‘Zanu PF kills for votes’
By Pindai Dube
BULAWAYO – ZAPU President Dumiso Dabengwa says they pulled out of the Unity
Accord with Zanu PF because the former ruling party was brutal and could do
anything including killing to remain in power.
Speaking at Zapu’s 50th anniversary at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday,
Dabengwa also said senior Zanu PF officials did not want the late Joseph
Msika to lead Zapu in the Unity Accord after the death of vice president
Nkomo died in 1999, 12 years after the signing of the Unity Accord between
Zapu and Zanu PF.
He was replaced by Msika, who on many occasions proved a handful to
President Robert Mugabe including publicly threatening to walk out of a Zanu
Addressing more than 7 000 Zapu supporters Dabengwa said Zanu PF wanted
somebody they could control other than Msika to lead Zapu after Nkomo’s
“When Nkomo died Zanu PF wanted someone they can control to lead Zapu in the
unity pact, but he told them to back off,” said Dabengwa.
Dabengwa said Msika even gave them the green light to pull out of the Unity
Accord with Zanu PF in 2008. Msika died in 2009 and was replaced by John
Nkomo as vice president.
Dabengwa added that his party pulled out of the 1987 Unity Accord with Zanu
PF because of the former ruling party’s tendencies of harassing and killing
innocent people in order to stay in power.
“They are killers who want to rule this country by spilling blood. In 2008
during the presidential elections they embarked on an operation Long and
short sleeve in some parts of the country, where people were having their
hands cut off.
“They were killing people in order to stay in power like what they did
“That is when we decided to pull out of the Unity Accord because we don’t
want to be associated with shedding of blood,” said Dabengwa who is a former
Home Affairs minister.
Dabengwa said those former Zapu cadres who remained in Zanu PF should stop
lying to Zimbabweans that Nkomo told them to remain there.
“There are some people who are still in Zanu PF who are going around lying
using Nkomo’s name. They are lying that Nkomo told them to stay united with
Zanu PF even when people are being killed and Zapu members being neglected,”
The former senior Zapu members who are still in Zanu PF include Vice
President John Nkomo, Simon Khaya-Moyo, and Cain Mathema, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu,
deputy senate President Naison Ndlovu and others.
The former Home Affairs minister also said in true Zapu spirit, the 50th
jubilee celebrations demonstrated the freedom espoused in the party.
Delegates from former liberation movements in the Sadc region like South
Africa’s Africa National Congress (ANC), Swapo, MPLA and Frelimo were
present at the celebrations.
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