MTHWAKAZI Liberation Organisation (MLO) leader Paul Siwela has surfaced on the Internet, lashing out at the government for allegedly relegating the late Vice-Joshua Nkomo to a regional hero.
Siwela, facing arrest after failing to attend court for his treason trial, said the erection of Nkomo’s statue in Bulawayo only served to confirm that Zimbabwe was a divided country.
MLO is a secessionist organisation pushing for the creation of a “Mthwakazi” state.
Siwela yesterday took to social network site Facebook declaring that the location of the statue in Bulawayo confirmed “people in Harare knew it too, that ‘we have two countries’.”
“Besides Nkomo is claimed to be Father Zimbabwe; why confine him to Matabeleland and not have him with his name and statues erected(all round) Zimbabwe,” he said.
“It confirms what we are fighting for because the people in Harare know it too that we have two countries.”
He claimed Matabeleland was forced to join with Mashonaland in 1894 after it had been defeated by the colonialists.
“Why would they confine his name to the region when we have a Robert Mugabe Way in nearly every city and town in the country?” he asked.
Siwela is believed to have jumped the border to an unknown destination after threats were reportedly made on his life. He accused the police of failing to protect him.
Siwela wrote a letter that was produced at the High Court explaining the reasons for his disappearance.
The letter written on August 24 was handed over to the trial judge Justice Nicholas Ndou three weeks ago.
He was issued with a warrant of arrest on December 3 after he failed to turn up for a ruling in an application for discharge at the close of the State case.
He was supposed to have appeared together with his co-accused Charles Thomas and John Gazi. Gazi has since been acquitted of the treason charges. Thomas will return to court on January 7 for continuation of trial.