Zimbabwe Needs To Engage Tribal Differences : Ndlovu

Ndlovu was addressing a crowd of activist, students and political party leaders attending a three day workshop in Johannesburg, Saturday.

One of Zimbabwe’s accomplished actors urged fellow countrymen to be tribal conscious when discussing Zimbabwean political and social life.

“Tribalism affects all people on different levels and Zimbabwe needs an all inclusive and holistic approach on addressing this plague that threatens to divide the country into two”, said Ndlovu.

“Due to atrocities committed in the first decade of Zimbabwe’s independence most people coming from the Shona tribe feel a collective responsibility while people from Matabeleland feel collective victim hood”, lamented Ndlovu.

Bongani Nyathi, an educator and activist from Zimbabwe in support of Ndlovu added that “tribalism in Zimbabwe has been institutionalised and this can be seen in every sector of which some are education, health and business”.

The meeting was also addressed by prominent human rights lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo who urged Zimbabweans to confront Harare dictatorship head-on as it was not going to be easy to force the Mugabe regime to collapse through elections and legal instruments.

Mlilo who confessed of not being tolerant to violence said there was need for Zimbabweans to device political strategies as the end of Mugabe’s thirty year autocratic rule would be lost or won in that terrain.

The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum took a swipe on political party leaders who segregate citizens on the basis of sexual orientation saying “what two consenting adults do in closed bedrooms has nothing to do with the state from a human rights perspective”.

ZEF added that there was a need for more participation from women in political processes contrary to the current dispensation where they feature prominently as victims of rape and abuse by section of some political parties.

The National Constitutional Assembly regional coordinator Munjodzi Mutandiri called on the government of Zimbabwe to grant the diaspora community a right to vote regardless of perceived political affiliations.

The facilitator of the workshop Betsie Pendry of the Living Together Institute urged Zimbabweans to continue engaging in their country’s political discourse and also draw lessons from countries who were under similar conditions before.

The workshop entitled Challenges, Conflicts and Opportunities attracted close to 70 participants from political formations, civic society and students. Among other organizations who attended the workshop were Movement for Democratic Change, Creative Writers and Arts Workshop, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and Democracy Begins In Conversation.