MKD, Zapu to join hands

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Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) has endorsed Zapu and vowed the next government would be a coalition between the two parties.

MKD national management committee member Norman Kaviza made the commitment at Zapu’s 50th anniversary celebrations held at Barbourfieds Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.

“If enemies could join hands like MDC-T and Zanu PF did to form a government, what will prevent friends from doing the same?” Kaviza said.

“We support Zapu’s initiatives and as MKD we say that the next government will be formed between Simba Makoni (MKD leader) and Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu leader).”

He said as a party, they were tired of the violence allegedly perpetrated by Zanu PF against the people of Zimbabwe and that could only come to an end if the former ruling party was removed from government in the next harmonised elections.

“It is through you, the people, that these people (Zanu PF) will go. We don’t want to shed blood anymore,” he said.

“We shed blood when it was necessary during the liberation war. I assure you that come election time next year, MKD and Zapu will be in power.”

The association between Dabengwa and Makoni is not new as the former Zipra intelligence supremo endorsed Makoni as a presidential candidate in the 2008 harmonised elections.

At the time, Dabengwa told about 700 cheering supporters at White City Stadium in Bulawayo that Makoni was on a “rescue mission” to haul the country back from a deepening economic crisis marked by record inflation.

Dabengwa said he had been joined by other unnamed senior Zanu PF officials in persuading Makoni to challenge President Robert Mugabe after the Zanu PF leader allegedly subverted his own party’s constitution in December 2007 to avoid a leadership challenge.

However, their marriage did not last long.
Dabengwa and other members who were previously in Zanu PF went on to revive Zapu.