SOUTH Africa’s opposition Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is “very disappointed” that the ruling Zanu PF has not invited it to its external relations conference in Harare. <
PAC leader Motsoko Pheko told the Zimbabwe Independent in an interview yesterday that his party was exasperated by the absence of an invitation to the meeting of former liberation movements and their supporters.
“We did not receive any invitation to the conference despite (the fact) we are close allies to Zanu PF. We don’t know why but we support Zimbabwe more than the ANC (ruling African National Congress) does,” Pheko said.
“We regard Zimbabweans as our colleagues, brothers and sisters because we were together in the liberation struggle. So we are very disappointed that we have not been invited.”
Parties and groups invited to the meeting include Swapo of Namibia, the Botswana Democratic Party, Angola’s MPLA, Malawi’s ruling United Democratic Front and Malawi Congress Party (MCP), and Zambia’s Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Unip.
Tanzania’s Chamachamapinduzi, parties from Swaziland and Lesotho, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement, the December 12 Movement from the United States, the Black United Front from Britain, Australian Aborigines organisation Suant, and the ANC – one of Africa’s oldest liberation movements – were also invited.
However, the ANC did not send anyone to the meeting. It instead deployed South African deputy ambassador Kingsley Sithole, a civil servant, to attend.
The conference opened on Wednesday with Zanu PF chair John Nkomo urging the political parties to intensify their efforts to safeguard their independence and step up land reform programmes.