Govt Will Not Return Zapu Properties Taken Before Gukurahundi- Ziyambi

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi this week told the Zimbabwe Independent that Government will not return Zapu properties taken before the Gukurahundi genocide in Matabeleland and Midlands.

Ziyambi said he has not seen a petition by Zapu members urging President Emmerson Mnangagwa to release government’s grip on the properties. He also said legally there is no party called Zapu since it joined hands with Zanu-PF in 1987. Said Ziyambi:

First of all, let me state that I have personally not seen any petition to the effect of demanding any Zapu properties. Yes, I have heard and read that some people claim to have petitioned my office and that of the president over those said properties. Secondly, we come to legal issues covering such an issue. Legally speaking, there is no party called Zapu. Which one is the one you are talking about? The Zapu which existed prior to 1987 joined hands with Zanu PF to become one party. It goes without saying, therefore, that any property that belonged to either party before that Unity Accord of 1987 automatically belongs to Zanu PF.

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Gukurahundi is a term used to refer to disturbances in Matabeleland and Midlands in the 1980s which resulted in the death of an estimated 20,000 Ndebele people. It was carried out by the North Korean trained 5th Brigade which was an elite regiment of the... Read More About Gukurahundi

The Unity Accord was an agreement between Zimbabwe's two major nationalists movements namely the Zimbabwe African People's Union led by Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union led by Robert Mugabe. The agreement was signed on 22 December in 1987 to form a united... Read More About Unity Accord

Ziyambi Ziyambi is the current Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and member of Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front. Read More About Ziyambi Ziyambi

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