘Ndebele' as synonymous to Nguni, no amount of explaining and telling the truth will persuade them to see the truth that ‘Ndebele' is a composition of all ethnic groups in Mthwakazi, if you remove anyone of them there is no Ndebele.

MLF in its proposal of five states seeks to address this great conundrum, to allay the fears of all ethnic groups in Mthwakazi and to equalize their statuses. This is a state of the art and ingenuity proposal or attempt at nation building which is akin to Mzilikazi's work as evidenced by the following MLF articulation "Mthwakazi is a harmonised multi-ethnic nation which was built by a great visionary in memorable history, Mzilikazi, in the 19th century valuing equality, loyalty and a common nationhood. The aim then and today was and still is to build a strong and vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-cultural nation underpinned by a common identity of belonging to one strong yet diverse nation. This is the vision of MLF which it still upholds to date cognizant of International and Regional statutes, such the Universal Bill of Rights"

Common nationhood and valuing of equality is fundamental in allaying fears and building aspirations of various ethnic groups in Mthwakazi. Without any doubt the MLF here has shown unparalleled understanding of a complex issue which threatens the struggle of an independent state of Mthwakazi. With this clarity, undertaking and commitment only those with a mischievous mind will continue questioning the validity of the Mthwakazi struggle and its outcome. Many had feared the outcome, now that the outcome has been explained succinctly and there is nothing to fear as it is now clear that all ethnic groups in an independent Mthwakazi will enjoy equal political, economical and cultural statuses. This should now cajole many into rejecting Zimbabweism and into accepting Mthwakaziness fully as the only hope for a better life for them,  and their offspring.

"The Restoration Agenda for Mthwakazi seeks to re-establish and foster common identity among Mthwakazi ethnicities, re-establish credible institutions of justice, peace and progress, afford Mthwakazi citizenry with political, socio-economic power and to enable this once powerful nation to determine its own destiny commensurate with its identity, ideals, cultures, attributes and ideology without undue interference from outside its known and well defined borders" wrote Dr Guduza.

The envisaged states of an independent Mthwakazi by the MLF are Zambezi, Mpumalanga, Nkabazwe, Bulilima and Limpopo. MLF sees the preventative advantages of such states in an independent Mthwakazi as follows:
  • the prevention of genocide and ethnic cleansing of any other national (ethnic) group ever occurring again in Mthwakazi.
  • the prevention of unfettered corruption evidenced by the ruling ZANU-PF party's use of the wealth of Mthwakazi to reward those groups or people who dare not raise any challenges to the despicable authoritarian and genocidal system in place.
  • the prevention of the desire to re-write the Constitution (usually entrusted to a few party faithful) to suit political objectives (the preservation of socio-economic and political power and corruption) that tend to change from time to time as marginalised groups, NGOs, multilateral bodies, churches and other human rights organisations challenge the existing dictatorship.
  • the prevention of the desire to control every activity that may not threaten the grip on power of those in power.
  • the prevention of the use of state terror and a brutal army to intimidate specific national (ethnic) groups, where the ruling party has no support.
  • the prevention of keeping large armies despite no clear enemies but reduced expenditures on health, education, and various other development programmes.
  • finally, the prevention of the growth of a pervasive state security apparatus that is publicly funded (by the taxpayers) and yet controlled by the Head of State directly or is placed under the direction of the ruling party.

Any struggle predicated on equality, fairness and meeting people's aspiration as espoused by the MLF is surely built on a rock, it is unshakable. The kind of maturity and clarity which MLF is now accustomed to is revolutionary in its make up is surely to boost the Mthwakazi people's self-confidence and self-belief which is needed in rediscovering the giants in each Mthwakazi citizen. The MLF five federal states will answer many questions in terms of the type of governance system which an independent Mthwakazi is most likely to employ.

Source - Thulani Nkala
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