New radical Matebeleland political party on the cards

A new political party, Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF), will be launched on Tuesday at Bulawayo’s cradle of politics, Stanley Hall in Makokoba.

The party has fired a salvo dismissing other parties in the region as not representative of the Matabeleland region.

In an interview with NewsDay, the spokesperson of the new party, David Magagula, said the launch would be attended by the party’s membership which he claimed runs into “millions” and other political players.

“Our membership runs into millions. Some are in both factions of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zapu and Zanu PF.

They are members of those parties but we know that deep in their hearts, and according to what they tell us about those parties, they are our members. We also represent a wide range of people from Matabeleland.

“We have invited some political organisations, churches, media houses and anybody interested. It is the launch of a political party and all political organisations we have invited have promised to attend but we will see if they will keep their promises,” Magagula said.

Magagula said MLF was formed on June 6 2006 in South Africa by Zimbabweans from Matabeleland who are based in that country.

The party has been active in South Africa and has actively used the Internet, especially Facebook, to mobilise Zimbabweans “The major objective is to liberate the people of Umthwakazi. It is because of the marginalisation of the people of Matabeleland who are seen as part of Zimbabwe yet they are not, even in treatment,” he said.

The MLF spokesperson dismissed Zapu, MDC-M, MDC-T and Zanu PF as one and the same thing that only had representation in the region.

“I don’t think there are many political parties in Matabeleland because what you are talking about parties like Zapu, Zanu PF and the MDCs they are Zimbabwean parties found in Matabeleland. Zapu and the MDCs are nothing but extensions of Zanu PF. MLF is the only political party for and by the people of Matabeleland,” he said.

Magagula said his party was yet to decide if it would contest in the next elections.

“I cannot say for now. If we will be contesting in the next elections will be decided in a pre-launch meeting tomorrow (Monday),” he said.

The spokesperson said the leadership of the party was already there and would be unveiled at the launch. – NewsDay