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Unity must be maintained at all costs and those in politics and Government must talk unity and walk unity by availing the opportunities to the former PF-Zapu, former Zipra members. Some new top beneficiaries of unity must not forget that they are what they are because of the peace and unity attained the hard way after the liberation of this our beloved nation, Zimbabwe.

IT is sad to read and to hear about postulations by some people who either know the truth or decide having a stretch of imagination or are ignorant. Professor Jonathan Moyo has become a lonely voice in trying to correct some misconcep- tions.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has had to correct certain overzealous individuals who were never in the Unity negotiations.

In the past I have written widely about the historical antecedents of Zimbabwe Unity between PF-Zapu and Zanu-PF starting with the Joint Military Command (JMC) between Zipra and Zanla in Lusaka during the 70s.

The ZIPA in Maputo and Mgagao. The Patriotic Front which in unity participated at the failed Geneva Conference with the Rhodesian regime, the failed Malta talks as the British and Rhodesians wanted to consolidate their power using the liberation movements’ tacit support instead of outright takeover of Zimbabwe.

The two liberation movements attended the Lusaka Mulungushi Commonwealth Conference which was convened by Margaret Thatcher to prepare for the Lancaster House constitutional conference fearing a military take-over of Rhodesia by Zipra and Zanla forces.

After the Lancaster House Agreement and Constitution we came back home for the 1980 elections in which I was deputy executive secretary for the Zapu Elections Directorate. This led to the first Unity Government between Zapu and Zanu with 21 seats reserved for the whites.

Then followed the political strife infamously known as Gukurahundi. Some of our people who want to pretend there was no political strife some did not even suffer during that time hence they do not appreciate the importance and seriousness of the Unity Accord signed between Dr Joshua Nkomo and President Mugabe and the merger between the two revolutionary parties and indeed all the people of Zimbabwe.

Before the signing of the Unity Accord, our Zapu negotiating team and Zapu Central Committee met and deliberated for several days. The two parties convened their special congresses to ratify the Unity Accord.

We demanded that as part of the good spirit of unity Dumiso Dabengwa, Lookout Masuku and others be released from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison. Dumiso was a beneficiary of the Unity Accord as he was released and he became Minister of Home Affairs for 10 years.

Now there are some people who want to open old the wounds. In isiNdebele we say “sakhumisana umlotha” and Dr Nkomo and Mugabe signed the Unity Accord. The issue of two Vice Presidents you will recall that Cde Robert Mugabe was Prime Minister and Rev Canaan Banana was President. Government was changing form a ceremonial presidency to the Executive Presidency. Cde Mugabe would be inaugurated as the Executive President and would have two Vice Presidents in the party and Government.

No one in their sound mind could compare the president, a formidable liberation party and former Commander-in-Chief of Zipra forces, Father Zimbabwe to any other Vice President who did not head a liberation revolutionary party which liberated Zimbabwe.

We are together in this united party as veteran nationalists and liberators of standing in keeping with Dr Joshua Nkomo’s encouragement that we must keep unity and continue to work and support Cde Mugabe, our Zanu-PF party and Government.

Now here is why I support Prof Jonathan Moyo on why anyone should want to reopen old wounds. Do we want to destroy this highly cherished unity which is the envy of the African continent and the world?

Unity must be maintained at all costs and those in politics and Government must talk unity and walk unity by availing the opportunities to the former PF-Zapu, former Zipra members. Some new top beneficiaries of unity must not forget that they are what they are because of the peace and unity attained the hard way after the liberation of this our beloved nation, Zimbabwe.

We of former PF-Zapu are amazed to hear of a succession race to succeed our President Mugabe. In isiNdebele we say “akukho ilanga eliphuma elinye lingakatshoni”. The President will tell us also as part in this Unity when the time comes but for now let us all help the President in the affairs of State and national development.

Dr Sikhanyiso Duke Ndlovu is a veteran nationalist and educationist, founderdirector of Zimbabwe Distance Education Group of Colleges (ZDECO) former political detainee in Gonakudzingwa 1964 with Dr Joshua Nkomo, Josiah Chinamano, Daniel Madzimbamuto, Joseph Msika, CCG Ngcebetsha, etc director education in PF-ZAPU-ZIPRA Refugee Camps in Zambia former PF-ZAPU Central Committee member and Deputy Executive Secretary for PF-ZAPU 1980 Elections Directorate which led to the formation of the first post-independence Unity Government of ZANU and ZAPU former Deputy Minister Higher and Tertiary Education and former Minister of Information and Publicity former Zanu-PF National Secretary for Education in the Politburo, and current Politburo member.

Source : The Herald

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