MTHWAKAZI Liberation Front (MLF) on Friday wrote to South African Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, seeking protection of thousands of people from Matabeleland, who fled Zanu PF brutality and sought refuge in the neighbouring country since the Gukurahundi era to the recent wave of political disturbances.
BY SILAS NKALA
MLF acting president, Mpiyezwe Churchill Guduza, secretary-general, Andrea Sibanda and international relations secretary, Chrispen Nyoni asked for formal protection from King Zwelithini for the Mthwakazi citizens.
“ . . . the brief protection of the people of Mthwakazi, which we obediently seek from our great king, is subsequently addressed within the context of the following treatise and submission,” the letter reads.
“The scope of it being, that within the borders of present day Zimbabwe, we have two States, which were forcibly incorporated by the former colonial power, Britain in 1923, without the consent of the people of Mthwakazi. We request for an official appointment with Your Majesty at your convenience.”
The leaders said they wanted to tell King Zwelithini of the chaotic developments in Zimbabwe and brief him on their reasons for pushing for a separate State in Zimbabwe.
MLF leaders said the Mthwakazi people were originally from Zululand, hence, their decision to engage the Zulu King.
“Mthwakazians were in the current geographical location, as a result of the leadership and direction of the Zulu King Shaka KaSenzangakhona and the Zulu general, Mzilikazi kaMatshobane, who singularly built the nation of Mthwakazi.
“Conscious of the fact that as the Ndebele/Zulu people that are only separated by mere geographical location, we still regard ourselves as the subjects of the mighty Zulu kingdom. It is in this brief that, as Mthwakazi peoples, we highlight that we have endured so much suffering that a failure to meet His Majesty, the King, may mean meeting him after the Mthwakazi people would have involved themselves in the chaotic situation that is ensuing and developing in present day Zimbabwe.
“This maybe be done in self-defence and or parrying a repeat of what happened in the past, where a crack
battalion was unleashed on the innocent people, who were butchered in what is known as the Gukurahundi genocide.”