ZAPU angered by ‘exclusion’ from CSO processes

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

The Dumiso Dabengwa led Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) have cried foul over their exclusion from the civil society and church processes in the country saying they were being ‘ reduced’ to a small party.

Churches and civil society organizations have organized a number of events in the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo where several parties have been invited.

But the former liberation movement has claimed that it has been excluded from all the church and civil society related events in the country suggesting that they were left out in the ZESN meeting at the end of October.

“A trend is developing in Zimbabwe which raises suspicion. CSOs and the Church could be meddling in our politics as a nation. The exclusion of ZAPU from important processes such as the all stakeholders meeting on elections called by ZESN on the weekend of 29-30 October in Bulawayo gives voice to suspicion of meddling by organizations that are generally expected to be neutral and apolitical in their engagements,” said the party through its spokesperson Iphuthule Maphosa.

Maphosa highlighted that there was a peace building workshop in the city of Kings and Queens on Wednesday but the organizations had snubbed them questioning the criteria used to choose parties.

“Today, the UCCSA is holding a peace-building workshop in Bulawayo. To our surprise, all political parties have been invited except ZAPU. The Mother Party is left wondering if there is a criteria used in selecting who attends such processes and if there is a criteria, what makes ZAPU an exclusion,” said Maphosa.

The party scoffed at the civil society and churches for dictating which political parties to attend the meetings saying it was saddening that the country’s largest political party had been left out.

“Are our CSO and Church partners now kingmakers in our body politic that they determine who a political party is and who is not? How did they arrive at their list of invitees without ZAPU the oldest party in this land? Have the CSOs and Church joined the divisive and manipulative politics as conducted by ZANU PF and Robert Mugabe? Are they partners to ZANU PF and the Grand Planners who thrive on divisive antics of non recognition of those with an opposite opinion such as the oldest party in Zimbabwe is to Mugabe’s ZANU PF?,” they said.

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