Speaking at a public meeting organized by the pro-MDC-T Bulawayo Agenda on Zimbabwe election roadmap on Friday Zapu’s national secretary for legal and special affairs, Steven Nkiwane said his party was betrayed when it signed a unity deal with Zanu (PF) in 1987 and no longer trust coalitions.
“We were betrayed before, when we entered into unity with Zanu (PF) and we don’t want a repeat of that. We will not enter into partnership with any party. We are a national party which will go to next elections single handedly to fight Mugabe and we are assured of victory,” said Nkiwane.
Nkiwane also said Zapu was ready for elections but won’t enter into elections where the playing field favoured Zanu (PF).Addressing the same meeting the smaller MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said Zanu (PF) is demanding early elections so that they can brutalise their members.
“There want elections as soon as possible so that they can start brutalizing our members. We can’t have such kind of elections,” said Dube.Zanu (PF) is pushing calls for elections this year with or without a new constitution to undo the unity government. However, the two MDCs refused calls for fresh elections, saying it favours election roadmaps to guarantee a free and fair poll.
Negotiators from the three parties in unity government are currently working on the election roadmap that would usher in a new democratic dispensation in the country and which would be discussed during a SADC extraordinary summit on the Zimbabwe crisis to be held in South Africa next month.