Mthwakazi Free State, Country of Peace, Country of Prosperity and Progress
Like a colossus, UMR is emerging from the ashes of national tragedy, of century-old oppression and betrayal. We have been conspired against, cheated and robbed of political victory when victory was ours. We have been wronged, killed, pushed around, provoked and taunted by our tormentors. They force-feed us the language of a unity they know does not exist. They know it to be an insult and intend it to be so. They have displayed death and mutilation to terrorise us so we can never, ever contemplate re-grouping. Yes, they long wrote the obituary of the Mthwakazi, as a people, as a political force. They were wrong, very wrong.
Uyinqobile Mthwakazi iGukurahundi, hatshi ngezikhali zempi kodwa ngobuzwe bakho zwi. Yes, we defeated Gukurahundi and they know it. In the end they hauled Joshua Nkomo from the political wilderness to come and save them face from a war they knew they would never win. Today they wave a phony ‘Unity Accord’ as a shield against uMthwakazi’s power they are so afraid of. It was never going to work. Nangu uMTHWAKAZI useyihlela eyeSizwe SoHlanga.
Mthwakazi leli esizalakha kakho ozafa alidhiliza. Behluleka abaMhlophe ukuchitha uMthwakazi. UMugabe weza ethi nguye iqili elikhulu kulawowonke. Namhlanje udinga intunja yokungena kayiboni. Eqinisweni kayikho. Kamqonde uMthwakazi ngoba namhla uMthwakazi usembheke emehlweni.
Alibuye elikaMthwakazi! Ngoba ngelethu.
Mthwakazi Free State Regions and Capitals
UMR’s Country Map shows our country’s Regions and Capitals. For now we call our political divisions Regions. After our independence, we will call them Provinces. We will then have Provincial Governments headed by a Premier following the model in South Africa. We will include elements of monarchical and traditional rule within all provincial governments to reflect the strong traditional believes of our people.
Presently we have five Regions, as follows: Mpumalanga ( the Capital is Gwelu); Nkabazwe (the Capital is Bulawayo); Zambezi (the Capital is Wankie); Bulilima (the Capital is Dette) and Limpopo (the Capital is Beitbridge). Each Province will be headed by a Premier and Members of the Executive Council of Provinces (MECs or some other such designation). The areas of competence of the Provincial Governments will be defined by the Country Constitution of UMR. Traditional leaders and royal functionaries will be factored in at the Provincial Government level.
MegaCity of Bulawayo, Our Capital City
Bulawayo remains the most cosmopolitan city in present-day Zimbabwe. We must keep it that way. But we want to go further and allow different nationalities to come and work in our country in order to enrich our culture and enhance our expertise. Bulawayo must become a truly global city boasting a cultural diversity which compares with that of any world-class city. We want it to be Africa’s true capital.
For this reason we will transform Bulawayo from a city into a MegaCity. We will commission a firm of architects and local government planners to produce a model for a mega city. We expect a new Logo for the MegaCity and new facilities appropriate for Bulawayo’s new status. Our theme for Bulawayo is: Building a World Class City for the International Citizen. We invite you all to dream Mthwakazi. Give us your suggestions and comments.
King Lobengula’s last official residence was eNyokeni. At the time of the destruction of the Ndebele Kingdom, eNyokeni stood where the present State House is in Bulawayo. Lobengula himself had taken the name from his birthplace of Zululand. In line with our tradition, we propose tol call our State House eNyokeni. This will help revive our time-honoured names and erase the memories of defeat at the hands of colonialism.
The present State House must be demolished and a new one built on the same site.
UMhlahlandlela will be our Parliament, and will be housed at a complex of the same name, KoMhlalandlela. A suitable and central site for Mhlahlandlela has been identified in the nation’s capital of Bulawayo. Note: UMhlahlandlela is proposed as the name for the independence negotiating forum of MTHWAKAZI.
IHawu (Ministry of Defence)
IHawu will be the Ministry of Defence, and will be housed in a complex of the same name, not very far from the site proposed for Mhlahlanhlela. It derives its name from the name we have given our present struggle for independence, Impi yeHawu leSizwe. True to its name, the Ministry of Defence will be the Shield of the Nation, iHawu. We propose an office complex to be built in the shape of a shield like the American Pentagon from which that famous landmark takes its name.
Mthwakazi Free State GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM
As its name clearly spells out, UMR is proposed as a strong republic, but with strong devolution to enhance popular and local participation and ownership of structures of government. While the influence of the South African government must be obvious, which itself is a high breed of the Germany Constitution, we will explore ways to go further with devolution and incorporate traditional aspects of governance into our system. We believe our people desire this. The debate we are inviting about the Ndebele Monarchy is to thoroughly explore this question.
We propose to have a three-tier system of government consisting of the National, Provincial and Local Government. Within the Provincial Government, we propose to factor in the monarchy and its attendant structures, the chiefs, for example. The precise workings of such a scheme will be left to the drafting teams. We will be putting up this issue as a Debating Topic in our Discussion Forum. Readers are invited to participate fully.
Following on from the point above, we propose to establish a constitutional, ceremonial monarchy rather than an absolute monarchy. The difference between a constitutional monarchy and an absolute monarchy is that a constitutional monarchy does only those things permitted it by the Constitution. On the other hand, an absolute monarchy, at least in principle, does what it pleases. The only remaining example of such a monarchy is the Swazi Monarchy (even this is not completely absolute). All other monarchs are variants of constitutional monarchy.
The only problem we envisage is that the monarchy might rekindle the same quarrels that divided the nation at the time of the installation of Lobengula whose ascension to the throne remains controversial to this day. However, because there are strong feelings for a monarchy from a substantial section of our society, it is wise to let the issue be debated widely. A referendum to resolve the issue may be necessary when UMR attains its independence.
If the monarchy is adopted by Mthwakazi, we propose that Old Bulawayo be turned into a fully functional city hosting the Royal Palace. Historians will advise the best name to be given to the Palace. In view of the fact that royal role is envisaged at the level of Provincial Government, the monarchy will be a significant employer and it might be wise to support its establishment. The King or Queen and supporting structures will draw a salary approved by Mhlahlandlela (Mthwakazi Parliament). The Royal structure will also have to generate its own income in a variety of ways. We can learn these from existing monarchies such as in England, Norway, The Netherlands, Japan etc.
The monarchy in many parts of the world remains a strong force for political stability and unity. This unifying and stabilization influence may prove vital to Mthwakazi’s longevity.
MTHWAKAZI FREE STATE Matabeleland Maps Mthwakazi Free State
Prosperity and Progress
Mthwakazi Free State Web Portal Matabeleland Postal Stamps MATABELELAND INFORMATION LINKS
COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATIONS
OF HUMAN RIGHTS 2011
THE MATABELE CAMPAIGN
Narrative of the Campaign in Suppressing the Rising in Matabeleland 1896
VIDEOS Position Paper of Mthwakazi Mkhwakazi Free State
common vision and shared values
Interim MPC officials THE POLITICAL STRUGGLE FOR MTHWAKAZI’S NATIONHOOD
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