A lot of people from Matabeleland have always complained of being marginalised and taken for granted. One such indication that they are not taken seriously, these people argue, is the fact that often government departments deploy people to Matabeleland who cannot speak the indigenous languages.
This has meant that the local population are then forced to either speak in English or learn Shona. Often those who are being served by the said government department might not be in a position to do so. Case in point is that of primary school pupils who would need a teacher who can speak to them in their native tongue so as to be able to teach them easily in accordance with the guidelines of the New Curriculum.
President ED Mnangagwa at a recent event, confirmed that this was a genuine complaint as it would indeed affect the learning of pupils in such areas.