Gumede slams tribalism

Mthwakazi Liberation Front vice president, Edgar Gumede, yearns for peace. In a recent interview he bemoaned the division and confusion that has led to a dismal state with a departed unity spirit.

Edgar Gumede addressing the youth when he was the vice president of MLF.
Edgar Gumede addressing the youth when he was the vice president of MLF.

“We have to continue fighting for unity and better life for all of our people regardless of tribe. At the end of the day we are all Africans and we must respect that either someone is happy or not. Complete independence of our people without death threats, ill-treatment and violence is the key to a better nation,” he said.

Gumede said tribalism had led to the under-development of Midlands, part of Masvingo, and Matebeleland. He paid tribute to Paul Siwela, a victim of hate currently facing treason charges and a possible death sentence.

“The CIO is playing dirty games here and perpetrating those malevolent strategies of harassing our people. MLF is a movement of non-violence and whoever associating it with violence is very wrong,” he added.

Gumede, who was reported to have resigned from MLF, said had engaged the MLF national executive.

“My issue is pending. I am waiting for their response to my demands. We must have a good working relationship of trust if we are to work together. The ball is in their court,” he emphasised.

MLF publicist David Magagula said they were confident a positive way forward would be found.

“He is fighting a bigger cause than him and his family. We will make sure we retain him in the party no matter what happens,” he said.

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