Matabele Rising: Mthwakazi Movement Inspires Book of Uplifting Hope for Zimbabwean Stability

David Hilton Barber in conversation with Dr James Gray about his book.
Location: Catholic Church Hall, Monday 15 April 2019 Time: 3.30 pm for 4 pm. Refreshments available. Guests R 20.

Researched, compiled and written by David Hilton-Barber, ‘Matabele Rising’ calls on the documents, reports, correspondence and analyses collected by Ernest Mtunzi - personal assistant to Joshua Nkomo (Vice President of Zimbabwe from 1987 to 1999). With Zimbabwe currently fiercely divided into the two states of Mashonaland and Mthwakazi, the unpublished information in Hilton-Barber’s new book may hold the resolution millions are lost in finding.

There’s no easy way to put it; the people Matabeleland, who have been consistently denied their basic rights, are seeking their own representation in Zimbabwe. It’s a divide that has lasted decades. The Government of Zimbabwe will not concede to the separation of Zimbabwe, and this only serves to exacerbate the plight. As a new book by David Hilton-Barber proves, the answers may in fact lay in the work of the late Joshua Nkomo.

‘Matabele Rising’ draws on original documents compiled by Ernest Mtunzi, assistant to the late Nkomo. The result is compelling and highly-actionable potential change that may once again reunite the nation.

‘Matabele Rising’ is available now:

About the Author: Pioneering people, interesting places and significant events – these are the themes of David Hilton-Barber’s non-fiction historical books. Highly readable and entertaining, his stories are told through the eyes of the characters living at the time.

He has written a dozen books on subjects ranging from the early pioneers of the Cape, the romance of the desert, the history of the Lowveld and the intriguing story of the first gold rush in Southern Africa, to biographies and short stories. He is a fourth generation South African, born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and holds a BA Honours degree from Rhodes University. He then trained as a journalist, following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times.