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Opposition leader and former Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa has dismissed the Unity Day celebrations as an event being abused by the ruling party to continue its hegemony on impoverished and defenceless Zimbabweans.

Unity Day, marked every December 22, commemorates the unity accord signed in 1987 by PF Zapu under the leadership of the late vice president Joshua Nkomo and the Zanu of President Robert Mugabe after six years of deadly civil strife in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions.

In a statement, Dabengwa, who left Zanu PF to revive Zapu, said there was nothing to celebrate under the “so called unity day”.

“This year, Unity Day will be remembered as one in which the beast feasted on its children, showing that its disdain for democracy was not reserved for the opposition but could be turned inward,” said Dabengwa.

He said it was wasteful for the country to celebrate the day when Zanu PF was attacking those who worked to end the bloody post-Independence Gukurahundi conflict.

Dabengwa said Zanu PF has shown its disregard of its promises in the unity accord by constantly using the document to oppress people from Matabeleland region under the pretence that the two parties that fronted the liberation struggle are now united – hence there should be no such divisions.

December 22 has been celebrated as Unity Day since 1987 but Dabengwa questioned the observances saying PF Zapu has since moved out of Zanu due to Mugabe’s disregard for the accord and his “dictatorship behaviour”.

Political analysts interviewed on the importance of the Unit Day said it was one of those days which has not benefited many but is used to push political issues not unity.

Eldred Masunungure of the University of Zimbabwe said the only commendable development was that the accord brought peace and tranquillity soon after the Gukurahundi atrocities which Mugabe described as a “moment of madness”.

Masunungure said the majority of Zimbabweans still do not recognise the day as a national event because of how it came about.

“The first downside is that the accord was only signed by two people alone without the public from both involved parties being involved,” he said.

“Enjoying or commemorating this day as a national event has not been sufficient. What we can only applaud is that the day brought peace and tranquillity in the country.”

Masunungure said the fact that some PF Zapu cadres still criticise the day and try to revive the history of Gukurahundi showed that other parties were still not happy.

He described the accord as “shaky”, adding that if “Mugabe was to leave, it will be dead.

The “controversial” appointment of the new vice president Phelekezela Mphoko, Masunungure added, would not bring any qualitative influence over the tense accord.

“More than 90% of Zimbabweans, even those from Matabeleland, did not know Mphoko.

“I too didn’t know or never heard of him. He does not seem to have the weight or the stamina to bring sanity between Zanu PF and Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU),” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe