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The anti-democracy MDC is holding its Congress this week-end and its getting more publicity from liberal and pro-Shona media, especially the holier thn thou 'the zimbabwean' of Wilf Mbabnga.It is purported to be the real MDC, the hope and symbol of the people's aspirations of final deliverance.This is a very interesting development in that country's political landscape. Now where do we stand as Mthwakazi?

Some people were very sceptical of the MDC from the onset and cautioned those that jumped into this bandwagon warning that it has traces of the Zanu ideology of Shona hegemony, Shona supriority and some amongst us did not heed the warning but here we are today with two factions and the other being touted as the real people's party and the other a dissident faction. Dissident? Yes, and the word means a lot in Zim politics. It does not only mean renegade btu also a politcal skunk, a reactionary, a traitor who works hard to derail the revolution. Its a call to all patriots to eliminate one who has been labelled as such from society. The so-called pro-Senate faction is labelled opportunists, sell-outs, sissies working in cahorts with Zanu zealots to undermine the revolution. Is it the way that we are supposed to demonstrate nationhood, unity in diversity and oneness? I find it terrible frightening that some people have drunk whole-heartedly the poisonous doctrines propagated by Zanu since 1963.

I now solemnly agree that Zim is and would forever remain two nations in one country. It is painful to all patriots, disgusting to all Pan Africanists, paining to all people who truly believe that humanity is one, who have for a long time cherished the idea of unity across racial, tribal, regional lines. Zanu has poisoned our people and the damaged done is beyond repair. What this means to us the minority is that we should accept to forever remain underlings peeping between the legs of this Shona colusus to find ourselves dishonourable graves, to qoute Shakespeare.But is it that our fate is in the stars? Is it that we were destined to forever live in anguish fretting and fuming about our helplessness?

Tell me dear citizens, Tsvangirai is okay if he flouts the constitution, act dictatorial just because he is defending what fools deem is their turf - leadership of the struggle. Are we from a caste that has to be always led in content even head-long into an abyss? This trade unionists turned politician blantantly put it brave that he wont accept the majority decision of the National Council, that he did not care what others thought even if it meant split in the party. Should noble and honourable men and women in NC have pretended as if nothing was wrong and let him run the party as his fifdom? I think not.

Who then is a sell-out? The honourable men who took a rational decision to defend democracy in the party and called upon this conceited leader to heed the voice of the majority or himself? Methinks this men is the culprit, the enemy of the people for he knew from the start what his action would result in 'the split'. The fact that he even said he did not care even if it happens is indicative of his concious pursuit of premeditated result....and he succeeded.

My own analysis tells me that all the problems that bedevilled the leadership of the former MDC were results of a deliberate effort dislodge some members of the leadership that he and his kitchen cabinet saw as a future thret to their God sanctioned leadership of the party and ultimately of the nation. A Zanu-pf thread of thinking, " some are ethnic groups are born to lead others".

Therefore the preblem in that country is not Mad- Bob anymore but Zanu-pf ideology which unfortunately has poisoned too many people in the east that only culling can save the tow nations. This is rather alarming to say and sadly more frightening to act upon. In other words its impossible as it will make the sane behave as the insane. So how in this world of so complicated philosophies, do noble men and women live in happiness.In life as in marriage if the partners can not live together anymore they divorce.If animals in the animal kingdom can no longer co-habit they go in their separate ways. I think that is the struggle that is now facing us.

Tsvangirai is accepted by his anti- democracy faction because he did pecisely what they wanted..'get rid of the Mandewere'. He his a hero just like Mad Bob was to them when he fooled Ndabaningi and others to rebel and form Zanu.He is a hero to them just like when Mad Bob unleashed his dogs on a murdering spree in Mat and Midlands.To many people who have been indoctrinated by the Zanu ideology Bob is a lesser enemy than the "Madzviti".

What do we do then that we know the truth? Let us file for divorce without a waste of time. Let us let it be known to all and sundry that we can no longer be together as they have made co-existence unbearable.

Fear should not keep us in bondage for we shall be judged badly by posterity.

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Hayi uyayibeka muntu wakithi, kambe utsho ukuthi lalolu hlangothi olulamajaha akithi agoqela uncube ingabe ingacaci layo.?

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Mzala ,

Ameni ..... ushaye kwazwela mzala , yikhokanye , i divorce case efunekayo ,akesizameni ezinye indlela ezingazange zazanywa sibone zosibeka phi .... uyabona mina ngikhathele ngegama lika "UNITY" angazi lokhuthi lingesulwa njani lemibhalweni .

AYIHLOME MTHWAKAZI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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salibonani bantu bakwethu.Borrowed this article from the independent .hhayi kuzwisa ubuhlungu.

Nyarota's defence of Tsvangirai's dark side scary
By Michael Mtungwa

ONE of the nightmares I experienced as a youth growing up in Bulawayo in the early 1980s ? that is in between trying to find employment and escape the ravages of Gukurahundi ? was the failure to get a newspaper that could express the tribulations and despair of my fellow youths and the generality of the population in that city and region as a whole.

Depending on the Herald and the Chronicle in the whole country meant a horrible genocide that left 20 000 dead was virtually uncovered and remains a myth to the majority of the population in Zimbabwe today. The 20 000 is almost the same number as the losses suffered by Zimbabwe as a whole in the liberation war.

It was therefore with a heavy heart that I read Geoffrey Nyarota?s long, patronising article in the Financial Gazette of March 9, partly because I learnt later that Nyarota was one of the editors of the newspaper I resented during Gukurahundi. I suppose what made it worse is that the article came out a few days before March 13, the day 23 years ago that Joshua Nkomo fled Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom after enduring various forms of humiliation by the Zanu PF government.

In seeking to promote Morgan Tsvangirai ? against whom I have nothing ? and to portray Welshman Ncube as the leader of an ethnic club, Nyarota also sought to justify the senseless mass murders committed by Robert Mugabe?s government. I could not help but feel mad at his comparison of an act of lunacy that was ignored by the whole world to what he called ?the predatory raids? on Mashonaland by the Ndebeles? ?forefathers?. A number of Zanu PF politicians have used the same comparison when cornered to explain the genocide, notably ex-Zapu vice-president Joseph Msika, who has been accused of failing to control his tongue in his old age.

Not surprisingly, Nyarota believes the only development to read from Nkomo?s capitulation to Zanu PF is the creation of a one-party state and the demise of Zapu, which he accuses of having had a ?largely ethnic following?. He makes the same accusation of regional focus against Zapu 2000, but astonishingly leaves out the ZUD, a Harare-based grouping that never made any pretensions to being national. No thought is given to the thousands of lives that were saved in both Matabeleland and the Midlands and in Zimbabwe as a whole by Nkomo?s humiliating submission to a party he knew had no vision for the country, and whose bankruptcy of ideas is plain to everyone today.

The portrayal of Nkomo as a traitor for embracing the Unity Accord by comparing that act to Ncube?s alleged involvement in a plot to push for a government of national unity has been a common feature in the utterances of both Tsvangirai and senior members of his party, and shows how little our progressive leaders care about the plight of Gukurahundi victims.

Apart from steering away from the common reasons that led to the split in MDC, such as Tsvangirai?s rebellion against his national council, and indeed the obstinate resolve by Ncube and his colleagues to stick to a white elephant, Nyarota strives to show that there have been bad Ndebele leaders in Zanu PF as well, notably Jonathan Moyo and Enos Nkala, just as there have been Shona victims to Mugabe?s rule ? 300 he says, insinuating this should make the Ndebele stop what he portrays as playing the victim.

I will not seek to justify the loss of any human life, as Nyarota does, but comparing genocide to the killings that have taken place since the formation of the MDC is to express that you do not empathise with the hurt felt by the survivors of the genocide.

Nyarota also emphasises the ethnic angle to the split in the MDC, simply because Ndebele leaders Gibson Sibanda and Ncube led it. Notably, while the import of his argument is that ethnicity is behind much of the problems afflicting the MDC today, he places the blame on the leaders of one camp and leaves the ?mainstream? MDC, as he calls it, untouched. Where he criticises the ?mainstream? MDC, it is to advise it on how to proceed in future, such as whom a government it forms must work with.

What also baffles my mind is Nyarota?s eagerness to embrace Zanu PF leaders and sympathisers who have been complicit in the destruction of the country either as protagonists or cheerleaders while he trashes opposition leaders who have stood up to both Mugabe and opposition leader Tsvangirai.

Gideon Gono, Mutumwa Mawere, Oppah Muchinguri and Dumiso Dabengwa are therefore praised as progressive leaders alongside MDC members from Matabeleland who support or are perceived to support Tsvangirai, and these are the people he suggests Tsvangirai should work with. Arthur Mutambara is flogged for being an opportunist who joined a tribal band, and is advised to stay away from politics because he has been away for too long and has a PhD in robotics anyway. To bolster a perfect argument, Nyarota deliberately removes the context of Mutambara?s praise of Tsvangirai ? and Mugabe by the way ? and his anti-senate position.

However, what frightens me and indeed most of the victims of Mugabe?s rule since 1980 is that Nyarota?s views mirror the opinions of many people in civic society and among intellectuals in Zimbabwe today, some of whom he mentions by name. Like Nyarota, many of these leaders care little about whether Tsvangirai is right or wrong. Many of them waited until they realised he still has support, and then attacked his opponents using the same views expressed by Nyarota. In his lengthy essay, Nyarota also leaves out the violence perpetrated by Tsvangirai against members of his party last year, which was probably his way of fighting the plot Nyarota is alleging. Not even one of our boisterous civic groups condemned that orgy, because doing so would have cast aspersions on the moral authority of Tsvangirai.

If you ask me, I would say Zimbabweans want a president who will steer this country from the economic and political mess it is in, restore confidence in the population and re-establish meaningful relations with the international community, but beneath this lies the fact that Zanu PF poisoned our society to believe ruling is a preserve of the majority ethnic group, and this has been supported, both implicitly and explicitly, in business, politics and even in civic society and even by some of the most ?progressive? people in this country. To deny the xenophobia that exists between Shona and Ndebele in Zimbabwe and attack those who state the obvious is simply hypocritical. And hiding behind one?s tribal bigotry by pointing fingers at others and dodging pertinent issues is hardly the way to address the crisis in Zimbabwe now.

For all the talk about a united front and Zanu PF abuses since 2000, none of the leaders in the civil society groups, most of whom are based in Harare, have mentioned that by far the biggest crime Zanu PF has committed since Independence is the Gukurahundi atrocities. Some of these leaders still prefer the safety of referring to these as ?disturbances?. At the same time, it is the common language of the Zimbabwean press that the MDC is Zanu PF?s biggest challenge since Independence? Really? A challenge that cost 20 000 lives to put down and became a lost cause because of xenophobic politics is relegated simply because those who coin our language are now feeling the pinch as well.

The disappointing thing for one who lived through the horrors of Gukurahundi is that little has changed. Many of these academics and civil society leaders either cheered Mugabe on or happily looked away when the 5th Brigade rampaged through Bulawayo and Matabeleland. Many of them would also accuse Ndebele victims of Mugabe?s brutality of thinking all the Shona are guilty of the atrocities. Not that they think this is the situation, but because by so doing, they think they exorcise the part they played during that time, for not only Mugabe and Zanu PF will be charged with genocide should that time come, but also the various editors and opinion leaders who helped him cover up the crimes from the world.

It is also depressing that many of these opinion leaders, just like Mugabe, have not changed. Mugabe committed crimes against humanity in the 1980s because of the support he received when he made inflammatory speeches and accused his opponents of being tribalists and traitors simply because many among their leaders belonged to a different ethnic group and rejected his one-party state notion.

Like Mugabe, Tsvangirai too can become a despot after being encouraged to disregard internal democracy in his own party, and after seeing that even sinking to the violence he condemns in Zanu PF will not earn him any reprimand, so long as he chooses his victims carefully.

It was admirable for Tsvangirai to state that the senate, just like parliament by the way, will not change the suffering Zimbabweans are going through, but this self-serving stance cannot be used to cover up the dark side he has exhibited through all this.

* Michael Mtungwa is a Zimbabwean writing from South Africa.

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Mtungwa!!

Uyibeka kahle wethu,ONyarota et al are the ethnic intellectuals propagating the venomous doctrine of Shona supremacy hiding false facades of impartiality and objectivity.
Sikhathele .. i MDC ngebatshabi mfowethu eyomdeni ayingenwa!

Fear will only ensure our eternal subjectivity

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I MDC yi Zanu pf.MADODA THIS PARTY CAME UPON THE SCENE NOT BEARING ITS BADGE UPON ITS SLEEVES BUT DRESSED AS MDC.IN PRINCIPLE TO BE EFFECTIVE THEY HAD TO COME IN A DIFFERENT FORM,MAKE US BELIEVE THEY WERE AN OPTIMISTIC PARTY.LITTLE DID THEY KNOW UKUTHI SIZABABONA.IN PRACTICE ,HOWEVER,THE SO CALLED MDC,WHILE PURPORTING TO MAKE A CHANGE,ALSO TRY TO INTRODUCE THAT SHONAISM.THE WHOLE THING IS NO LONGER PROPORTIONATE AS WE WOULD EXPECT IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.NXA KUYI PARTY EZWAYO WHY BENGAFAKI I NDEBELE LEADER. THEY ARE ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND LOOKING FOR A SHONA LEADER WHICH MEANS YINTO YESISHONA.

I WILL NEVER REJOICE THE REBIRTH OF A SHONA NATION

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">originally posted by waMalikongwa
now solemnly agree that Zim is and would forever remain two nations in one country. It is painful to all patriots, disgusting to all Pan Africanists, paining to all people who truly believe that humanity is one, who have for a long time cherished the idea of unity across racial, tribal, regional lines. Zanu has poisoned our people and the damaged done is beyond repair. What this means to us the minority is that we should accept to forever remain underlings peeping between the legs of this Shona colusus to find ourselves dishonourable graves, to qoute Shakespeare.But is it that our fate is in the stars? Is it that we were destined to forever live in anguish fretting and fuming about our helplessness? </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That is the painful trueth mfowethu,MDC is just just just as vicious as Zanu pf,the whole thing was designed to full the arch-enermy that is the Ndebele(Madzviti) as they call us.It is unfortunate that people like Ncube and Mdawini with their desire to see their people free were fooled by these people who have very deceiving tactics,they pretendend as if they were against each other but at the end the day they are fighting towards one goal,which is to get rid of the Ndebele.

Kuyadanisa njalo ukuthi bakhona abasese buthongweni,abakuboniyo lokhu abanjengo Nyathi,Into ekhona nje yikuthi abantu bakaMthwakazi ababambane bazihlubule kubo lababantu,some people might say it will never happen but sure it will because even Smith said that country was never going to be ruled by blakes in a thousand years but within a blink of an eye he was toppled and he had to eat his hamble pie

Mina nje ngithi ayihlome!!!!!!!!!! <img border="0" alt="kill" title="" src="graemlins/kill.gif" />

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Bafowethu.

I CANNOT AGRREE MORE.

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