Back ngo 2002, Mbodlomani Gojwana, writing in the hard-hitting ' Indonsakusa
' publication said this about Ndebele leadership;
Leadership Part 1
The development of individual leaders is a possible and assailable task. Ndebele national traditions are still in place but need to be vigorously reinforced and coupled with a modernist approach which will take into account globalisation.
Leadership Part 2
Continuous assessment of the present plight of the Ndebele nation shows that these requirements can only remain an illusion if there is neither discussion nor appropriate steps taken to arrive at them. Abadala bathi ikhethwa ematholeni. This means that a Ndebele leader can only come from the present stock of individuals.
However, the circumstances which account for the fostering of these leaders seem to offer differences whereby propective leaders have emerged and tried to regroup by forming organisations, only for those organisations to disappear into thin air without making a significant impact on behalf of the Ndebele nation.
In conclusion, once the Ndebele nation takes the leadership vacuum issue seriously enough, they will realise that it is them and only them that can make that leader. On the other hand, those prospective individuals who have a potential to lead should be brave, work in tandem with the people and above all seek unity, otherwise sizabe siluqunga oluzama ukukhula egumeni, ebusika.
Bakwethu, liyizwa kanjani lendaba(no naming of names please,unless they are already public figures, to protect individuals)
Ngithe ngikhangela lokhu okutshiwo ngu Mbodlomani, 7 years after he wrote it, ngazibuza imibuzo eminengi ngaloludaba lwezi nkokheli zeSizwe sakithi.
Ngiqale ngokukhangela ukuthi abeTshabi benzani ukuthuthukisa inkokheli zabo ngathola ukuthi kabasabi iminyaka yomuntu. Noma emncane kanjani, iMDC ibathethe abakhaliphileyo abatshabi yabafaka ezikhundleni ezithuthukisa ubukhokheli babo. Bheka oChamisa, Learnmore,Biti nabanye abangene ephalamende njalo baphiwa 'cabinet-level' responsibilities kwi MDC bengaphansi kwe 30 iminyaka yokuzalwa.
Kwesethu isigaba, kangibaboni oChamisa bethu. Ngabe kwenziwa yini lokhu? Kungabe kuyisintu sethu esithi kufanele ubeyikhehla before ukhokhela? Namhla abetshabi bakhangele ukuthi uBiti kumbe uChamisa bakhokhele after uTshwankilani. Thina silabaphi abatsha abazamelana nabo Biti isikhathi singafika? Siyadelela kumbe siya meyisa umuntu kithi nxa emncane kodwa ekhokhela at 'cabinet-level'? Is it possible, for example, for the revived Zapu to have a 38 year old man/woman as Dabengwa's deputy so that they can take over the reins in 2-3 years' time? Would Zapu members 'delela' or doubt i wisdom yomuntu omncane kangako if engabakhokhela?
Ibambeni, lingay'yeki. Zabalaza!!