Fired Deputy Minister Issues Public Apology for “Tribalism” Remarks

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Fired Deputy Minister Issues Public Apology for “Tribalism” Remarks

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

HARARE – Honourable Simelizive Sibanda, former Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, has issued a public apology to the nation of Zimbabwe for remarks he made that were perceived as promoting tribalism.

In a press statement released on July 2nd, 2024, Sibanda acknowledged that his approach was “wrong” and that his actions may have perpetuated tribal divisions. He expressed regret for the harm caused by his words and emphasized his commitment to national unity.

Sibanda’s apology comes after widespread criticism following his comments on teacher proficiency, which were interpreted as favoring certain ethnic groups. He clarified that his intention was solely to ensure that teachers receive quality education and were well-equipped to educate children.

“I want to assure the public, especially the teachers, that my intention was solely to ensure that our children receive quality education and I was concerned about the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with her students. However, as a national leader, I should have addressed this issue through appropriate channels, avoiding public platforms that may have fueled tribal connotations,” Sibanda stated.

The former minister also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development for supporting him during his tenure. He acknowledged the opportunity to serve and contribute to the development of the education sector.

Sibanda concluded his statement by reiterating his commitment to the nation’s progress under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the party’s Vision 2030. He expressed hope that the public will accept his sincere apologies and recognize his commitment to national unity and progress.

This incident highlights the sensitivity surrounding tribalism in Zimbabwe, a country with a complex history of ethnic tensions. Sibanda’s apology is a significant step towards addressing these concerns and promoting national unity.