Jeffrey Muvundusi 6 December 2017
BULAWAYO – Opposition party Zapu says the fall of former president Robert
Mugabe was a reason to celebrate but removing Zanu PF at next year’s
elections remains the goal of ordinary citizens and progressive movements.
Zapu is lead by former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa who was
tipped to be part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government which many
analysts thought was going to be inclusive.
The party’s national spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said the former
revolutionary party was never caught up in the euphoria that swept the
country following Mugabe’s fall.
“Zapu was never caught up in the euphoria that followed the deposing of
Mugabe some weeks ago.
“We celebrated the first of the steps of dismantling the dictatorship
Mugabe led, but we remain alive to the bigger job ahead, that of freeing
Zimbabweans from Zanu PF mismanagement of the economy and oppressive
tendencies by the party,” Maphosa said.
He said the solution was removing the system altogether as keeping it in
place would continue worsening the plight of the long-suffering citizens.
“Zapu has always been consistently calling for the dismantling of the
governance system that Zimbabwe inherited from the colonialists in 1980, a
system that was designed to suppress, oppress and marginalise certain
sections of our greater society,” said Maphosa.
Maphosa added that as subscribers to equality and equity they will
continue to advocate for devolution of power to replace the current
central governance system.
In the new dispensation, he said they anticipate wholesome electoral
reforms to level the playing field.
Mnangagwa, 75, a long-time Mugabe aide, was inaugurated as the second
Executive president on November 24, following the resignation of Mugabe
ahead of a planned parliamentary impeachment vote on November 21.
The long-serving Mugabe had earlier been placed under house arrest by the
military whose intervention led to the detention and fleeing of a cabal of
ministers whom it accused of being criminals.
Mnangagwa had been earlier fired from both government and Zanu PF to pave
way for Mugabe’s own preferred successor who many suspected was his wife,