Faced with the phenomenon of undocumented foreigners, narratives have been projected from various angles. However, narratives remain, whether unacceptable or acceptable to some, what is needed most is a truthful confrontation. Like the dissident phenomenon in the 1980s, the Dudula phenomenon needs honest handling, for the restoration of normalcy.
The commonly adopted viewpoint has always been that the Zimbabwean government is manned by irresponsible people. But how did the irresponsible people come to power? This requires the common people to be in strategic positions of responsibility. The laws of nature include the ripple effect, whose tidal wave cannot be wished away, as following its natural destiny. If you throw a stone in the deep sea, the ripple effect forms up to spread as broadly as possible.
There is no way any person can control the ripple effect, manifesting the magnitude of the stone thrown into the deep sea. If the stone would be small, the ripple effect would be minimal. However, if the stone is of magnificent size, the ripple effect would be bigger. This creates magnificent waves, causing a ship to capsize, elsewhere. It would not be necessary to blame the captain of the ship.
The ripple effect of the current Dudula phenomenon comes from the unresolved Gukurahundi riddle. This resulted in the majority of people from Matabeleland migrating to South Africa, whether legally or illegally. The current statistics on the Population Census reveal that there is no significant numerical growth in Matabeleland. The causes of disparities have not been appropriately documented.
The straight question ought to be, what has caused the stifled numbers of population growth in Matabeleland? The reflexive influx into South Africa was an inevitable cause. Many people, formally resident in Matabeleland, have forgotten about Zimbabwe, as they have since become South African citizens.
However, tracing the ripple effect roots requires going earlier than that. The Gukurahundi originated at the formation of ZANU in 1963. That which is called the war of liberation should not be limited to the narratives of taking power from colonialists. If ZANU ever advocated for a one-man one vote in its ethos, it would have been dishonest. The ZANU formation was not through an elective congress. It was configured by a few disgruntled individuals under the ZAPU leadership.
History has it that, from then on, the seed of hatred between the Shona-speaking cadres and the Ndebele speakers was sown. To say this was a tribal division could be inaccurate. The tribal flame, over time, was facilitated by propaganda, to reach out to most people. However, to ZANU pioneers, the leadership question was more important than the liberation of ordinary people. Hence the philosophy of controlling people was adopted.