ZAPU has said Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo’s utterances in Gwanda on Saturday confirms that the ruling party is aware that the Unity Accord is dead.
The Unity Accord was an agreement between ZANU and ZAPU that was signed on 22 December in 1987 to end the Gukurahundi massacres.
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Moyo, who was in Gwanda for a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC), told state media that it was the wish of late Vice President Joshua Nkomo for the 1987 unity accord between the parties to remain intact.
He said this following reports that Zanu PF Matabeleland South province on Saturday welcomed 28 ZAPU members who defected to the ruling party.
But speaking to NewZimbabwe.com over the weekend, ZAPU director of marketing and communications Patrick Ndlovu accused Zanu PF of engaging in cheap propaganda. He said:
The only positive to note in the story is the admission by Moyo that the unity agreement is dead and that ZAPU is no longer part of that accord.
It should settle the doubting Thomases and reassure the fence-sitters that Zapu is truly distinct from Zanu PF.
We would also remind Moyo that he should not speak on issues that are beyond his mandate.
Moyo was an Aide De Camp to the late Joshua Nkomo. He was not in the political structures. As such, he is not qualified to speak on the wishes of Nkomo.
What Nkomo in fact did say was ‘ngenani liphume lingela daka (go in and come out without being soiled).
Ndlovu said Nkomo foretold that a time for ZAPU to pull out of the Unity Accord was going to come and reassured the structures of his support on that eventuality.