The newly launched party, Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF), said it was working on a position document and was putting together a formal demand to meet the inclusive government over the problems affecting Matabeleland.
Party spokesperson, David Magagula, said the party held a press conference in South Africa on Saturday to try and explain to Zimbabweans what it was all about.
“A lot of people wanted to understand what the party was all about, and we therefore called a press conference, to which we invited the Zimbabwean ambassador. Although he did not attend he sent a representative,” he said.
Magagula said they were working hard to put together a document that they would take to the Zimbabwean government. The document carried their views on the way forward in dealing with the problems blighting the region in the south of the country.
“We have told people that, as a party, we will take the path that is acceptable worldwide, which is negotiation. We will negotiate with the Zimbabwean government over the problems of Matabeleland,” Magagula said.
“We are preparing a document that we will send to Harare. We are also putting together a delegation that will meet the Zimbabwean government. We have met the Zimbabwean ambassador here, Phelekezela Mphoko, and have told him that we have launched our party and we wanted to meet the Zimbabwean government. We asked him to organise a meeting for us with the Zimbabwean government.”
Magagula said the delegation would comprise of a cross-section of the community from Matabeleland.
“The delegation will comprise a cross-section of people. It will include elders, people who are respectable, some of our executive members, and two chiefs from Matabeleland. We have already sent people to engage chiefs in Matabeleland, to tell them about the party and what we are about. We have told them to prepare because we will be sending some of them,” he said.
MLF was launched on December 28 last year at Stanley Hall in Makokoba and immediately fired a salvo at other parties in the region for allegedly not being representative of Matabeleland.
Magagula said MLF was formed on June 6, 2006, in South Africa by Zimbabweans from Matabeleland in that country. He said the party had been active in South Africa among Zimbabweans based in that country and had actively used the Internet, especially Facebook, to mobilise supporters across Matabeleland and in the Diaspora.
“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.
“As a party, we have a programme to re-bury thousands of our members who died during Gukurahundi,” he said.
The party has said there should be a serious relook at the land reform exercise and employment patterns in the region to accommodate some of the 1, 5 million young people who are facing deportations from South Africa.