A contributor above (Original thrower) undertakes to suggest that one should support a political party with the same zeal and fervour as one does a local football team. Quite clearly this is misguided to say the least, for supporting a football team requires blind faith, unquestioning loyalty and undying faith and belief approaching religious zeal, to stick with that football team through thick and thin, win, lose or draw. Support for a political party cannot, in essence and for the marjority of people, be cast in the narrow terms of blind faith and unquestioning loyalty since it leads one to voting for a party that may very well be long past it "best before" date. Of course each and every political party will have its band of zealots and fanatics but these should be in the minority of the population. Blind faith and unquestioning allegiance have no place ina democratic dispensation. For the marjority the decision whether to vote for a party or not should be based on pragmatism (and not dogma) and practical considerations i.e which party is best placed to give rise to conditions that enable one to meeet ones's aspirations. Thus casting a vote in any one election for a particular party does not neccessarily imply life long sympathy to that party. To that end is it correct to describe those that voted for the MDC in the elections of June 2000 as life-long supporters of the MDC?
Are not where we are now precisely because of blind faith and unquestioning loyalty to one political party???
Lobengula - it is patently not true that the marjority of MDC supporters are of Mthwakazi origin. The concerns expressed above of conflating casting a vote in an election and being a lifelong supporter not withstanding a survey of the 2000 elections results reveals the following :-
MDC votes in Mat South - 91,747
Zanu votes in Math Sout - 56,165
Total votes cast in Mat South - 154,636
MDC - 105,492
Zanu-pf - 30,062
total votes cast - 143,425
MDC - 142,379
Zanu-pf - 22,350
The total number of MDC votes in Matebeleland as a whole was 339618
The total number of MDC votes in the elections was - 1,171,051. This means that Matebeleland in toto represented less than 30% of the total votes received by the MDC.
In general a lot has been said about secession and federalism in this site over the past few days and months. Personally speaking the debate has generated much heat but very little light. I have read that Zapu must be revived to carry the fight to Mgodoyi but i have not been told how exactly Zapu will carry this fight.In another thread, an august gentleman (whose name I shall not mention for fear of beig accused of lauching a vitriolic personal attack) has had the temerity to suggest that the MDC has done nothing about issues and matters dear to Matebeleland. He cites lack progress vis a vis the completion of Nust, the pipeline from the Zambezi and a whole host of developmental issues as evidence of MDC ineptitude. Implict in his posting is the subliminal suggestion that had people voted for his Zapu then things might have been different. Yes a vote for his Zapu in 2000 would have meant that as we speak NUST would be done and dusted, the piple line would be well on its way Bulawayo from the Zambezi. Of course this is patently not true his Zapu like the MDC that he condemns would have done as much as the MDC - precisely nothing about these issues save for a few empty speeches that no one would have paid any attention to in parliament. The august gentleman is palying fast and loose with the truth here, he is a playing a game not of politics but POLITRICKS (!) I suspect and strongly so that the gentleman knows fully well that the MDC has done nothing about these issues because the MDC does not have the wherewithal to do otherwise - so too his beloved Zapu since neither party would be the party of and in government. This is because the system currently in place is such that only a party in government has the wherewithal to influence governement policy and its implementation.
I have read how Zapu won the hearts and minds of the people in election 2000. That statement leaves me confused - Whose hearts and whose minds did Zapu win? Didn't Zapu fail to win a single seat in the very region whose hears and minds it had won? Far from winning the hearts and minds, Zapu's dismal perfomance in those elections seems more like a slap in the face, a kick in the teeth and a jackboot up the bollocks (excuse my French)
I have read that the Shona are not to be trusted- I have read that to a man, woman and child the Shona are united by their disdain, distrust, disgust, and utter disregard for things and people Mthwakazi. I have been told that coursing in Shona veins is not blood but hatred for the people Mthwakazi and all that they stand for. In essence Shona people should only be trusted in so far as one can throw however millions of them there are. Yet astonishingly I am told that the way forward to a Ndebele utopia is through peaceful and mediated negotiation with these very same demagogues!!!!! Something somewhere is not quite right and someone somewhere is not quite telling the truth. Either that or there is a lack of joined up thinking!!
I have read that Ndebele people are perpetual and perennial victim amongst others- victims of nationalism and Shona men impregnating Ndebele wome at every turn- left, right and center. Personally speaking I have no knowledge of a single Ndebele woman who has been impregnated by a Shona man. I have not met a single one and neither have my friends and acquintances!! So where exactly are these hordes of women with their bastard children? Where are they hiding? Why are they hiding? And that is not all to top this incredible story I am told that independence for Matebeleland is the way to go. But I am not told how independence will stop Shona men from planting their dirty seed in our clean Matebele women unless of course the new independent Matebeleland is a police state that will ethnically cleanse the region faster than you or I can say "boo"
I read of people talking of constituences, stating their views as if they are doing so for and on behalf of a people. I have always laboured under the impression that here at Inkundla the views and opinions that we express are our own and that none of us have a constituency or a mandate.
Speaking of constituences and a mandate a new website has been spawned. I am of course referring to the UMR website. I have had occasion to speak to a few friends, relatives and acquaintances unfortunate enought to be stuck in Mgodoyiland. None of them have heard of this august organisation! Of course my straw poll is highly unscientific and is therefore not representative of the whole of Matebeleland but get this, UMR is an organisation that is fighting and campaigning for the rights of the people of Matebeleland. Surely at least one of my friends and family ought to have heard of them by now after all these people are championing their fight and their cause. But nada, squat, zilch absolutely nothing at all. It is either my friends and family are one ignorant bunch or UMR is an organisation that exists in cyberspace. Gee, whizz how dandy is that - get few geeky, pimply and spotted nerdish friends, set up a web site and hey presto we have an organistion that no one has heard of fighting for the independence of Matebeleland!!!! Something somewhere is not quite right
What we have here is a bunch of the elite and privileged few, however sincere, pontificating about the fate of the under priviledged and the disadvantaged marjority. Thus it is taken as a given that the people of Matebeleland want a federal state or indeed independence when there is not a shred of evidence that backs this up, that Zapu is much beloved and that we are all slavishly loyal to it. The problem with many of the things that I read here are that the solutions that one reads here are top-down solutions i.e the elite and the priviledged few have assumed the mantle that they know better and know what is good for the many even if the many do not yet know it!!!! Federalism is a 100% certainity writes one august writer. Indeed it is since it would be campaigned for on a false prospectus namely that of a utopian dream of streets paved in gold and coated in diamonds, of a land of flowing milk and bountiful honey once the heinous Shona have been sent packing across the Shangani. Indeed whither Zimbabwe, whither Matebeleland or should that be wither Zimbabwe