Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband meets ZAPU Officials

Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday met with ZAPU Officials in London. In an impromptu address to the ZAPU officials David Miliband expressed his concern over the possibility of a violent election in Zimbabwe next year

He decried the shrinking democratic space in Zimbabwean politics and expressed the need for important steps be taken to ensure peaceful elections in Zimbabwe. He called upon the Lib/con government to take steps to ensure that Zimbabwe’s elections next year are supported to ensure that the people’s mandate is freely expressed.

ZAPU officials that included Mr Martin Chinyanga (ZAPU Shadow MP Makoni west) Mr Christopher Maphosa, the ZAPU Europe district chairman took the opportunity to appraise Mr David Miliband on the current state of Zimbabwean politics.

They appraised the former UK Foreign Secretary on the continued militarisation of ZAPU strongholds as Zimbabwe moves towards elections pencilled in for mid next year.

The ZAPU Officials were however quick to point out that ZAPU was busy using its Diaspora structures to build up capacity in order to make a resounding showing in the elections next year. 

The revived Zapu party, which announced that it will field candidates in all constituencies if elections are held next year is, is likely to pose a serious threat to MDC-T’s dominance.

Since its inception in 2000, MDC-T has won the majority of parliamentary seats in the southern region but analysts now say the declaration by Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu that it will contest in all constituencies could be worrisome to Tsvangirai because Tsvangirai has not done much for the region despite receiving support from Matabeleland, which they pointed out might dissuade people against voting for his party. President Robert Mugabe has said elections would be held by mid-next year. –africalegalbrief.com