MDC Alliance and Member of Parliament, Mr Nelson Chamisa has agreed that there is deliberate marginalization and underdevelopment of non-shona tribes in Zimbabwe referring to the process as the ‘shonalization’ of the country.
Chamisa who was speaking at an MDC Alliance rally in Cross – Dete (Matabeleland North Province) on Saturday 10 March 2018 admitted that most civil servants in Matabeleland use shona language against the local languages and also that there are many Shona judges in Matabeleland.
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Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights and other human rights and governance organizations in Matabeleland have consistently lamented the tribalization of service delivery in Zimbabwe with less support from civic society in Harare, even the major opposition party, the Chamisa led MDC-T has never supported the call for de-shonalization and de-tribalization of service delivery until now – towards elections.
The Shonalization of the country violates fundamental human rights especially the freedom from discrimination, right to personal dignity and cultural rights.
On the 3rd of October 2017, Matabeleland South proportional representation and MDC Member of Parliament Priscilla Misihairambwi Mushonga raised a Motion in Parliament of Zimbabwe arguing THAT THERE IS Ndebele tribal marginalization in the tendering system as Ndebele people and companies led by Ndebeles are marginalized in accessing government tenders and this is observed I many sectors that include health, local government, government parastatals, education, etc.