Matabeleland


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Ma·ta·be·le·land

 (mä′tə-bĕl′ā-lănd′)
A former province of Rhodesia between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers. Inhabited by the Ndebele from the early 1800s, it came under the control of the British South Africa Company in 1889. The area is now divided into two provinces in western Zimbabwe.

Matabeleland

(ˌmætəˈbiːlɪˌlænd; -ˈbɛlɪ-)
n
(Placename) a region of W Zimbabwe, between the Rivers Limpopo and Zambezi, comprises three provinces, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, and Bulawayo: rich gold deposits. Chief town: Bulawayo. Area: 181 605 sq km (70 118 sq miles)
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The 28-year-old joins the club following a recommendation from former Ferguslie professional Keith Dabengwa, with the pair teammates at Zimbabwe cricket franchise Matabeleland Tuskers.
The Chertsey and Marvel substations supply power to critical institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities, water and sewage treatment plants, mines and other public facilities that cater for a population of over 3 million people, spread across the Bulawayo, Matabeleland South and North, and Midland provinces of Zimbabwe.
Now, she says, "it's become this thing that I cannot get out of my head." Tshuma grew up in Matabeleland, where much of the violence took place, and eventually made her way to the United States, where she was accepted to the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop.
For instance, two years after the attainment of independence, the notion of filth was used to designate dissenting voices in the regions of Matabeleland and the Midlands in what has come to be known as the Gukurahundi massacres.
Mnangagwa was in charge of national security at the time of the 1982-87 assault in Matabeleland, and analysts said the Bulawayo rally blast could have been calculated to implicate Mnangagwa's Ndebele opponents and stir up trouble.
Subsequent tournaments followed and this summer 16 CONIFA members gathered in London - some from as far away as the south Pacific island of Tuvalu, or Matabeleland, in west Zimbabwe - to compete in the largest tournament the organisation has yet hosted.
Another cabinet minister is the airforce boss -- Air Marshal Perence Shiri, who had previously headed a special North-Korean trained unit that is alleged to have committed atrocities during a crackdown on a rebellion in the western Matabeleland province in the early 1980s.
Air Marshal Shiri is directly linked to the Matabeleland massacre of thousands of people by a North Korea-trained military brigade in the 1980s when Mr Mugabe moved against a political rival.
One cannot help reflecting on what all of Mugabe's scheming, and killings (the Matabeleland massacre); the intimidation and beatings of opposition figures; the cowing of the population; the destruction of one of Africa's most promising economies; the exodus of millions of Zimbabweans to foreign lands just to keep body and soul together; the unchecked looting of the national treasury; the pomp and arrogance while ordinary folk were scrambling around for food for their children; and the endless misery of being Zimbabwean, has amounted to?
He has been blamed for numerous human rights violations during this era, including the Matabeleland massacres in the early 1980s that saw thousands killed during the early years of Mugabe's rule.
After independence in 1980, Mnangagwa, then the state security minister, directed the "Gukurahundi" massacres of supposed dissidents in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.
However, Mnangagwa's history as state security chief during the so-called Gukurahundi crackdown, when an estimated 20,000 people were killed by the Fifth Brigade in Matabeleland in the early 1980s, suggested that quick, sweeping change was unlikely.