Zapu endorses draft charter

ZAPU has endorsed the draft constitution and is rallying its supporters to vote “Yes” for the document in the forthcoming referendum.

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In a statement yesterday, Zapu alternate secretary-general Strike Mkandla said the party national executive council (NEC) met last Saturday and resolved to endorse the draft charter regardless of its shortcomings on other pertinent issues.

The document, which has already received the backing of Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC, sailed through Parliament recently without hitches.
“Zapu’s NEC is advising members, supporters and all stakeholders to vote ‘Yes’ in the forthcoming referendum on the new constitution,” Mkandla said.

“But we firmly believe that in order not to start from the beginning in fighting for a truly people-centred constitution for Zimbabwe, we should qualify this draft with a ‘Yes’ vote during referendum.”

Mkandla said the draft constitution was a compromise document that gave a fair representation of the expectations of all sectors.

“Consequently the draft adopted by Parliament simultaneously reflects both widening of democratic space and three-legged features dictated by self-interest, most exemplified by what has been dubbed ‘parked’ provisions,” he said.

Civic society groups have already launched public awareness campaigns to educate the public about the contents of the draft constitution ahead of the referendum.

But the Lovemore Madhuku-led National Constitutional Assembly has threatened to campaign against the document, describing it as a “coalition government partners document”.

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10 Comments

  1. Phunyukabemphethe

    Good move bafowethu, good move – we want to embarass all these Gukurahundis and tribalists out there.

    They never want Mthwakazi to take principled positions on how we feel the country should be governed, that is wh ythey always raise red herrings about nothing, so that the Shona speaking voters don’t vote for leaders from the Mthwakazi regions.

    Its an old ZANU PF tactic, which even the MDC-T has now copied, we know it. It will never work, because not every Shona is a tribalist and many of them, are not onlyblood relatives of Mthwakazi, but are also proud citizens of our Mthwakazi provinces.

    Libayangise ngempela – so now, can tell us what all this noise about uMthwakazi wanting secession is coming from? Just because two or two people clamour for a separate country, then it means everyone else is of the same mind?

    Remember, in all our millions we were all dissidents in the 1980s, just because of some four hundred ZANU PF-created dissidents who were roaming the countryside.

    Not much has changed since then. This points to how desparate some of these people can get to be, in their efforts to spread hatred against the peaceful Mthwakazi people!

  2. Phunyukabemphethe

    Good move bafowethu, good move – we want to embarass all these Gukurahundis and tribalists out there.

    They never want Mthwakazi to take principled positions on how we feel the country should be governed, that is why they always raise red herrings about nothing, so that the Shona speaking voters don’t vote for leaders from the Mthwakazi regions.

    Its an old ZANU PF tactic, which even the MDC-T has now copied, we know it. It will never work, because not every Shona is a tribalist. Many Shonas are not only blood relatives of Mthwakazi, but are also proud citizens of our Mthwakazi provinces.

    Libayangise ngempela. So now, can they tell us what all this noise about uMthwakazi seeking to seceed and become a separate country is coming from? That is how they have tried to confuse people over devolution, isn’t it?

    Just because two or three people clamour for a separate country, then it means everyone else is of the same mind?

    Remember, in all our millions once we were all dissidents in the 1980s, just because of some four hundred ZANU PF-created dissidents who were roaming the countryside.

    Not much has changed since then. This points to how desperate some of these people can get to be in their efforts to spread hatred against the peaceful Mthwakazi people!

  3. I’m embatassed to comment about ZAPU, a group of disgruntled ZANU sympathizers masquerading as an opposition party. This is meant to mislead the people of Matebeleland into believing they have a party fighting for their interests. But the truth is that this party, headed by Dabengwa & his psychopaths has done nothing for us. They were & still are part of Zanu, & must stop fooling us.

    Matebeleland should stop electing small parties & vote for MDC T if they want to be part of decision makers who are going to rule this country.

    PHANSI NGABATHENGISI
    PHANSI NGABOTSOTSI
    PHANSI NGAMASELA EZAPU
    PHANSI NGABABULALI

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      @patriot

      First and foremost – everything you are saying is nonsensical, and this is why:

      1. You gave absolutely no evidence that ZAPU are Gukurahundi ZANU PF sympathisers – if you have this evidence, please educate us;

      2. ZAPU has never said its a party for Mthwakazi/Matebeleland, they have stated clearly they are a Zimbabwean party and their name says it all – so I don’t understand where you get this thing that it is meant to mislead the people of Mthwakazi/Matebeleland – on what grounds do you come up with this conclusion? Is it because its led by a Mthwakazi?

      3. “Matebeleland should stop electing small parties, and vote MDC-T”, what rubbish is this? Did you go to school, and do you even understand what democracy is? Mfowethu, you don’t elect a party because it is big or small, you elect it because of the policies; principles and visions that it stands for and you happen to agree with. There is nowhere either in the Lancaster House constitution or in the new Constitution that says small parties are illegal in Zim. It has never happened anywhere in the world;

      4. People who vote for a parties simply because they are big have a herd mentality and no intelligence – it looks like you are one of them;and

      5. Lastly – grow up!!

  4. @Phunuke…. I have followed yu fo sometime,let me clearly tell yu what yu sound like.
    ‘Yu appear to be of sound education and to pple who can listern carefully,yu are more active when talking about Mtwakhazi against Shonas. Yu appear very angry with Shonas.
    Yu are one of very few pple who are fighting very hard to make SHONAs realise the bad carried on the word Mtwakhazi.
    My question to yu,as well as Shonas are bad to Mtwakazi,how clean is Mtwakhazi to the history of the Shona pple?

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      @Gonamombe

      Where in my writings am I talking against Shona people?

      As far as I know – I am against Gukurahundis. So, show me where in my writings I have categorically and specifically stated I am against ALL Shonas, please educate me?

  5. To hell with tribalism!

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Exactly, agreed!

  6. @Phunyukabemphete

    “They never want Mthwakazi to take principled positions on how we feel the country should be governed, that is why they always raise red herrings about nothing, so that the Shona speaking voters don’t vote for leaders from the Mthwakazi regions.”

    This is where you reflect your hatred for Shonas. Anyway,you have done that before. We know who you are Mbonisi. Changing colours like a chameleon. Shame!

    Jsut one point of correction. The shona who lived in Matabililand didnot come there voluntarily.Someone carted them off as slaves at the point of an assegai. Now does that ring a bell on the guilt of some folks who always cry loudest about being sidelined , being gukurahundied and so on?

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      @shame

      Wena, can you please stop your useless Gukurahundi history lessons and try debating contemporary issues that are more relevant to our present circumstances.

      1. Now back to the quote you have above – how does that reflect hatred for Shonas, please explain – stop writing brief accusations and running away without elucidating?

      2. Is it a lie that THEY (the ZANU PF GUKURAHUNDIS AND THOSE WHO SHARE THEIR VIEWS) never want Mthwakazi to express their principled positions on how the country should be governed?

      3. Are they not the very same people who quickly label us tribalist whenever we express our postions on how the country should be governed?

      4. Is it also not true that, it is them specifically Mugabe, who castigated DEVOLUTION in a speech in Manicaland as divisive for a small country, yet he has no qualms in forcing through a provision for two vice Presidents in the constitution?

      5. Are they not the same Gukurahundis who fought hard to include that useless Preamble in Chapter 14 of the new Constitution about a unitary state and the indivisibility of the country?

      I say useless preamble because it was not even necessary because Devolution is not secession. It is probably secession in their silly heads which are full of imaginations!

      Now show me exactly where this comes across as hatred against the Shona? or are you trying to tell me that as far as you are concerned Shonas are Gukurahundis?

      Are all Shonas ZANU PF?

      You are a mad and insecure uneducated fool – wake up!!

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