The African National Council (ANC) has castigated Zanu PF and the two MDC formations for failing people in Matabeleland by only paying attention to the region during election period.
The party, formerly known as United Parties under the leadership of the late Abel Muzorewa, said it was time people of Matabeleland took their destiny into their own hands.
Nesbert Mutengezanwa, the party’s secretary-general, said the continued marginalisation of the Matabeleland region by successive regime, including the inclusive government, was an embodiment of failure to address the issues that continued to bedevil the region.
“It is only when an election is approaching that principals to the Global Political Agreement all of a sudden remember the unfulfilled promises made to the region,” he said. “It is time for Matabeleland not to put its destiny in the hands of parties that do not have its best interests at heart.”
Mutengezanwa said it was time for the Matabeleland region to put the destiny of its future in its own hands.
Meanwhile, the party has pushed its elective congress to November 24 after facing a number of challenges in organising the event that was initially pencilled to be held at the end of last August.
The congress is expected to elect a new party leader to replace Muzorewa, who died in April this year.