Exile is defined as "the condition or a period of living away from one's native country."
Kunjalo-nje, we often associate notions of exile with living outside of "Zimbabwe." Kodwa-ke, as the drive for an Ndebele and Mthwakazi revival gathers momentum, should we now revise this notion so that it means/includes those Mthwakazians living in Mashonaland(Harare, Maswinko, etc)? Currently, an Ndebele person living in Mashonaland does not consider him or herself exiled - the suggestion sounds absurd at first but is it?
The emotional and psychological battle for the restoration of the Ndebele State must now target those Mthwakazians living in exile in Mashonaland and think they're at 'home.' They must be made to identify with this notion of exile, as a way of getting them to connect with the wider Mthwakazi project. Living under the internal colonisation project that is Zanu, these Mthwakazians must repudiate the false sense of security that exile in Mashonaland provides.
If I, as a Mthwakazian living in Europe can be said to be exiled, it must follow that my brother/sister living in Chegutu is also exiled. Only if and when my brother/sister in Chegutu identifies with his/her Mthwakazi heritage and sheds the 'cold-comfort' blanket of Shona 'security' will the psychological battle for a Mthwakazi state be won.
Kwanele okwamanje bakwethu, ngizobuya futhi sengizwe kini ukuthi liyibona kanjani lendaba. Kunjalo-nje;
IBAMBENI, LINGAY'YEKI. SEBENZA!!
Impi iyoz'ilwe nini? Yithi umgoqo ovimb'esangweni!