Zapu threatens ‘NO’ vote campaign

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The revived Zapu party whose stronghold is Matabeleland has warned it would campaign for a ‘No’ vote in the referendum if the devolution of power and proportional representation were not enshrined in the new constitution.
The party said the existing 10 administrative provinces were “unviable” and unelected governors were powerless”.
It demanded the decentralisation of power to five provinces of Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Masvingo, Manicaland and the Midlands.
“Zapu wants the world to know that our party will vigorously campaign for a big “No Vote” in the referendum if the new constitution has no devolution of power and proportional representation,” Zapu said in a statement yesterday.
We will not accept anything less.”
The party said it believed devolution provided for democracy as people at the grassroots would have power over their natural resources.
“The current unitary system of governance is to blame for the exploitation and manipulation of the rest of the regions by one powerful region.
“Other people have been denied opportunities and benefits from their own resources and areas,” it said.