Ethnicity Conflict in Zimbabwe

When such conflicts attain some level in magnitude, then they are reported. In some other instances, they are only reported when the other areas of the globe have nothing worth talking off.

This belief can be true somehow since Africans are viewed by the westerners as beings who murder one another brutally and thus do not deserve extensive media coverage which is accorded to other conflicts arising from negative ethnicity e.g. the Albanians and the Serbs. In Africa, the issue of ethnicity is well pronounced like I other continents. This is so because each and every country in Africa has got a share of ethnic groups that are not less than 15 to be precise. However, in many countries, the big tribes are the ones that are more pronounced than the minorities and they always tend to use their numbers to marginalize the minority tribes.

One of the main causes of ethnic conflict in Africa and which has made them severe than in other parts of the world is the fact that colonial masters exploited as well as compounding inter-ethnic relations (Nnoli, O. 1998). As an example, in countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, the colonial masters utilized the method of segmenting the ethnic groups for their own advantage. The divide-and-rule policies which were highly favored by the colonial masters assured the non-performance of the different ethnic groups. This protected them from the problem of insurrection thus making it easy for them to rule.

To the masters, it was advisable to divide the existing and potential ethnic groups which they thought were threats to their existence. This was mainly done to pit them against each other so that they could use all their energies to fighting one another and not to think of overthrowing colonial governments which were imposed by the masters (Nnoli, O. 1998). According to Nnoli, O. (1998), this same strategy was used by the apartheid regime in South Africa to use the blacks to fight the blacks for their own developments-colonial rule.