Mnangagwa in fresh Zapu properties headache

By Jeffrey Muvundusi

Zapu in conjunction with its former military wing Zipra has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the return of properties that were confiscated by the State soon before the onset of Gukurahundi in the early 1980s.

Zimbabwe’s then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and his wife Auxilia (R) attend the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on January 7, 2017.
Former governor Peter Chanesta died on January 2, 2017. / AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

In a letter gleaned by the Southern News dated November 29 and copied to Parliament of Zimbabwe, ministry of Justice, Provincial Affairs ministry, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and Mnangagwa, the Zapu and Zipra executives said they were not giving up in their fight to get what belonged to them.

“Mr President, following your inaugural speech at the National Sports Stadium, in which you spoke so glowingly of a new dispensation and a new era, where rights of every citizen are respected and promoted, we write to remind you of a major violation of our rights as Zapu and Zipra by the government of Zimbabwe, which you now lead,” said the letter.

The letter pointed that the latest engagement was in connection with properties and party records that were confiscated in 1982 at the onset of the Gukurahundi genocide on Zapu by the government.

“Suffice to say that the circumstances around the confiscations remain controversial up to this day. We hereby raise your attention to the violations resulting from the government action.

“The rights of individual Zapu and Zipra members who contributed personal funds towards the properties were infringed on by a government that was on a mission to institute a one-party state in Zimbabwe.”

“As the above rights were taken away, the right to decent and dignified life of owners of these properties were infringed on.”

In 1982, government seized 25 farms and 31 companies belonging to PF-Zapu after accusing its late leader, Joshua Nkomo, of planning to topple then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s government following the alleged discovery of arms caches on some of the party’s properties.

One of the properties that Zapu and Zipra want back is the multi-storey Magnate House which houses the Matabeleland headquarters of the Central Intelligence Organisation.

Mugabe reportedly seized Zapu farms under the pretext that they were hide-outs for terrorist plotters against his government.

The seizure heightened tensions between the two major political parties Zapu and Zanu PF culminating in the unleashing of a crack Korea-trained elite Five Brigade, which has been accused of massacring an estimated

20 000 civilians in the then Zapu strongholds of Matabeleland and the Midlands.

Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa yesterday confirmed the existence of the letter.

“We are an aggrieved group of people, but we have refused to remain silent. As such, we have been making numerous attempts and calls to engaging the government regarding our properties,” Maphosa said.

“The attempts have taken many forms, with the government obviously showing its usual arrogant approach to matters of importance.

“We have tried the legal system and we have cases probably parked in the courts, we have tried direct engagement where we have been ignored.

“I therefore cannot deny the existence of a letter to the president for we definitely will do all it takes to recover our properties,” he told the Southern News.

The letter, however, further noted that at law, there was absolutely no justification of the government action concerning the Zapu and Zipra properties.

“The reason for the confiscations being the alleged ‘discovery of arms caches on two farms’, the government was only supposed to arrest those who cached arms and take away the cached arms as exhibiting evidence.

“There is no provision at law for summarily confiscating the properties involved, let alone together with others where arms caches were never found”.

“In that regard, Mr President, we demand unconditional return of all our properties noting beyond any doubt that they were illegally taken away by a retributive government whose only fear was genuine opposition from a fellow liberation and only authentic revolutionary movement on the land.”

“The actions by government on Zapu and Zipra, especially around the above matter infringes on equality and belonging to the country as bona fide and equal citizens.

“We have been making calls for this over due process, albeit on deaf ears. In anticipation and trust that you will walk the talk on your promise to respect and promote people’s rights, we hope to receive from your government what duly belongs to us,” the letter further reads. DailyNews

  • chokwadi chakanaka mandevere ngaaregere kuda kumutsa irere,mangwana musazochema nhyka

  • Mthwakazis lefts flash Zanu in the drain. Vote it out.

  • Every one now is making claims that could not be made during the time of uncle Bob.

  • Who are those foolish people , they need further purge of coz

  • This ndeveres hey,

  • After 37yrs they suddenly remember they have stolen property

  • These guys are stupid after 37years

  • Which zapu, because nkomo’s party is now part of zanu pf

  • Bvunzai Mugabe is still alive nonsenseeeee

  • Let em get ‘that which belongs to them’ inga minda ya18 gochanhembe takatora waani kana vakatorerwa vakadzi dzoserwai kana vachipo, justice for all.

  • Who is ZAPU were owned by the group that went into the 1987 agreement

  • Which Zapu ?ZAPU ne Zanu zvakaita unity pakaumbwa one party Zanu Pf.Instead of focusing on how to improve the situation in the country,busy fighting for buildings.On the other hand stop macomments etribalism.

  • If zapu are the rightful owners of the properties, why not approach the court of law

  • Aaaaaah why vakuda kubvunza munangahwa kuka80s uko, kwaakare vaimbovepi.#talk abt taking advantage.. Zapu hakuchisina futh. Munodziwanepi news dxemyu imi

  • I also want my chicken that was stolen in 2002.

  • This Gukurahindi thing will turn ED into dictatorship,where were you all these past years,You cowards,face Mugabe he is still alive he is answerable to all those atrocities.

  • As far as politics is concerned there is NO zapu because the one we knew was incorporated into Zanu And the founder Dr Joshua Nkomo signed it period!

  • Why not ngavadzose

  • Its not Mnangagwa whom you must face go to the courts if you are aggrieved but since your story has happened more than 30yrs ago without reporting it the case carries no weight under our constitution hence haunting Mnangagwa with it is the only way out for Dabengwa and co’s selfish means. Second question is why the property was confisicated in the first place.

  • Nonsense iyo musatange musindo wamusingazogone kudzima kunyarara kwedu mashona hakusi kupusa ,pamakauya muno hamusi imi maifama muchitora vakadzi vatsuku vakanaka ,Mombe mosiya ma raper vakadzi kana moda izvozvo todzoserana nhai #musatangemusindo

    • Imiwo makabvawo neku moskeni muchipinda muno saka hapa hapana , ma moskeni gore riya vakamboti kumhiri kwa Save ndekwavo nevanhu vacho makarambira wani ,dai makayenda .

    • Iwe Sibanda nyarara ziguvhu Ndebele KwaZulu Natal ndokwenyu #musatangemusindo

    • Iwe Sibanda nyarara ziguvhu Ndebele KwaZulu Natal ndokwenyu #musatangemusindo

  • Those properties were bought by Zipra cadres using their personal funds, they deserve them, where does Nkomo & Unity come in?? If it was your father who had invested in such properties would you say the same nonsense you are spewing now?? What is so difficult for the government to just return the properties to it’s rightful owners??

  • Most people commenting here are youngpeople who are so foolish. They can not use tbeirbrains to think. They have no clue of what happening around them. Dont even know current affairs.
    Zapu went to court long time ago when Nkomo was still alive but because mugabe had power on everything, the case is still ongoing.
    It doesnt mean that merging of two parties, even properties were supposed to be taken by zanu.
    The properties were for the ex combatants to help themselves after the war not zanu.

  • The fact that you dont know kuti Dambudzo is more dangerous and toxic than gushungo ndiyo inoita mudzungaire kudaro,garwe is not an easy road like you dream vapfana ndiye atori serious and he can preach unity maskati but kwadoka gen’a rinokufiritayi setsikidzi mukapera mese and we wont hear about your tribe again
    Ndapedza anoda kundimamisa ngaasvike paden

  • why ddnt u tell tht to bob?why now

  • Nonsense

  • why now why ddnt I tell tht to bob nxaa

  • Why are these guys wasting our time beating about the bush? They should just state in the open and say boldly that we want a seperate state that will divide Zim into 2 halfs with 10% of the population taking one half and 80% of the population taking the other half and then we take it from there. Those who say they want to take up arms to achieve their obsession then do so now and those who, in turn, should oppose it be prepare to defend themselves. We cant spend all our lives being threatened with war. Lets get it over n done with. And those who will be defeated please just accept defeat, be wise enough to teach your chidren, grand and great grandchildren so that they wont sing and even you please don’t compose the ”.. We were killed..” song afterwards. Just bear in mind that it will be war and war is meant to take lives and there will be casualties and victims.

  • Vakuda kudherera ED vanhu ava ummmmmmmmmm

  • Matebele pple most of u bfo year end u b in hiding like uncle Jones plz stay away from trouble don’t create unbecoming situation in the name of being heard at th end it will b a tale told by a fool full of sound loud n furious bt signifying nothing

  • ED second round plz

  • ED second round plz

  • I think this is the work of J Moyo chete. Now trying to finish Zanu pf from exile. A split of of zapu, zipra forces from zanu pf can trigger tribal wars or can weaken zanu pf to the grave

  • Even after 100yrs its never too late for justice only fools thinks like those who thought 37yrs is a long tym

  • nhy maNdeere ari mushe mushe here…

  • Vanhu ava vane chinono , after 37 yrs ndipo vave kuzvifunga , mentality iyo kwave kuzoti vangatonga nyika , never .

  • This is quite positive for ED because if no one had faith in him no such requests would be made

  • This is quite positive for ED because if no one had faith in him no such requests would be made

  • ED is unstoppable at the moment. I didn’t know or expect to meet so many Zimbos in Maputo

  • Early 80s here varume? Why all these years?

  • All things belong to the government. What is zapu anywhere

  • Why was all this not done for the past 30 or more years during mugabe’s rule?

  • Why do you born frees comment on things you don’t know,you are all shitholes

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