Daily News and Politics
Created: 01 April 2011
ZAPU's Historic 8th Congress
2 hrs ago | 209 Views
The Bulawayo province of ZAPU is gearing itself for the historic 8th ZAPU Congress. It is indeed historic in the sense that it is being held after numerous inhibitive hurdles that have been bedevilling the party as a whole. As a party of the people, by the people and for the people, ZAPU has not been a favourable ground for donations from outside its membership. Its members have had to pay for everything from their own meagre resources despite the fact that the majority of the people of Zimbabwe hardly have any income! The whole country is reeling under a serious economic demise as a result of state sponsored corruption for decades, general political repression and the heinous politics of patronage within the ruling party.
It is difficult to expect struggling men and women from anywhere in Zimbabwe to find money
to donate for a political party congress, and yet ZAPU supporters regardless of the difficulties they encounter every day are doing exactly that. As expressed by Comrade Baron Tshuma, "I had to take some money
for my children's food. This congress must never fail." It is a sacrifice.
Secondly the congress is historic in that it is a congress of a party of genocide survivors. These are indeed survivors physically and politically. The party was meant to be politically exterminated because this is the party of direct victims and survivors of the Gukurahundi genocide beginning with its leader Doctor Dumiso Dabengwa. After close to a decade of an armed onslaught, torture, brutal murders, kidnapping of party members and all sorts of blackmail, lies, tribal motivated hatred, that the party can still come back and convince whatever number of people must be a miracle.
Added to this is the forced submission to ZanuPF with all its anti the people policies in 1987. The people outside the bribery machinery of ZanuPF hate that party with all its links of any kind. ZAPU members who left ZanuPF in 2010 had already been terribly smeared by the murderous Robert Mugabe led party. It is a mammoth task to convince the younger generation that the submission to ZanuPF by the late ZAPU President Joshua Nkomo was a desperate move to save lives and a refusal to be used by the real enemies of Zimbabwe as they were doing with UNITA of Angola and Renamo of Mozambique at that time. Comrade Mafukufuku, Joshua Nkomo, the commander in Chief of ZIPRA Forces was a rare African breed of an extremely high revolutionary consciousness gifted with a profound sense of patriotism!
ZAPU's Bulawayo Province goes to this historic congress in a hyper-political environment where the citizens live daily with the effects of clear economic rejection and marginalisation by the ruling party and its leadership. Only earlier this week just all Bulawayo based security guards at Choppies a company belonging to Vice President Mphoko were dismissed summarily and replaced by a group from Harare. Just because the leadership of ZAPU is from Bulawayo it is labelled by even some opposition parties as a tribal party. Any attempt to argue and correct such blatant undemocratic behaviour by Mr. Mphoko's company is dismissed as tribalism. The majority of the people are therefore denied the opportunity
to see reason. On the other hand the people on the ground want a party that is sensitive to their situation. Ignoring their plight renders any party irrelevant.
With no massive resources to host
or hire renowned musicians for luxury and fun during its congress, ZAPU takes pride in that it is for the people and with the people. This will be a people's congress indeed and the Bulawayo Province is playing its role with all the enthusiasm. There is a hive of activity at the party offices and there will be a roadshow at the week end.
By Mkhululi Zulu. (Bulawayo Province Secretary for Information & Publicity).
We welcome Zapu’s proposal to include more youth at senior level
by Annita Ndlovu
8 hrs ago | 296 Views
Zapu Activists in Action
The recently announced move to increase representation at National Executive Committee (NEC) level by including two extra members from each province is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for democracy in that this is a request from the lower structures that has been heeded by the party hierarchy. It shows that the party is listening to its grassroots members. This is a good sign as it hints that the party may also eventually listen to the other burning issues raised by its members. The Zapu Congress promises to be exciting and is likely to usher fresh blood into the party.
By stipulating that the two new additions to the provincial nominees should be from the youth and women's wings of the party, Zapu guarantees that each province will send four nominees with at least one woman and one youth per province. It shows that the party is dead
serious about harnessing women power to drive this party forward. This is in line with the party's constitution which promotes and protects women participation at all levels in the party. While other parties are busy flouting their own constitutions, Zapu is strengthening its democratic credentials.
The surprising move is the proposal to include more youth in the top structures. Bringing in youth at NEC level is a masterstroke. The youth will bring in the much need vigour and visibility that the party needs as it races towards 2018 and beyond. The youth are more in tune with what is happening on the ground and are experts at utilising technology to conduct a massive recruitment drive. The youth are much bolder than their counterparts and can challenge the Zanu pf state machinery. They have no past histories to dwell on and are happy to get on with the job of making Zapu electable at local and national level. They have the speed and energy to steer Zapu back to glory days.
This is an opportunity
for the youth to transform the party. They can have an impact as they are well connected to other youths who could be the key to winning the 2018 elections. I would urge for the youth to be considered for key posts like the Secretary General, Vice President and the Information and Publicity portfolios. If the youth are given one or more of these posts, that will enable them to deliver where it matters.
Others see this as a succession plan by the party leadership
to groom the youth to take over from them when the right time comes. It seems the elders in the party are getting ready to hand over the batons to the youth who are the future of the party. What a noble gesture by the leadership who realise that it is worthwhile to cede some of the power to the back bone of the party, the youth.
In turn the youth need to live up to expectations. The party has confidence in their ability to lead from the front row. As we head to congress, the youth front should rally behind their nominated leaders and support their candidacy for top posts in order for them to serve their party once more.
Annita Ndlovu is Zapu Youth Rep and committee member: Zapu West Midlands, UK.
Rhodesia was more democratic than an independent Zimbabwe
6 hrs ago | 671 Views
Ever since Zimbabwe gained her independence from Britain in 1980, the ZANU PF government has sought to portray the new dispensation as more democratic than the colonial Rhodesia era, but a closer look at the two political systems tells a very different story altogether.
If one was to judge democracy in both these diametrically opposed systems of governance in the country, based on a 40 year period before and after independence, a very disturbing picture starts to emerge.
Ever since independence, Zimbabwe, has never experienced any meaningful change of leadership, with Robert Gabriel Mugabe being at the helm for nearly 40 years - merely changing titles from Prime Minister between 1980 and 1987, to President since then.
Nonetheless, Rhodesia had a very different experience in the 40 year period before independence - between 1960 and 1980.
I am deliberately leaving out the period from1923 - when the land 'owned' by the British South Africa Company (BSAC), since colonialism in 1890, was annexed by the British government and immediately sold to the newly formed 'responsible government of Southern Rhodesia' for £2 million, becoming the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia on 1 October - as I just want to focus on a 40-year period that equates to Mugabe's rule.
From 1960 - which was during the time of the ill-fated 10 year existence of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953 to 1963) - to 1979, the country had a total of five Prime Ministers.
This also excludes the short-lived Zimbabwe-Rhodesia era of Bishop Able Tendekai Muzorewa in 1979.
Those five Rhodesian Prime Ministers between 1960 and 1979 were Roy Welensky, Garfield Todd, Edgar Whitehead, Winston Field, and Ian Douglas Smith.
Such smooth change of leadership in the country demonstrated a vibrant democracy, which, unfortunately, has not been witnessed in an independent Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, these Prime Ministers were from different political parties, namely the United Party (later known as, the United Rhodesia Party, and then the United Federal Party - when it merged with the Federal Party), and the Rhodesia Front.On the other hand, in an independent Zimbabwe, only one political party - ZANU PF - has ruled over the country for nearly 40 years.
The question will inevitably arise that, how can the Rhodesia government be said to have been more democratic when the majority Black population was predominantly denied the right to vote - thanks to very rigid and prohibitive electoral laws, which meant a minute number of Blacks were permitted to vote?
The major difference between the two systems of governance is that, whilst the Rhodesians oppressed one segment of the population - the Blacks - nevertheless, it provided all the facets of democracy to the White pulation.
However, the independent Zimbabwe era of ZANU PF rule has been characterised by the oppression of everyone he country.
No one in Zimbabwe is afforded the same levels of democracy as was practised in Rhodesia for White people.
At least, in Rhodesia there was no doubt as whose interests the regime served - the White minority.
However, in Zimbabwe - despite ZANU PF claiming to have fought for Black majority rule - the electoral system and political dispensation only serves the interests of one man.
The current system does not even serve the interests of ZANU PF as a party, as there is clearly no democracy in the party.
This is obvious with the purging that the nation has witnessed in the party ever since Mugabe took over itsleadership
, but most notably over the past two years, when the race for the party's leadership intensified.
Anyone who dares criticise Mugabe soon finds themselves expelled from the party - as well as being arrested - being accused of all manner of 'crimes', from insubordination, trying to unconstitutionally remove - or even assassinate - the president, insulting the president, the list goes on.
In fact, I believe that ZANU PF members are just as oppressed as the rest of us, as they are just as wary of criticising Mugabe.
The list of people who have been expelled from ZANU PF over the past two years, merely for daring to challenge Mugabe, is endless - most recently, war veterans.
Others, as former Vice President, have been expelled merely based on suspicion of rebellion against Mugabe - accusations that have never been proven. As for the rest of the country, the brutality and atrocities against those that dare oppose Mugabe are overwhelming and well documented.
Ever since the Gukurahundi genocide of the 1980s - that resulted in the massacre of nearly 50,000 predominantly Ndebele people, in the Midlands and Matabeleland regions of the country - the ZANU PF regime has never tired.
In the 1990s violent repression of any demonstrations was not uncommon - from university students
, to workers and ordinary citizens' protests, were all not spared.
I remember seeing military trucks being moving to such areas as Chitungwiza, to crush protests against the nment.
With the advent of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the repression continued, resulting in the alleged forced disappearance of several activists, arrests on tramped up charges, and some being killed.
Even as most recently as a few days ago, when peaceful demonstrators in Harare were brutalised by the police for merely expressing their displeasure with the Mugabe régime.
Similarly, the electoral system is very such skewed against the opposition, as the ZANU PF government refuses to align the laws with the country's Constitution - making it extremely difficult for any truly democratic dispensation.
As such, the question arises: whose interests, besides Mugabe's, is the Zimbabwean government serving?
If every segment of the Zimbabwean population is oppressed - including those in ZANU PF - then one can safely conclude that there is completely no democracy in this country.
Yet, in Rhodesia, although the majority Black population was oppressed, at least there was a significant segment - the Whites - who enjoyed the fullness of the fruits of democracy.
In Rhodesia, there were never any reports of White people being brutalised for merely daring to criticise any of the isters.
The White Rhodesians were not forced to worship any leader - yet were free to say whatever they felt.
Actually, I remember a story my father once told me of a lady who hit Smith with an umbrella, as she was angry with the increasing White casualties during the liberation struggle.
She was merely prevented from any further hitting of the Prime Minister.
However, had it been someone hitting Mugabe, the result would have been very different.
Judging from how the lady who shouted at Mugabe - during this year's independence celebrations in Harare - that her family was starving and she wanted part of the missing US$15 billion to feed them, then we are far from being democratic.
In fact, Parson Dzamara was allegedly severely beaten up by suspected state security agents after he went in front of Mugabe with a placard demanding to know the whereabouts of his abducted brother Itai.
The media in Rhodesia was very free in its coverage of all the White political parties of the day, and there was seldom any stifling of any of their opposition voices.
However, soon after independence, the ZANU PF government obtained money from the government of Nigeria to buy what came to be known as Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers), which had been previously privately owned, so as to control the media for the benefit of only one party.
The electoral playing field in White Rhodesia was even, just and fair to the satisfaction of all the White political parties, such that there was frequent smooth change of leadership.
If the ZANU PF government had implemented the type of democracy that Rhodesia had for its White population, for the entire population of an independent Zimbabwe, then our democracy would have being one of the best in the world.
As such, judging the two systems, it can be concluded that Rhodesia was relatively more democratic than the ZANU PF-led independent Zimbabwe, in which the system does not serve anyone, except the one man.
° Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist and commentator, writer, and journalist. He writes in his personal capacity, and welcomes any feedback. Please feel free to WhatsApp/call: +263782283975, or email: .
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APU rejuvenates as Congress draw nearer
12 Aug 2016 at 15:55hrs | 527 Views
The Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, (ZAPU) has embarked on leadership renewal ahead of its Congress slated for the 24th to the 27th August 2016 in Bulawayo. This follows the introduction of the Youth quota, the first of it kind by any political party in Zimbabwe, to constitute the next coming National Executive Council.
Asked about the development, the National Deputy Chairperson of the Youth Front, the youth wing of ZAPU, Lovejean Ndlovu expressed gratitude to the party leadership for heading calls by the youth leaders to be considered for senior leadership of the party.
Ndlovu said the party has finally acknowledged the need for leadership renewal across the board in the party in line with the ever evolving socio-political environment and generational changes that have affected the mother party since its inception in 1961.
"It is a vote of confidence in us the young people and it should be commended. The party, as a democratic movement has seen it fit to fuse experience with potential and the result will be a well oiled machine that is synonymous with the demands of the current political and leadership world", said Ndlovu.
Asked if the Youth Front has National Executive material, Ndlovu said there is incredible depth in the ranks of the Youth Front and promised they will forward their best guns to duty. She reiterated that ZAPU was still in the struggle to liberate the Zimbabwean people from the ZANU PF regime through constitutional means; hence the theme of the Congress is Devolution, the ultimate answer for a fairer future, forward with the Revolution.
"The country got rid of the colonial and imperialist powers in 1980, but that did not translate into freedom since a white racist leader was replaced by a black tribal dictator. So ZAPU, having scored a victory against whites in 1980 will do to the current dictator regime what the party did to Rhodesian Front. ZAPU will deliver total freedom to the people of Zimbabwe," said the youth leader.
The Youths are already identifying cadres from their ranks to forward to the next coming National Executive of ZAPU, which will be led by the Party President Dumiso Dabengwa. They are hoping one of their collelgues will land the Vice Presidency which is vacant following the resignation of Ms Emmelia Mkaratirwa. Asked about this, Ndlovu could neither confirm nor deny the expectation but had this to say, "that will be a bonus to us as the youths of ZAPU, but we would love and be happy to have a rallying point and a youth who will lead at the highest level, who will be a centre of attraction to the young voters who lack role models in leadership
circles. Congress will decide on that, what is currently in our power is to identify and forward well meaning youth cadres for duty, and we will do just that.
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Msipa, 1987 Zanu PF Unity Accord was a curse and not a blessing to the nation
10 Aug 2016 at 18:15hrs | 1442 Views
The 1987 Unity Accord between Zanu PF and PF Zapu was about the establishment of the de facto one-party cum one-man (Robert Mugabe) dictatorship - a curse and not the blessing the name implies. Even now, with the benefit of hindsight of just how disastrous the dictatorship has been for Zimbabwe under our belt, it is amazing that some people will still not see the Unity Accord for curse it is.
It "boggles the mind that today no one seems to treasure unity anymore," commented former Midlands governor Cephas Msipa in praise of the 1987 Unity Accord.
Open debate and democratic competition is about the competition of ideas; it is just that when some people find they are losing the fight on the theatre of ideas they reach for the sword for the single
purpose of silencing the opponent and, in some cases, for good. Whatever other reasons President Mugabe had for the Gukurahundi there is no deny that establishing a de facto one-party state was his primary reason. He saw the chance to silence his main political opponent and he seized it with both hands!
Those who want to consider the 1987 Unity Accord as a progressive
move must accept that the Accord allowed President Mugabe to establish the de facto one-party cum one-man, Robert Mugabe, dictatorship and the consequences of the said dictatorship. If those consequence were not plain back in 1987 there are plain as daylight today. Zimbabwe is in this political and economic mess today because we have been stuck with the corrupt and tyrannical regime which, being a de facto one-man dictatorship, has eliminated all meaningful competition
"What was accomplished by the bullet cannot be undone by the ballot!" was President Mugabe's cynical response in 2008. He had lost the March vote and mounted a ruthless campaign of violence to reverse the result in the run-off.
Free and open debate and meaningful democratic competition in which an informed electorate have the casting vote to decide who rules the country is the foundation of good, accountable and competent government the world over. People like President Mugabe instinctively dislike democracy because it forces them to compete and any fair competition holds the possibility of losing, which they cannot bear. Democracy also means being held accountable, a luxury tyrants the world over can ill afford given theirtrack
record of broken promises, broken limps and broken lives.
As soon as they assume power, the tyrant's instinctive act is to stifle debate and democratic competition and deny the people the free vote. This is exactly what President Mugabe did and by cloaking the autocratic move as unifying one was sugar coating the cyanide pill.
Dictatorships do not create peace and unity but an illusion of peace and unity for it is always the same people benefiting from the lack of democratic competition who will disturb the peace if they should be subjected to democratic competition and accountability. On the other hand the lack of democratic scrutiny will eventually lead to misrule and social tension which, in time, will boil over as the people demand an end to the misrule.
After decades of misrule by this Zanu PF dictatorship born out of the 1987 Unity Accord the people of Zimbabwe are demanding an end to the dictatorship masquerading as unity. There are many nations out there with a healthy and functional democratic system of government who have enjoyed peace, freedom and economic prosperity and confined their fighting in the theatre of ideas.
We totally reject this Zanu PF mentality that we must retain the de facto one-party dictatorship system because Zimbabweans are incapable of holding vigorous political debates and democratic competition for political power without sparking yet another Gukurahundi! Now, with the benefit of hindsight, we cannot still be naïve and gullible to accept Mugabe's self-serving nonsense of stifling debate, democracy and the people's right to a meaningful free vote under the pretence of unity!
Source - Nomusa Garikai
ZAPU Europe Provincial Executive Committee handover meeting
07 June 2016 | 1874 Views
Venue: Lye Community Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
Members of the National
People's Council (NPC)
Members of the Council of Elders (CoE)
Zimbabwe African Women's Union (ZAWU)
Youth and members of our Great Party ZAPU.
All protocols observed
What an auspicious occasion to be speaking to you today to close the curtain of one of the best led Provinces in our Party
Indeed and by a most happy coincidence to be completing my tour of duty as your SG
What an honour it has been and I trace my journey back to where I started as Chair of this Province.
Heady days indeed, when in a period of a mere 10 months we saw the membership base rocket from just under a hundred to around 900!
As they say, the end of a chapter is the beginning of a new one.
Today we formally thank the outgoing PEC led most ably by one of the most disciplined and principled cadres I have had the honour and pleasure to work with.
A member whose clear vision brought respect and dignity to us all.
A true reflection of the high standards of truthfulness, self-sacrifice gave a glimpse of why our trained freedom fighters were held in such honour.
If there is a fault in our Party, it is that we do not appreciate dedication, we do not say “thank you” often enough, sincerely enough.
Today, Comrade Maphosa, I salute you, I raise your standard high and I invite all of us here present to do the same.
Qhawe lama qhawe. Inkunzi eyakhethwa ematholeni sibili.
I do hope that members will have the vision to ask you soon to take up another mission.
And if I know you well, when duty calls again, you will stand up. You will never be found wanting.
Now to usher in the new.
The members have spoken.
It is indeed an honour to be ushering in the new PEC that will, no doubt be most ably led by our Chair elect, Comrade Molife.
He comes on on the back of a most visionary prospectus indeed.
As the saying goes, his will be the task to see a much further afield as he will be standing on shoulders of giants.
A giant in his own right indeed, all I can say to the new captain and his crew:
The Party expects, ZAPU expects.
One thing I learned from very early leadership
is that the easiest thing for people of little or no vision is to criticise.
It's so easy to find reasons for why things are not working
or cannot work.
Anyone can write a PhD thesis on that.
My greatest respect is not for such.
I want to see people that make things work, every little effort counts.
Leaders are quick to appreciate, to applaud and less inclined to condemn.
They are too busy doing things to concern themselves with weaknesses; except when guarding against such weaknesses is their duty.
If former Secretary for Mobilisation, Comrade Beke Dube, were here, I am sure he would vouch for this; I would be on the phone to him every two or three days, kept him on his toes to ensure that there were always initiatives to mobilise.
It was not to criticise but to exhort towards greater effort.
Now to focus on the main task at hand.
As the executive officer and political head of the Party it is my role to give a few pointers to newly elected structures.
The first piece of advice to all is: read the constitution.
Know your roles and if not certain, where to find information.
I have, on many occasions been astounded at the many mistakes members in leadership make, simply because they do not bother to find out what is expected of them.
Reminds me of one of my former managers, the damage he caused to company property..
Every time a new machine arrived, he would just plug it. No reference to instructions.
Only when everything went up in smoke would he suddenly start
to read the instructions.
ZAPU liberates all to act. But not in any chaotic manner.
My inaugural address to the NEC in Gweru in April 2011 was to emphasise the importance of communication. Communication, communication, communication.
Just a straw poll here: how many know about the monthly schedule of meetings document
? The branch cadre manual? The Party financial management structure?
And yet without these we are going nowhere fast.
I have, in the past, distributed to you all the governance structure of ZAPU.
These are separate and distinct functions which must be completely independent of each other.
The Executive, from the National Executive Council (NEC) down to the Branch Executive Council (BEC) has its role, the growth and management of the Party, its structures, its resources and its cohesion.
The Council of Elders is the judiciary of the Party. A truly unenviable task but the Achilles heel of maintenance of order that is including all elective processes.
The NPC are the legislators and should be knowledgeable about how the jigsaw fits together.
The late Advocate Nkiwane and I spent many, many hours discussing the formidable nature of the way our Party is governed.
There is no dysfunction but quite regularly malfunction.
It is when the executive dons the mantle of the judiciary or the legislative that things fall apart.
There is no one in ZAPU that cannot be disciplined, from President to the newest member.
Much harm is done when the function of the CoE's is undermined or the Elders themselves prove spineless to act in the face of clear breaches.
No progress is made when members simply look to the elected to be the only ones responsible for Party growth.
ZAPU is you. ZAPU is me.
It is for everyone to stand up when there is something to be done.
Did you ever hear about the story of Everybody, Anybody and Nobody?
Please find it and read it.
Let me finish where I started.
With gratitude to the Province that gave me the opportunity to serve. For me the vision remains the same. Any position in ZAPU is not about any individual seeking personal glory or recognition. The aim always is to make this great Party, great again.
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Zapu Europe chooses a new PEC
02 May 2016 | 421 Views
On Saturday 30 April 2016, Zapu Europe chose its new provincial executive committee (PEC). Arthur Molife was given a clear mandate to lead this PEC after fighting a strong and spirited challenge from the only other contender, Ms Thembie Mpofu. Ms Susan Ndlovu took over the vice chairperson's position uncontested due to her popularity following her achievements as the outgoing Zimbabwe African Women's Union (ZAWU) chairperson. The women met separately to endorse Ms Sipho Sibanda as the new ZAWU head. Mr Siqhelile Ndlovu came out all guns blazing to reclaim his finance
portfolio. The youth were not to be left out as Nkosiphathise Cakes 'Makhekhe' Vundhla snatched the policy and strategy post from two other candidates while Arnold Dube fought a strong field of contenders to make it as one of the new four committee members.
Results apart, this AGM was a resounding success. The Church of the Martyrs in Leicester was abuzz with excitement throughout. This is not to say there was not a few tense moments with members from the floor challenging some procedures, what with the ever questioning youth. This writer was impressed with the maturity shown in reaching quick but fair resolutions. The council of elders and its Elections committee showed great skill in navigating the proceedings leading to a peaceful casting of votes. Elders Reginald Mhlanga, Brian Muvirimi, Herbert Mafohla and Mr Lawrence Siziba's team deserve a pat on the back. What was even more striking was the good attendance and good camaraderie shown by the delegates. This was reminiscent of the Milton Keynes days when Zapu was re-launched in Europe after its revival back home. Ms Florence Moyo was quoted as saying,'This is an indication that the party's fortunes are about to change for the better, more people will flock to our next meetings just as in the early years after Zapu's revival'. Colleagues drove all the way from as far as Newcastle while a party of five flew from Northern Ireland just to cast their free vote. A free vote is something that remains a pipe dream in modern day Zimbabwe. 'My vote is my secret and I want to make it count' stated Mr Titus Dongo from Birmingham.
The NPC nominee Mrs Sakhile Sibanda kicked off the speeches with a message from the Zapu president, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa who wished the delegates a successful AGM. The outgoing chairman gave a powerful speech beseeching the party in Europe to maintain the unity that had been cultivated in the last four years. Former Magistrate, Mr Johnson Mnkandla challenged the younger delegates in the hall to continue
the fight to bring Zanu-pf to account for atrocities committed in the early 80s which are better known as the Gukurahundi atrocities and the current misrule.
There was joyful singing, dancing, sloganeering, toyi-toying and for a moment one could be forgiven for thinking that these people were free at last. This continued until the all the cast votes were counted. Below is the full list of those who were voted into the new committee:Chairperson
- Arthur MolifeVice chairperson
- Susan NdlovuSec for Admin
- Thabiso MabhenaSec for finance
- Siqhelile NdlovuSec for mobilisation
- Adi MoyoSec for info and publicity
- Bokani M VundhlaSec for policy and strategy
- Cakes Nkosiphathise VundhlaSec for Security
- Eckem NdlovuSec for culture
- Ms Zenzo SizibaSec for Education, health and welfare
- Nomathamsanqa TholoZawu chair
- Ms Sipho SibandaYouth Chair
- Awaiting Youth CongressCommittee members:
1. Rosina Ncube
2. Cosmas Sikhosana
3. Arnold Dube
4. Princess Khumalo
"This committee awaits its formal confirmation
which should soon follow after we submit our reports about the conduct and results
of this elective AGM to the national Zapu structures in Zimbabwe. The people have spoken," stated Mr Mafohla, chairman of the Elections Committee.
ZAPU Belfast Rally: A Revolutionary Protest
25 April 2016 | 1778 Views
ZAPU BELFAST took to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the 18th of April to protest the so called Independence Day. While other movements and the majority of Zimbabweans protested all over the country and the world, ZAPU Europe gathered at Belfast City Hall and held a protest/toyi toyi whereby ZAPU shared the plight of the stolen revolution in Zimbabwe with the international community.
ZAPU was challenging the illegal farm invasions, the $15 billion corruption scandal, the abduction of political activists and civilians, continuous human rights abuses and the sham independence that we have had for the past 36 years.
The toyi-toyi was vibrant and attracted passers-by, opposition parties and others who came to support, enquire and observe. It was all noise and the drums banged as the comrades burst out in song and the banners came out. ZAPU slogans resonated all over the city hall and the yellow Tshirts illuminated the streets as photographers helped themselves to photos.
After the singing of protest and revolutionary songs, speeches were made. First came up, the ZAPU Europe Vice Chairman, Arthur Molife, who touched on a few issues affecting the party and country as a whole. Mr A Molife spoke on the importance of embedding the youth into the new ZAPU set up, and emphasised the importance of laying strong foundations and building bridges so that when the youth take over the party they have something tangible to push the party forward. He also mentioned the tribalism which was caused by ZANU to divide the country.
Then came the radical and outspoken Europe Youth Front Vice Chairman Cde Cakes who spoke deeply on the history that brought about the independence of our country. Cakes spoke on a revolution betrayed and challenged the ZANU government that brought about Gukurahundi, destroyed the economy and dignity of the country and suppressed the will of the people. He said young people had to stand up and be counted.
Soon after took to the floor the interim chairperson of ZAPU Belfast, Cde Cosmas, another young commander who spoke very briefly, touched profoundly on the importance of being united in Belfast and keeping the ZAPU flag flying high. Finally stepped up Cde Sipho Sibanda who spoke on behalf of ZAWU ( The women's wing of ZAPU). Sipho Sibanda, as she was closing the speeches, thanked all the comrades who made it happen and also thanked the guests from various political movements and groups who had come to show support. Part of those were Zunde and other political movements from across Europe. Sipho Sibanda focused her speech on the role of the women within ZAPU and Zimbabwe. She spoke on the empowerment of women in ZAPU and encourage all women to draw inspiration from the ZAWU of yesterday and the revolutionary women of the past, who dared and challenged the smith regime until the country was taken.
VP Mphoko vanished during war - ZAPU puts record straight on Mphoko's war credentials.
08 April 2016 | 13184 Views
ZAPU notes with sadness the level of unprofessional journalism that was displayed by the Chronicle edition of Wednesday 06 April 2016, in which its reporter Nduduzo Tshuma openly and unashamedly displayed gross disregard of ethical journalism practice
both by himself and the Chronicle.
It was shocking to us as ZAPU that after the President Dr Dabengwa gave a commemoration lecture on the late ZPRA General Lookout Masuku on Tuesday 05 April 2016, Tshuma only chose to hear of a name that was never mentioned in the whole lecture and coming up with a story seeking to buttress Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko's war credentials and history.
It is however necessary at this juncture for ZAPU to set the record straight about this whole issue and Vice President Mphoko's status according to ZAPU.
with, the President Dr Dabengwa, without giving any names, mentioned that two people were left behind in Mozambique when ZIPA collapsed. One was responsible for Logistics while the other was responsible for Reconnaissance in the Gonarezhou and Malipati areas.
Phelekezela Mphoko, whose nom-de-guerre was Report and Tommy Ndebele, were the two ZPRA fighters who were left behind in Mozambique, with each given assignments according to their deployment.
Mphokos assignment, as Chief of Logistics at that time, was to await the delivery of arms from East Germany, arms and equipment which had been given to ZIPA to be split between the two armed forces.
He was supposed to get the ZPRA Forces allocation of the weapons and ensure their safe passage for deployment in the Gonarezhou Park through to Malipati.
It is hereby categorically stated that Mphoko was supposed and expected to return to Zambia at the end of his one assignment and make a report to his superiors, which he never did.
ZPRA has no idea what became of the weapons and equipment he was assigned to take care of when he was left behind in Mozambique.
ZPRA and ZAPU never saw or heard from him since then only for him to resurface in 1980 after the country attained independence, having been last with ZPRA in 1976.
It might be of interest to the reporter to note that Mphoko remained in Mozambique for only one assignment and a sane person will know it doesn't take over four years to only receive a single consignment of weapons during a war of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia proportions.
Tommy Ndebele, responsible for Reconnaissance did not see much of his assignment as he disappeared in combat and ZAPU believes he was killed in his line of duty, suspectedly by ZANLA Forces who did not want him to penetrate the areas he was assigned to, especially the Malipati front.
It then becomes interesting as to how a trained journalist decides to reduce a memorial lecture of a decorated cadre and national
hero of Mafela's statue into one story that is depictive of the circus currently obtaining in ZANU PF.
Instead of reporting on the event the reporter sought to drag the nation into filthy succession dogfights in fractured ZANU PF and seek to use Dr Dabengwa's name to clean the uncleanable and improve Mphoko's image and dubious war credentials.
The only correct and factual part of Nduduzo Tshuma's story is when he mentions that Dr Dabengwa was speaking at the memorial lecture to commemorate the death of General Lookout Masuku.
The nation was interested in the Lookout Masuku Legacy and contribution to the country's freedom yet Tshuma and the Chronicle
decided to turn the whole event into some bootlicking frenzy.
It must be clearly understood that Dr Dabengwa was highly diplomatic and avoided the Mphoko issue on the day as he concentrated on the important business of the day. It then boggles the mind as to where this reporter and Chronicle got Mphoko's name as it was never mentioned by The President Dr Dabengwa.
ZAPU therefore urges the reporter and the Chronicle to go back to journalism basics and uphold ethical practice as their role is to inform, not misinform.
While it is public knowledge that the Chronicle is deeply involved in the current succession wars in the fractured ZANU PF, it is also important for the Chronicle to revert to its constitutional mandate of informing the public.
It goes without saying that the information they give out must always be factual all the time irrespective of who is being covered.
Ibhetshu LikaZulu commemorates Gukurahundi Massacres
20 January 2016 | 1710 Views
Bulawayo based pressure group Ibhetshu LikaZulu plan to commemorate the notorious Gukurahundi Massacres that began on 20, January of 1982."Today the 20th of January is the day in which it assumed it's the day Gukurahundi started, so will be having the commemoration on Saturday" it said in a brief statement. The event is a remembrance of an estimated 20 000 largely Ndebele speaking people who perished in Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s, in what has become known as the Gukurahundi Massacres.The commemorations run under the theme - Gukurahundi massacres: Searching for peace and national healing through compensation
Matabeleland has never known peace since independence: Mugabe's Legacy: Genocide
22 January 2016 | 692 Views
Human Rights activist Khumbu Maphosa has said Matabeleland Region has never known peace and stability since independence in 1980."Since 1980 when Zimbabwe got its independence, the people of Matabeleland have not enjoyed human rights," he said.He said between 1982 and 87 the region was hit by Gukurahundi , a government sponsored genocide, between 1992 and 1995, the region was hit by Economic Structural Adjustment which led to mass retrenchments, between 1998 and 2008 there was political intimidation and operation Murambatsvina and also loss of jobs due to farm invasions and economic melt down and forced migration together with xenophobia in South Africa and victimisation in Botswana.He said between 2009 and 2014 drought, loss of jobs due to closure of companies in Bulawayo and unfair budgetary allocations affected the region most.""Issues of underdevelopment, tribal discrimination, deployment of civil servants who do not speak local languages and expropriation of natural resources have been with the people of Matabeleland since 1980," he said.
'Murderous Mugabe Must Compensate Gukurahundi victims'
23 January 2016 | 1349 Views
Compensation for Gukurahundi victims took centre stage during today's commemorations for the bloody atrocities.
Various speakers said the victims with the aid of pressure groups must intensively lobby the Robert Mugabe led Government to compensate the victims. They said the atrocities are a national scare and shame.Bekezela Fuzwayo of Ibhetshu likaZulu said: "It is not our wish to meet in a private place. We tried to seek audience with authorities since 2012 to hold the event in a big venue with no results.""So we might be in a small place but its significant to gather."The event is a remembrance of an estimated 20 000 largely Ndebele speaking people who perished in Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s, in what has become known as the Gukurahundi Massacres.The commemorations run under the theme - Gukurahundi massacres: Searching for peace and national healing through compensation.One speaker Dumisani Mpofu said compensation is key."We need it and must take centre stage. Community based compensation is pointless.""We prefer individual ones" he said. He said comprehensive research should be done on how people should be compensated."We should lobby the British government to release key information on what happened. The British played key role in integrating Zapu and Zanla armies.""It will be irresponsible for British regime to conceal such information".Other speakers said the current government will not push for national healing as the leadership was heavily involved.
Forming a unity government with Zanu was a mistake its time to correct mistakes
30 January 2016 | 2083 Views
ZAPU has discovered that forming a unity government with Zanu PF was a mistake because according to ZAPU policies, manifesto and ideological programmes There should be spirit of togetherness, maintaining peace, proper sharing of commercial and communal land, respecting human rights , fighting corruption irregardless of culture, tradition, ethinic groupings, race colour, level of education, different political ideologies and political parties.
Zanu violated unity accord agreement by acting as if ZAPU is non existing while the two parties by that time agreed that they will work together as ZAPU and ZANU and now ZANU leaders cry fowl that why ZAPU pulled out while they hanged themselves with their own ropes.
Let the truth be said that its time to correct all the mistakes and all Zimbabweans and the outside world is invited to join ZAPU and do away with ZANU oppressive laws.We are here to liberate not to implement oppressive laws to the troubled civilians.
Zimbabweans die almost every holidays on their way to neighbouring countries due to long trips they travel because of the ZANU government which does not provide employment to its citizens.
They are left with no option but to cross the borders to look for greener pastures which they don't get only to be intimidated and to be called Makwerekwere in foreign lands and to suffer due to xenophobic attacks.Enough is enough!!!!
Sikhumbuzo Moyo ZAPU RSA province writing on his private capacity .