Infighting rocks ZAPU

BULAWAYO – Infighting has rocked the ZAPU movement with a member of the party claiming that he is the legitimate leader and accusing Dumiso Dabengwa of being an illegitimate president who is just power hungry.

Mr Agrippah Madlela, who says he is the legitimate president of ZAPU, accuses Mr Dumiso Dabengwa of trying to usurp the party’s constitution and creating a one man run show. 

Madlela, who says elections should be held this year without fail, told ZBC News that Dabengwa was never elected to the party’s presidency but is trying to further his own political interests.

zapu  member mandela 2.jpg“Who appointed Dabengwa as ZAPU president? We do not know him, he is trying to use people to gain political mileage,” said Mandlela.

Efforts to get comment from Mr Dabengwa were not successful as his phones were not reachable.

A number of political organisations that have mushroomed in the country have failed to make any significant impact on the country’s political landscape with infighting and power struggles contributing to the lack of vision in the parties.

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Meanwhile, Zapu has become the second political party to rule out any alliance with other parties in the next general election expected sometime next year.

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Speaking at a public meeting organized by the pro-MDC-T Bulawayo Agenda on Zimbabwe election roadmap on Friday Zapu’s national secretary for legal and special affairs, Steven Nkiwane said his party  was  betrayed when it signed a unity deal with Zanu (PF) in 1987 and  no longer trust coalitions.

“We were betrayed before, when we entered into unity with Zanu (PF) and we don’t want a repeat of that. We will not enter into partnership with any party.

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We are a national party which will go to next elections single handedly to fight Mugabe and we are assured of victory,” said Nkiwane.

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Nkiwane also said Zapu was ready for elections but won’t enter into elections where the playing field favoured Zanu (PF).Addressing the same meeting the smaller MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said Zanu (PF) is demanding early elections so that they can brutalise their members.

“There want elections as soon as possible so that they can start brutalizing our members. We can’t have such kind of elections,” said Dube.Zanu (PF) is pushing calls for elections this year with or without a new constitution to undo the unity government. However, the two MDCs  refused calls for fresh elections, saying it favours election roadmaps to guarantee a free and fair poll.

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Negotiators from the three parties in unity government are currently working on the election roadmap that would usher in a new democratic dispensation in the country and which would be discussed during a SADC extraordinary summit on the Zimbabwe crisis to be held in South Africa next month.,