Unity Accord A Dishonest Pact, Says Nkomo’s Son
Sibangilizwe Nkomo, son of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, has described the Unity Accord as the most dishonest document in human history.
The Unity Accord was an agreement signed by the late “Father Zimbabwe” and the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe in 1987 to end Gukurahundi Massacres.
Nkomo, who is set to contest for the ZAPU presidency, told NewsDay that the agreement allowed Mugabe to continue with his dream of creating a one-party-State. He said:
The worst and very dishonest document ever put together in the human history of agreements and contracts was the 1987 Zimbabwe Unity Accord.
Anyone who has taken sight of the document will tell you that it was either done or signed in a hurry or at gunpoint, as it were. It is a laughable document, to say the least.
For Joshua Nkomo, it stopped the killings, the rapes, the torture, the disappearances and the suffering of innocent Zimbabweans.
For Robert Mugabe, it massaged his ego to continue with his wild dream of a one-party State.
We are also grateful for the cessation of bloodletting. I’m on record as saying these types of agreements are a ‘Members Only Club’ type of arrangements made in the name of the masses, they can never work effectively.
ZAPU is scheduled to hold a congress in October to select new leadership following the death of Dumiso Dabengwa in May 2019 who led the pullout of ex-ZAPU members from the accord in 2008 citing ZANU PF insincerity.
Nkomo will battle it out with Strike Mkandla, the current secretary-general, Matabeleland South chairperson Matthew Sibanda, United Kingdom-based Sithembiso Mpofu, Bernard Magugu, current treasurer-general Mark Mbaiwa and the party’s spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa.