Mthwakazi: ‘We are not tribal, but we want everything to be equal’
One of the most controversial political parties in Zimbabwe, Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP), have disagreed from labelled a tribal party during an exclusive interview with My Afrika Magazine.
The party spokesperson Velile Moyo who is currently based in South Africa informed this reporter during an interview, that the party’s vision is being misunderstood by many people. However, some citizens of Zimbabwe who have obtained knowledge about MRP do understand that the party’s major goal is to defend and protect the resources and people from Matabeleland and Midlands region.
“The primary objectives of MRP is to defend our resources and also defend our territory from native colonialism – Our struggle is not tribal it’s not about tribe in Matabeleland we have 16 tribes in our region that means we have nothing to do with tribalism. We are correcting the past,” said Moyo.
Moyo further added that part of their goal is to restore of what was Mthwakazi before boundaries were created in 1893.
Velile Moyo also said that they are taking the general elections as a platform to expose their support not only to the African Union but to the world. MRP has aspiring candidates in councillors and members of parliament however not across the whole Matabeleland and Midlands region. Something which was not expected by some of their supporters.
Moyo said, the fee that was gazetted played a major role as a barrier for their members to contest in the upcoming elections. He also added that fear that is among some of their party members of being political attacked violently also made them not to fill aspiring candidates in other areas.
When questioned if they are planning to go into any coalition with any political party, Moyo responded saying their party has not instructed their members on which presidential candidate that they can vote for or which political parties they can support where they haven’t placed any candidate.
“We didn’t make any decision on which party or president to vote for but we have encouraged MRP members to vote with their conscious to know who will save you,” said Moyo.