Salutations to all!
As I extend my cordial greetings to all of our people, the people of Mthwakazi in their diversity comprising eight different linguistic communities, located in the 14 districts of Mthwakazi, and comprising one great nation, and indeed the world at large, I must confess that I feel the great honor to present the first cabinet of the People’s Government of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi (FREM). It should be noted that it took 128 years of domination, subjugation and humiliation (including 87 years of European colonial rule and 41 years of hegemonic rule of ZANU-PF Shona) for the people of Mthwakazi to arrive. at this truly historic moment. . It is therefore with great pleasure and relief that I present the very first temporary cabinet as follows:
President of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi: Dr Churchill Mpiyesizwe Guduza
Minister of International Relations and Trade: Mr. Edmos Khumalo
Minister of Finance and Economic Development: Mr. Artwell Mnguni
Minister of Defense: Mr. Nkosilathi Mkhwananzi
Minister of the Interior: Ms. Cebisani Dube
Minister of National Statistics: Mr. Gift Ngwenya
Minister of Lands and Mineral Resources: Mr. Nkululeko Sibangani Nyathi
Minister of Local Government, Housing and Transport: (Pending confirmation)
Minister of Women, Disabled People and Youth: Ms. Thandi Nkomo
Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism: Ms. Patricia Tshabalala
Minister of Infrastructure Development and Investment: Mr. Joel Mpofu
Minister of Communication and Technology: Mr. Chrispen Khalipha Nyoni
It is important to stress that these appointments are made up of solid people who have been working behind the scenes for several years. They all participated in impeccable preparations for the establishment of the sovereign state of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi (FREM). Behind this team of dedicated and determined leaders is a huge and formidable bureaucratic team who have worked tirelessly day and night. Further appointments in the department are in the works and will be announced in due course. For now, this team of dedicated and insightful leaders will develop and execute the strategy for the formal establishment of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi. I must mention that the support for our cause is staggering and overwhelming.
It is perhaps the first cabinet in all of Africa that is sincerely and unwaveringly dedicated to the full emancipation and rapid development of a subjugated, dominated and humiliated people. Soon, this team will start working on processes to develop our voters list, which will be compiled by the Mthwakazi Independent Transitional Election Commission (IMCS). The same transitional IMCS will be responsible for organizing the first free and fair elections in the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi (FREM). In the meantime, this team of dedicated Mthwakazi leaders will begin to identify leaders for interim appointment as district governors in the 14 districts of Mthwakazi.
The Federal Republic of Mthwakazi has as its capital the city of Bulawayo, which predates European colonialism. It should be remembered that when the Matebeleland Order in Council of July 18, 1894 was enacted following the destruction of Mthwakazi State in 1893, Bulawayo was already the seat of government in Mthwakazi. It is therefore of significant historical significance that we re-grant the status of capital to the historic town of Bulawayo.
As I have said repeatedly in my previous communications, we intend to formally establish the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi by peaceful means, and in doing so, we will abide by the rules of international law. It is up to the State of Zimbabwe to return the favor by recognizing and respecting our right to self-determination. These provisional appointments and transitional institutions are therefore part of the preparatory work for the possible official establishment of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi. We cannot aspire to self-determination and fail to strategically prepare for it. We cannot make the same mistake as many new states in Africa, and even around the world, by starting to shape state institutions after their formal establishment. It is a recipe for instability and a missed opportunity for rapid development. The people of Mthwakazi are too big and too smart to make this mistake.
As I said before, the institutions of Mthwakazi derive from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi, which is the supreme law of our country. From this supreme law we now have the national flag, the national emblem and the national anthem. We are now in the process of designing and developing the passport, identity card, birth certificate and our national currency, the Mthwakazi dollar. Below is the sample of our passport as developed by our technical team.
It is important to stress that we are not going to beg anyone to be allowed to govern ourselves. We are simply announcing it to anyone who will listen to us, because there is no need to beg anyone for the right to rule us in our own country.
Only those who are determined to continue subduing the people of Mthwakazi will be worried about our preparations for the inevitable. It is not our intention to go to such people to disturb them of anything, as we are satisfied with what we have in Mthwakazi. We just need to be alone and develop ourselves the best we can in peace and quiet. It is our intention to have good relations with all of our neighbors and we will not expect anyone to obstruct our own self-determination from anyone.
Those who need justifications as to why we made this bold move should know unequivocally that 128 years of subjugation are real and have stunted our development. Every day under the Shona system of hegemony is too long a day. We can no longer endure the suffering and humiliation inflicted by murderers, rapists, thugs and looters. To those who still want to bring our people back to subjugation, domination and humiliation, what will it take for you to rethink and be ashamed of your collaboration? When will you understand that we risk total annihilation as a people if we fail to assert our self-determination? Do you really
think that by participating in the Zimbabwe political project, you will suddenly be recognized as full human beings? Please wake up from your sleep and smell the coffee.
As I said before, our condition as the people of Mthwakazi is not necessarily due to the current crop of Zimbabwean political leaders (okay, some of them are directly responsible for the genocide, the rapes, the torture and ritual killings inflicted on us) but it is because the ethnic hatred that has been sown by ZANU-PF and the tribal apartheid system that it continues to execute is so deep that no change government in Zimbabwe will never improve our condition. It will not happen today. It won’t happen tomorrow. It won’t happen in a thousand years. It is in fact also in the interest of the Shona and their future generations that they be freed from the slavery of hating us. They need this divorce from Mthwakazi because only then can they wake up and fight for their rights and development as citizens of their country, Zimbabwe. As good citizens of the world, the inhabitants of Mthwakazi will undoubtedly support them in their fight for democratization. But we can only do this as neighbors.
In conclusion, it is important to categorically state that the people of Mthwakazi are determined to complete what they have started. Nothing under and above the sun will stop them. Providence is on our side. The right of the inhabitants of Mthwakazi to defend themselves remains reserved. We will continue to prepare for the establishment of our own institutions, which will include, inter alia, the Mthwakazi Armed Forces and competent and human rights-oriented civilian police forces at the federal and district levels. These institutions are prescribed by the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi.
The establishment of the provisional cabinet of the Federal Republic of Mthwakazi must therefore be understood within the framework of the reflection as presented in this brief. There is still a lot of work to be done. We call on all of our people wherever they are – entrepreneurs, educators, health experts, engineers, artisans, farmers and everyone to make this dream come true.
I thank you.
Dr Churchill Mpiyesizwe Guduza