The national executive council (NEC) of the Bulawayo-based secessionist party, Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF), is scheduled to meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday to adopt a flag for their envisaged Mthwakazi nation and to fill vacant posts in its structures.
The party’s top brass is scattered in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Party spokesperson David Magagula said the MLF would use the weekend meeting to reflect on its activities in the past nine months, unveil its flag and to chart the way forward.
“The main agenda is to map the way forward for our struggle. We have sent our document to the Zimbabwean government, to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), to the South African government and to the Botswana government.
“We also want to adopt our constitution, our policy documents, and to unveil the national flag for Mthwakazi, our proposed national currency and national identity documents that include passports and birth certificates,” he said.
Magagula said the significance of adopting a national flag and identity documents would “give the people of Mthwakazi pride in their identity”.
“We want to give them courage to go ahead and feel Mthwakazian. Secondly, we want the Zimbabwean government and the international community to realise we are pressing ahead with our (secessionist) agenda.
We want Mthwakazians to know that we are implementing what they sent us to do,” Magagula said.
The weekend meeting, he said, would allow MLF president General Nandi Nandi to meet the party structures.
Magagula said the meeting would also restructure the party’s national executive, the organisation’s highest decision-making organ.
“The meeting will deal with the redeployment of cadres in the NEC and also consider addressing the problems affecting the home structure,” he said.
MLF organising secretary Max Mnkandla has been fired and is no longer a member of the party.
He has been replaced by Sabelo Ngwenya, who was the secretary for legal affairs.