Mthwakazi ready to hoist own flags and coat of arms - Siwela

Mthwakazi ready to hoist own flags and coat of arms - Siwela
Published: 20 July 2015 (3169 Views)

EXILED leader of Matabeleland Liberation Organisation (MLO), Paul Siwela, has outlined radical plans that targets 2018 to push through the secession of Matabeleland and Midlands provinces from the rest of the country.

Siwela said they were ready to hoist their new flag, unveil new coat of arms and national anthem as they prepare to lead the new independent state.

He said once the independent state is established, they will assemble a 30 000 strong defence force, to defend the territory of the new state.

Siwela skipped the country at the end of last year, while on trial for treason together with two other executive members of Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF).

Siwela, a losing presidential candidate in the 2002 elections, Charles Thomas, 44, and war veteran John Gazi, 54, pleaded not guilty treason and seeking to overthrow a constitutionally elected government charges.

"The people of Matabeleland have been suffering discrimination since 3 November 1893 when they lost their independence and sovereignty and suffered genocide even under President Robert Mugabe who has falsely projected himself as a pan africanist yet he is an anti-thesis of pan africanism.

"The people of Matabeleland have resolved to combine their efforts and work towards establishing their independence from Zimbabwe which is a colonial construct being a successor to Rhodesia. Remember there was no country called Zimbabwe before 18 April 1980," said Siwela.

A 30 000 strong defence force to defend the territory of the new state, will be assembled.

"Once Matabeleland has been established as a state, you expect the following to shape and take place immediately and benefit its citizens, 30 000 strong Matabeleland Defence Force that would include the ground force and 10 percent of that being the air force to defend and protect our territorial integrity, 10 000 Matebeleland Police Force, 3 000 Matabeleland Correctional Services, 100 000 civil service that would include district, provincial and central government, some would be absorbed in the agriculture,mining,tourism,services,a few parastatals and state owned entities, industry and wild life.

"All these jobs would only be occupied by Matabeleland citizens and our government would further help our business people with funding for their businesses and this would bring the end of suffering in Matabeleland and our people will be in charge of their destiny and join the family of nations and regain their dignity and self-esteem," said Siwela.

He also castigated President Robert Mugabe for overseeing the collapse of the economy, which has had detrimental effects in the Matabeleland region, leading to the closure of once vibrant industry.

"Zimbabwe is a failed state and is heading towards abyss. It is for this and other reasons like gross abuse of human rights, corruption, matebele genocide and lack of accountability and abuse of office by government and failure to address Matebeleland political grievances that the current situation shall deliver the birth of the republic of Matebeleland," charged Siwela.

It is not clear whether Siwela's planned move will gain traction in the region, which has for a long time blamed the ruling party of marginalisation.

If Siwela's ambitious and seemingly far fetched plan sees the light of day, the Mthwakazi state will be the latest state to secede following South Sudan which separated from Sudan in 2011.

- Byo24News

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