Leader fails to show up in Mthwakazi party launch

THE leader of the rogue Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) failed to turn up for the long-planned launch in Bulawayo yesterday.\r\n

MLF is a political party calling for the creation of a Ndebele State. However, its leader only identified as Mr General Nandinandi failed to turn up.

The skeletally attended launch, at Stanley Hall in Makokoba was also attended by  Mr Paul Siwela, Mr Agrippa Madlela who recently tried to stop the ZAPU Congress in Bulawayo through a high court injuction. The two have been to Zapu 2000, Zapu-Federal Party and recently Zapu led by Mr Dumiso Dabengwa attended the event.

During the meeting, the master of ceremonies, Mr Max Mkandla kept on telling the small crowd that Mr Nandinandi was somewhere in the city and was on his way to Stanely Hall. At some stage, Mr Mkandla would go out of the hall to phone and on his return tell the people to be patient with Mr Nandinandi, – who is based in South Africa.

However, Mr Mkandla, the party’s chairperson later gave up and called other speakers to address the crowd.

After that, he told the crowd that the "party leader" could not attend.

The new political party, whose roots are in Johannesburg in South Africa, has been operating as a pressure group since its inception in 2006.

The party says it is the legitimate voice of the people of Matabeleland and advocates the secession of Matabeleland from the rest of Zimbabwe.

In his remarks, MLF spokesperson, Mr David Magagula, said his party was different from other political parties in that its objective was to restore the Ndebele State established by King Mzilikazi before the advent of colonialism.

"Other parties are calling for devolution of power but we are calling for dissolution of power," said Mr Magagula. ‘‘We want Matabeleland to be reinstated to its position as a State as it was before 1923 so that we can be free and rule ourselves.

"This is the time for us to stand up and claim self determination in order to enjoy our rights."

Mr Magagula said his party had not yet decided whether or not to participate in next year’s elections but said they were still trying to mobilise support from the masses.

Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Siwela said the British government was the biggest enemy of the people of Matabeleland and should be held responsible for the problems affecting people in the region. Mr Siwela said Britain was reluctant to fund political movements championed by people from Matabeleland.