Mugabe ignores Unity Accord

Mugabe ignores Unity Accord
Published: 09 July 2015 (1093 Views)
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's latest Cabinet reshuffle undermined Unity Accord between PF Zapu and Zanu-PF after he handed the Home Affairs portfolio back to his original party, analysts said yesterday.

Mugabe on Monday reassigned long serving Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi, a former PF Zapu official to State Security in his second Cabinet reshuffle inside seven months.

The Home Affairs portfolio headed by the likes of late Vice-President John Nkomo and Dumiso Dabengwa was a preserve of PF Zapu members since the peace accord to end the Gukuruhundi atrocities in 1987.

Paul Siwela, a 2002 presidential candidate now in self-imposed exile after escaping a treason trial, said the Unity Accord was always prone to manipulation by the 91-year-old leader.

He said PF Zapu policies and programmes were thrown into the dust bin including political friends.

Bulawayo-based political commentator Methuseli Moyo said there was no longer a substantive Unity Accord, but Zanu-PF wanted to pretend the deal still subsisted.

The Unity Accord only specified Zanu-PF and the government having two Vice-Presidents, one from PF Zapu and the other from Zanu PF. Its signing is still celebrated on December 22 annually.

- newsday

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