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Navigating the sea of internal colonialism, genocide and ethnic cleansing can be daunting.
The University of Mthwakazi (UM) is an independent educational institution which provides an opportunity for all the poor people without access to education to rebuild their educational careers throughout the whole world paying particular attention to the economics of social problems: education, health, housing, transportation, environment, social care and the distribution of wealth, as well as to find the solution to their problems and defend their identity, culture, history and heritage as a united people.
The UM is concerned with the education, health and development of all those without access to educational opportunities in established tertiary institutions and therefore dedicated to addressing the deliberate historical structural processes of marginalisation, genocide and ethnic cleansing in all economic sectors of their present day life experiences.
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Why the University of Mthwakazi
The question why represents the statement of the problem. The poor people of the world and all those who have been maimed, devastated, raped, silenced, marginalized and reduced to nothing in their countries of birth, in full view of the world and regional communities, will thus be accorded opportunities to access education through the University of Mthwakazi. The duration that many of these people have suffered, been humiliated and paid with their blood for daring not to support certain regimes and their cronies is far too long.
During this period the poor of the world have not experienced any development at all. On the contrary, they had been exposed to brutality whose regimes systematically embarked on a path of destroying the infrastructure that was left behind by the former colonial regimes. Yet in spite of all this destruction, these brutal regimes have continued to claim sovereignty and supremacy of final legal and political authority over the will of the poor the world over and regional regions.
Today there is virtually nothing, resembling development and progress within the regions of the poor.. There are no roads to talk about. The education and health system has long collapsed. The economy is non- existent. The rule of law is something that the people of this region have imagined and continued to dream about from the advent of settler European colonial regimes. Successive years of oppression have comprised a succession of deliberate measures aimed at denying the people of these regions throughout the world, notably within the African continent, their social, economic, political and cultural rights.
Any challenge to colonial boundaries at this time usually means either extending these boundaries by encroaching on neighbouring countries or bifurcating the existing unitary state into more than one new state. The pursuit of some form of a political structure that changes the form and structure of an existing unitary state is fraught with difficulties. In most instances, the groups that challenge the ruling regime usually arrive at such a juncture after genocide had been committed and demonstrable ethnic cleansing policies pursued by the ruling regimes, are seen and perceived to be inimical to the survival life chances of marginalised groups[1] in areas such as language preservation, education, access to employment and contracts, distribution of land, and the like.
The pressure to re-arrange the unitary state invariably has been met with strong arm tactics from the former colonial powers, regional and the international community with vested interests. It is also met with plain rigid political thuggery from within the ruling regime of the country concerned that normally characterises long-serving dictatorships, aided by a compliant army and party that is dependent on political patronage. However, for the poor people of Africa, the post European colonial  years have been anything but daily contact with various forms of genocide, ethnic cleansing and various forms of internal  colonialism.
Given this continental scene where the poor cannot access affordable education, the poor, out of necessity to survive must address the following issues:
Why is it that a unitary system of government that the Treaty of Versailles (1884) imposed on Africa and subsequently bequeathed to us by our founders has suddenly become unpalatable?
Does democracy (defined to be individual choice, individual responsibility and rights of individuals) within a unitary state, ensure non-marginalisation of ethnic groups in accessing educational opportunities.
In Africa, democracy is simply "single-party-participatory democracy" whatever that means! Under this perverse view of democracy, only members of ruling parties, acting in accordance with strictly pre-determined guidelines issued by their political parties can enjoy some form of "democracy". This distorted view of democracy does not allow for dissent without severe and sometimes fatal consequences. Thus, the concept is akin to that of the rights of ruling regimes (closely related to authoritarian rights and yet so far from widely understood and clearly much more appealing view of democracy - individual choice, individual responsibility and rights embedded in the individual.
Furthermore, in Africa, the difference between ruling political party rights and individual rights is that ethnic groups have no clear and unimpeded guaranteed avenues for redress against ruling regimes’ tyranny and genocide. For example, there many instances where the regimes that perpetrated genocide, ethnic cleansing and marginalisation against substantial communities were granted immunity against prosecution and all the prominent figures from such regimes subsequently won promotion for "thorough work".
In many African countries, perpetrators of genocide can still be chosen by their fellow despots to be Chairman of the Africa Union (AU). One remembers only too well how Idi Amin, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Arab Moi , Gaddafi and Robert Gabriel Mugabe, have all been elected to this post. The fact that the AU Charter had a clause prohibiting a member state from interfering in the internal affairs of another served all these despots well because they committed genocide, various other atrocities and ethnic cleansing on the poor with the full knowledge that other despots and dictators would never raise an objection. This says a lot about how far we have to strive to prevent those who have committed crimes against humanity from achieving the status of leading such a continental organisation as the AU.
The survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing have no legal recourse throughout the whole of Africa for restitution claims for the loved ones butchered for no other reason other than belonging to different ethnic and language groupings. If the standards that were applied in the case of Bosnia and Rwanda were to be applied to similar cases across Africa, most of the members of the ruling regimes would definitely be tried for crimes against humanity.
What Africans of goodwill and other peace-loving peoples of the world must inculcate is to spread educational opportunities to the poor of Africa in order to address the historical structural imbalances in the field of education created by European colonialism and subsequently sustained by the new ruling elite of the ruling regimes across Africa. The world community must also tie its foreign investment, aid and funding to NGOs to the prevention of genocide and ethnic cleansing by governments. The slaughter of citizens by one ethnic group should be prevented at all cost and under any contrived or stated reason.
Perhaps it is important at this juncture to highlight how far the people of Africa have travelled since the Treaty of Versailles in 1884 that imposed a unitary system of government on Africa and subsequently bequeathed to us by our founders. Today, however, given the excesses of ethnic cleansing policies throughout Africa, there has been a systematic denial of education to the poor population by siege of their educational schools and institutions. As if to exacerbate this siege, the poor are also continuously being exposed to daily attacks and exclusion: from classrooms, bill boards, toilets, restaurants, post offices, work places, banks and virtually in every sphere of their daily lives.
Following independence, many regimes across Africa have continuously pursued de-industrialisation policies for many other towns and cities in order to promote their own cities. The strategy has been to place people from their areas and ruling parties in place of those from the poor marginalised areas in government jobs in the regions, as heads of companies (where these ruling regimes using government funds have bought controlling interests. The net result has been a deliberate change in the composition of the population to ensure majority votes for their candidates in the near future. Those who survived the genocide and ethnic cleansing in the past have now been forced to migrate to across many countries in the world, including South Africa and thus create a vacuum that can be filled by a deliberate policy to import people from the areas of the ruling regime as landholders under the various modes of farm confiscation programmes of the ruling regimes.
It is pivotal that the poor people and all those from segregated communities penetrate the top government employment market both within and outside their countries of birth throughout THE whole of Africa. Thus, it is not surprising that the Embassies of the ruling regimes are completely staffed by the personnel from their own areas. We state this not because it is new or out of the ordinary, but because it has gone on for so long to present a clear basis for this project, University of Mthwakazi. The poor people from these marginalised regions are exceptionally tired of being treated as third class citizens in an imposed colonial unitary system of government that has clearly become unpalatable.
The poor people throughout Africa have aspirations over the absolute control over education, culture and broadcasting, economic development and the whole issue of local government revenue-sharing with the central government. In addition, these people from the marginalised regions need clear, legally-binding rights to redo-revenue demands by the central government and any public expenditure reductions by the central government.
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