DUMISO Dabengwa has revealed for the first time some of the problems that led to the revival of ZAPU, which in 1987 went into a Unity Accord with ZANU-PF to end disturbances that had rocked the Midlands and the Matabeleland provinces.
The ZAPU leader said ZANU-PF was “untrustworthy”, narrating how in 1980 their comrades-in-arms wriggled out of an electoral pact they had hammered out ahead of the April 1980 elections in order to go it alone.
“When we were coming back from the war, we were to fight in the elections as the Patriotic Front and not as ZAPU or ZANU. Before the day of the Nomination Court they ran to the British and registered as ZANU-PF. Nkomo was called and registered (separately),” said Dabengwa.
ZAPU was led by Joshua Nkomo at the time, the late Father Zimbabwe, who became vice president of the Republic upon the signing of the Unity Accord in 1987.
He also said contrary to popular belief, the Gukurahundi disturbances of the 1980s started in Mashonaland before spreading to Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces.
Dabengwa, a former ZANU-PF politburo member, pulled out of President Robert Mugabe’s party in the run-up to the 2008 general polls along with Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni to oppose the incumbent’s re-election bid before the two went separate ways.
He has since entered into a loose coalition with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Welshman Ncube which would see the two parties supporting each other where the other has not fielded any candidates.
Both leaders, however, submitted their papers to the Nomination Court to participate as presidential candidates.
Dabengwa said he hid the call to participate at the recent MDC campaign launch when Ncube told him that the event would be held in Chikomba, Mashonaland East where the late retired general Solomon Mujuru came from.
Dabengwa said despite ZANU-PF’s untrustworthy, some characters in the party meant well for the country, including the late general who died in a mysterious inferno in 2011 at his farm in Beatrice.
He said Mujuru was a close friend and the two tried to work for change from within ZANU-PF.
The former ZIPRA intelligence supremo said the fallen commander must be smiling wherever he might be because he has not departed from the path they had both embarked on during his lifetime. — Staff Reporter.
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