Zimbabwe commemorates unity day every December 22. The unity accord was signed between President Robert Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo.
Zapu which is led by former Zanu (PF) politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa said it no longer recognised the unity accord due to the neglect of Matabeleland people who were never compensated for the atrocities committed against them during the gukurahundi era. The era saw Mugabe unleashing the North Korea trained Fifth Brigade army on the people in the Midlands and Matabeleland resulting in many deaths.
The march which was scheduled to coincide with Unity Day on Wednesday had initially been authorised by the police in Bulawayo on 15 December, 2010.
Methuseli Moyo, the ZAPU spokesman, said five days later the police overturned the clearance and issued a prohibition order against the march.
Moyo said the first letter was signed by Superintendent P. Moyo of Bulawayo Central District. Superintendent L. Singo from the same office issued the prohibition order on 20 December 2010.
Zapu Youth Front secretary Patrick Ndlovu and information officer Tulo Makwati were on Monday, December 20 summoned to the police district offices at Southampton House where they were told in no uncertain terms by police and CIO chiefs not to dare organize the demonstration.
“Zapu believes the police commanders were forced to overturn the clearance after being put under pressure by members of the Zanu (PF) regime in the city. This is a blatant violation of citizens’ rights to express themselves freely,” said Moyo.
The Unity Day on Wednesday went largely unnoticed by Zimbabweans gearing for one of the merriest Christmas and New Year festivities after a decade long economic melt-down.