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The Tonga People in Zimbabwe: A forgotten people. 

For many years the Tonga people (a semi-nomadic people) lived peacefully along both sides of the Zambezi River in North-Western Zimbabwe. They cultivated alluvial soils based on recession agriculture which depended on the flood regime of the river. The Tonga people could harvest crops twice a year and were seldom afflicted by hunger and famine. The river valley provided them with wild animals as...

"There is nothing like a Zimbabwean culture. There are Zimbabwean cultures." 

Kucaca Phulu visited Budapest on the 28th February, as a delegate of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. Also stopping by in Geneva and Brussels, as part of its European-wide advocacy tour, the network aimed to ensure that progressive policies and actions were taken by the European Union concerning Zimbabwe. Phulu is the president of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and a member of the country's...

Indigenous Chichewa dictionary launched in Malawi  

The Chichewa Dictionary has just been launched in Malawi.Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu spoken language. It is the national language of Malawi but is also an official language in several African countries including Zambia (mostly spoken in the Eastern Province, Lusaka), Mozambique and Zimbabwe.Chichewa is traceable from the Eastern Province of Zambia from the 15th century. In Zambia, Chewa is spoken...

Minorities at the UN: Improve education for minorities in Zimbabwe 

On 29 and 30 November 2011, MRG's partners took part in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues as part of MRG's Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) which offers online and practical training and direct advocacy opportunities to minority activists across the world.Misheck Gondo, the National Chairperson of the National Association of Youth Organisations was one of several participants who had taken...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Zimbabwe: San people forced to abandon their homes in search of water  

About one thousand members of the San community in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, may be forced to abandon their homesteads in the next 5 days and settle in the bush in a quest to access water for both human and animal use. The Chairperson of the San Community in Tsholotsho, Mr Christopher Dube, has revealed that shortage of water has reached its peak levels in...

Zimbabwe: Helping minority youth find a political voice 

The Zimbabwe Organization for Youth in Politics (ZOYP) has been using the UN Declaration on Minorities to lobby policymakers to ensure that Ndebele, and other marginalized ethnic groups such as Kalanga and Tonga, can participate effectively in the country’s political system. ZOYP is a grassroots non-governmental organization based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, an area dominated by Ndebele, Zimbabwe’s largest minority. ZOYP provides leadership training for youth, including youth from minority communities, to help them...

Southern Africa: San Peoples sign common rights declaration 

Members of the San peoples in Southern Africa have signed a Declaration on their rights and what they want their respective countries to do in order to advance their issues. The Declaration is a product of the three days San Rights Regional Conference held in Gobabis, Namibia.The conference was organized by the Working Group of Minorities in Southern Africa and brought in San representatives...

Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Arrested for Demanding Fairness in Employment 

Police in Bulawayo (Matabeleland, Zimbabwe) this morning rounded up and arrested members of youth pressure group for holding a demonstration against the continued neglect of locals in employment opportunities. The members of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution were arrested along Belmont Road as they were demonstrating against a government parastatal that ‘bussed in and employed’ more than 20 youths from Mashonaland for...

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF targets San leaders 

(As reported in the Newsday of 16 April 2013)ZANU PF has been accused of intimidating members of the San community in Tsholotsho after they complained about marginalisation to National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu last year.The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) in Matabeleland North reportedly dispatched a team to investigate the allegations and found them to be true.“Investigations established that...

Zimbabwe: Mthwakazi leaders' rights abused  

From bulawayo24.com:Mqondisi Moyo who the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution President and Busani Sibindi MYLJR chairperson have been given a three months suspended sentence at the bulawayo Magistrate Court on condition they don't commit a similar offense in the next coming 5 years. The two Mthwakazi leaders have to pay a $500 dollar fine each. Their lawyer, Mr Dumisani Dube, has indicated that he...

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo residents unaware of their rights 

The Majority of the minority communities in Matabeleland are not aware of their rights and do not know what the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is or what it does, a research by an independent non-profit human rights think tank reveals. According to the 2016 Access to Human Rights Information Research carried out by Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights in Bulawayo recently, Respondents were...

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe threatens 'Gukurahundi' 

Matabeleland citizens have once again woken to another harsh reminder of the 1982 – 1986 Genocide after President Robert Mugabe was quoted in the media for having threatened war veterans with another ‘gukurahundi’ after sections of the war veterans leadership publicly pushed for Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa to succeed the octogenarian leader. President Mugabe is quoted having told his party’s Central Committee Meeting...

Zimbabwe: MATABELELAND NORTH AND SOUTH EXCLUDED FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL HEARINGS 

In a glaring act of deliberate exclusion, marginalization and violation of Constitutional Right to equality and non-discrimination as espoused in Chapter 4 section 56 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development has excluded the people of Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South from participating in the public hearings for the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill. ...

Zimbabwe: Enact Legislation Criminalizing Gukurahundi Genocide Denial 

Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) joins the international community in commemorating the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims which falls on 24 March 2017 and calls on the government of Zimbabwe to speak the truth regarding Gukurahundi genocide (which massacred over 20 000 Ndebele minorities and left thousands more unaccounted...

Zimbabwe: Government sends Riot Police to disrupt Inauguration of Ndebele King 

The government of Zimbabwe has sent in armed riot police and teargas canons to stop a traditional ceremony to inaugurate the Ndebele King Mzilikazi 2 at Bulawayo International Trade Fair today. Article 2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities clearly stipulates that “Persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and...



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