MLF responds to Team Magagula Statement

MLF responds to Team Magagula Statement
Published: 10 May 2016 | by Dr Churchill Guduza

MTHWAKAZI LIBERATION FRONT

DEAR ALL MLF MEMBERS

A RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY TEAM MAGAGULA FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MLF PRESIDENCY

During the course of Monday the 9th May 2016, in late afternoon, a statement issued by team Magagula was made available to the Office of MLF Presidency. This team comprises a few anarchists numbering approximately four (4) known individuals. On receipt of this statement, consultations begun in earnest with all the senior leaders of the MLF and after lengthy deliberations it was decided that we respond immediately. The statement itself demonstrates yet again that Magagula has all along been hell bent on destroying the MLF as an organisation whose purpose is to liberate the Mthwakazi people. And such, we are vindicated in expelling him from this historic organisation. Soon his co-conspirators will follow. It is important at this juncture to turn and address point by point the issues raised in the said statement.

Perhaps the first point to note is that other than reference being made to Magagula in the statement, no one amongst the authors of the statement has taken responsibility of highlighting their names or name. As such the statement does not really show the identity of the author. Nevertheless, it begins by stating that ‘’we write as MLF South Africa Chapter’’. Now that alone is highly misleading, in that the authors want to hide under what they term the so-called South Africa Chapter without taking any responsibility by revealing their true identities. In South Africa the majority of MLF members and leaders are all disciplined.

Secondly, the statement makes reference to non-existent MLF Constitutional clauses, again as a way of trying to hide the damage that David Magagula has caused over a long period of time to the MLF as an organisation. Whoever the authors of the statement, they will be better advised to read the working Constitution of the MLF as revised and amended in recent years. It does appear that these faceless authors have no idea about the working Constitutional document of the MLF. Added to that, there is also the MLF Code of Conduct, governing the discipline of all MLF members without exception. Both the Constitutional principles and the Code of Conduct were invoked and applied in the expulsion of David Magagula.

Thirdly, the statement by team Magagula states the “Magagula was 100% right to defend Zapu”. This is very revealing that Magagula and his team should defend other organisations other than the MLF. The statement further goes on to say that the ‘’MLF does not hate, ill talk or criticise other Mthwakazian organisations big or small’’. Not only that, it also adds that ‘’we all in the MLF are children of Zapu’’ and that this is the cornerstone of the Chitawa Declaration.

It is really amazing that the authors or team Magagula can be so empty and bereft of the historical revolutionary exposure and experience such that they have become delusional. The Chitawa Declaration is not a brain child of Zapu but of the MLF. That is a fact. Team Magagula are the only children of Zapu, hence the confusion of failing to distinguish between organisations. Political differences are not born out of hate, perhaps those of team Magagula are born out of hate. Rather they are a product of differences in principles, goals, objectives, vision and mission statement of organisations.

Fourthly, there is no clause anywhere in the MLF Constitution and Code of Conduct which states that we must love other organisations. We are not in that business, but we are all about achieving the goals and objects set out by the MLF. Magagula and his team will not understand this reality because they do not constitute the MLF BRAND and IDENTITY. This is because together with his team they JOINED the MLF. As a matter of fact they are like passengers who boarded a bus whose destination they had absolutely no idea. No wonder they are causing such havoc, recklessness and anarchy.

Magagula himself, in spite of being a teacher, has never understood his then position in the MLF. He was merely a spokesperson, nothing else. But because he did not understand his position despite numerous engagements to correct his anarchical behaviour, he would simply say anything that came in his mind or spurred on by dreams and hallucinations, one day he would wake up identifying with Joyce Mujuru, the other day with Mnangagwa and alleging both to be Mthwakazians. Really, these two people, Mthwakazians? This has never been MLF’s position but Magagula’s, doing a great deal of damage to the organization.

This confusion can be read between the lines of his team Magagula statement. He asserts that Zapu and MDC formations are Mthwakazian organisations. Is Mgagagula really mentally stable? We think something is terribly wrong with him. Zapu stands for Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, the MDC formations stand for Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe not in Mthwakazi. The mere fact that they have people speaking some of the Mthwakazi languages within cannot make them Mthwakazian organisations. Zanu-PF and a multiplicity of other political organisations within Zimbabwe also have members who speak some of the Mthwakazi languages. Is Zanu-PF therefore a Mthwakazian organisation?

When Magagula and his team initially joined the MLF we thought that they had made up their minds about their identity after many years of being denied their history not only by the European colonialists who annexed Mthwakazi, but also by Zapu who fed them with poisonous ideas about an utopia Zimbabwe, and thereafter by the Zanu-PF machine which not only exterminated their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children and ethnically cleansed them to survive as slaves or whatever in Zimbabwe continuously feeding them the idea that they are Zimbabwean– hence team Magagula finds itself where it is today – but still hopelessly confused and lost in the wilderness of an unknown identity and existence.

Not least we are aware that what team Magagula, term ‘’cherishing individual efforts demonstrated by cadres in the struggle’’ is not dissimilar to being told that you are a Zimbabwean even though a multiplicity of crimes are committed against your humanity. Put simply, it is like leading a people so dehumanised, so brutally excluded from any forms of existence to the final slaughter house. That is the ‘new structure’ in the words of team Magagula that awaits “congress led by none other than Magagula”. We will not tolerate this behaviour in the MLF. Magagula and his team are therefore strongly warned not attempt to lead our masses astray for their own material interests.

It is important to note that, we have all the evidence, which we will be publishing shortly of the evil machinations of team Magagula. He and his team must never throw stones at us because they live in glass houses. When Magagula and his team joined the MLF, they all undertook an oath of office which states that each member ‘’solemnly declares that he/she will abide and defend the aims, objectives and principles of MLF as set out in the constitution and other duly adopted policy positions’’ and that he/she ‘’further undertakes to place his/her energies and skills at the disposal of the organisation in pursuance of its ultimate objective of restoring Mthwakazi’’.

There is no pledge within MLF that says members must defend Zapu, MDC formations, Zanu-PF and other political organisations in Zimbabwe. Clearly, it is the context that team Magagula has never understood, the context that is Zimbabwe has so distorted and disoriented their thinking capacity as a team.

Furthermore, there is nowhere in the MLF pledge or oath which says that the restoration of Mthwakazi should be through the force of arms. That is Magagula’s idea and that of his team. It has nothing to do with the goals and objectives of the MLF. We have stated in his letter of expulsion that we cannot go that route when we are incapable of even putting bread on the table, or put simply when we cannot afford cell phone air time of ten rand (R10).

We know why Magagula and his team are hell bent on that so-called militant route. All they want to do is to collect as many names of Mthwakazians who fall for that idea so that they can then make money from the sale of our people to the Zanu-PF regime. We have seen it before, including in places like Dukwe Refugee Camp where scores were lured under the pretext that they were going to be given guns only to be handed over to the Zanu-PF regime to be killed. Who can forget that hundreds of thousands of our people were killed in Zimbabwe under the pretext that they were so-called dissidents? It is people like Magagula and his team who were responsible for such brutal atrocities and genocide.

The question that we need to ask about all this war mongering and so-called militancy coming from Magagula and his team is this: Why did so many people of only Mthwakazi origin were exterminated and buried in mass graves alive, raped, disappeared, shot in ques with the shooters also dancing on the graves of the deceased when there are no scars of war to this date, when no single bullet was fired in response to this genocide? Is it not true that many people still believe that the so-called dissidents existed? But what kind of dissidents that were fully armed in the Mthwakazi territory would fail to kill even a single Zanu-PF soldier? Should we go the same route of always being at the receiving end of death and atrocities? That is where Magagula wants to head our people like blind sheep into the final slaughter house. That way he may end up with a nice house or houses with his team and other material benefits at the expense of our people.

What exactly, without being emotional, can anybody defend about Zapu’s contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe? How many people of Mthwakazi origin died for this idea? Some of us also lost loved ones. What for? Did people of Mthwakazi origin then become full citizens with equal survival rights and any other human rights before the law in Zimbabwe?  Why then are we scattered all over the world shamelessly and mercilessly as we are? Obviously, Magagula and his team don’t have to ask these questions simply because they too want to make money through the misery of our suffering people of Mthwakazi.

This, we are not going to allow. If we have to go to war, we will go against Magagula and his team and we are no longer prepared to see our people being led astray only to be exterminated at the hands of Zanu-PF and its henchman like Magagula. It is simply a business idea for Magagula and his team as they have failed to fully make it through well thought out ideas of struggle that take cognisance of the existing environmental factors within the region, the continent and internationally, hence they are now prepared to sell our people for their personal gain. 

Why can’t Magagula and his team simply get guns and start a war against Mugabe’s regime? Why can’t they lead by example and start the war rather than want to mislead the Mthwakazi population? Of course, they cannot. Even one respected Head of State told the MLF in the presence of Magagula that we have to mobilise our people peacefully and get friends who will understand our plight as a people. However, rather than do that, Magagula opted, to purse the route of his masters in Harare in seeking to lead the Mthwakazi people astray, so that he and his team can benefit financially.

Is it no wonder therefore that Magagula, who was not occupying any senior leadership position within MLF, thought that he was the effective de jure leader when he was actually supposed to implement only the instructions of the MLF leadership? Consistent with the behaviour of spies and sell outs in any revolution, Magagula wanted to be popular for the wrong reasons of wanting to lure the Mthwakazi people to their graves under the Zanu-PF butchery. In doing so, he did not even want to take instructions from the leadership but implemented those of his own and handlers.

We are also aware of his dealings with people like Mphoko. Why does Magagula and his team openly not come out in support of Mphoko, after all, he also comes from Mthwakazi? Why are Mthwakazian people within Zapu or the MDC formations special for Magagula and team? The answer is very simple and clear, it is to do with hiding his true allegiance. The fact of the matter is that Magagula has no problem whatsoever in sleeping in the same bed with Mphoko.

Finally, a lesson in political interrogation and struggle is this, that we in the MLF will remain steadfast in pursuing our goals and objectives whilst guarding against intruders such as Magagula and his team. After all, we are the founders of the MLF, and not Magagula and his anarchists. We are the brand MLF and not Magagula and his anarchists, and therefore, there will be no deviation whatsoever from the ideals and principles of MLF, neither will we tolerate any anarchy from whatever quarter or guise. To be an MLF member is to abide by its rules and nothing else. No one within MLF can be allowed to be a referee and player at the same time.

But what is also critical to note is that we will NEVER, EVER, ALLOW, the MLF to be led by people who lack vision and want to walk our people into death chambers for a non-achievable idea. Under the MLF, we will liberate Mthwakazi and achieve nationhood characterised by justice, freedom and equality in the lifetime of our people. We are not in a hurry for anything, but with patience our people will get tired of apathy and begin standing up and contributing to their own freedom. In the MLF we don’t believe in friendship nor hate, but in the principles and ideas that will lead to the Restoration of Mthwakazi without fear or favour.

We are mindful that the adage that there is safety in numbers will be achieved as we move forward engaging all Mthwakazians, and it is only then that we will achieve the restoration of Mthwakazi. Finally, Magagula and his team of anarchists must know that we took an oath of allegiance to defend the aims, objectives and principles of the MLF as set out in the constitution and we will never deviate from them.

Unlike team Magagula, the Presidency of the MLF is represented by a bona -fide Mthwakazians with a name, identity and pride. On behalf of the entire disciplined MLF leadership, we wish you all well.

Dr Mpiyesizwe Churchill Guduza

MLF Vice President                 


- Source: MLF, published by umthwakazireview.com

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