REBELLIOUS Zapu PF members at the forefront of reviving PF Zapu at the weekend snubbed a meeting convened by Vice-President Joseph Msika in Bulawayo to iron out their differences.
Sources told the Zimbabwe Independent that Msika was dispatched to Bulawayo by Zanu PF in a bid to prevent the rebels from leaving the party, but most of them did not turn up for the meeting.
Those leading the PF Zapu revival â€” former Zanu PF provincial information and publicity secretary Effort Nkomo, ex-secretary for administration Tryphine Nhliziyo, war veterans leader Andrew Ndlovu and former politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa, among others, snubbed the meeting.
During the meeting, Msika vetoed a recommendation made by a Zanu PF commission of inquiry into the revival of PF Zapu, that Zanu PF members and officials spearheading the project should be expelled from the party.
Msika took a swipe at Dabengwa and the outgoing Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Macleod Tshawe for having allegedly attempted to trap him to attend a meeting at White City Stadium last month where the revival of PF Zapu was to be announced.
The vice-president did not pitch up at the stadium.
â€œI felt insulted by the invitation to address the aborted Zipra meeting at White City Stadium,â€ Msika said. â€œThey wanted to trap me at the stadium.â€
He said Tshawe was among of the renegades and had ignored his advice that the meeting should have taken place at Zanu PFâ€™s provincial headquarters â€” Davies Hall â€” instead of the stadium.
Â â€œTshawe did not listen when I said I donâ€™t want to address them at White City Stadium. He was part of the deadwood â€” part of the non-participators in the Unity Accord. They are ex-combatants, yes, but they never participated in unity talks.
They wanted me to go to White City Stadium so that after that they make a statement that they have pulled out of the Unity Accord led by Msika,â€ the vice-president said.
Msika told the meeting that was attended by Zanu PF national commissar Elliot Manyika that he was tipped off not to attend the meeting by Matabeleland North governor Angeline Masuku and central committee member Eunice Sandi.
Zanu PF is in a crisis in Bulawayo as almost all its experienced leadership has reportedly joined the revived PF Zapu.
Dabengwa and former senior PF Zapu leaders have caused discomfort within Zanu PF with their intentions to revive the party, which was led by Vice-president Joshua Nkomo.
Dabengwa, former Home Affairs minister under President Robert Mugabeâ€™s government, has always maintained that there has been PF Zapu within Zanu PF.
The former Zipra intelligence supremo was not formally expelled from Zanu PF when he aligned himself with ex-Finance minister Simba Makoniâ€™s presidential bid in March.
Makoni was expelled from Zanu PF when he announced in February his decision to stand as an independent candidate against Mugabe.
Meanwhile, PF Zapuâ€™s two day national convention will take place in Bulawayo on December 13 and 14 at Macdonald Hall in Mzilikazi.
PF Zapu national spokesperson Effort Nkomo confirmed the dates and the venue of the national convention.
The convention will be followed up by a congress early next year.
According to Nkomo, the convention will elect a new executive and debate the make or break resolutions made at a meeting held last month to revive PF Zapu.
Former PF Zapu members resolved on November 8 to revive the party.
The members agreed that political structures of PF Zapu cease to operate under the title of Zanu PF and that the structures work under the authority of the construction of PF Zapu.
â€œIn view of the fact that it was congress of Zapu that took the decision to enter into the Unity Accord with Zanu PF, it is necessary to convene congress to consider the wishes of the members to dissolve the unity accord,â€ Nkomo said.
The congress will be held in March.
The PF Zapu revivalists accused Zanu PF of failing to equitably distribute power under the Unity Accord, which was preceded by the bloody Gukurahundi era.
â€œIt was agreed in the Unity Accord that the two parties were equal partners, that has never been the case, Zanu has always acted unilaterally and ignored protests made by Zapu,â€ Nkomo added.
â€œIt is the perception of Zapu that equitable development in the provinces has not taken place and that Matabeleland in particular has been disadvantaged,â€ Nkomo said. â€œZapu can neither identify with nor condone the policies that are responsible for the political, security and humanitarian crisis of the past nine months.â€
He said they were also angered that despite an agreement that the Zanu PF symbol of a rooster be abandoned, the party maintained it knowing that it â€œcaused great offenceâ€ to PF Zapu.
Nkomo blasted Mugabeâ€™s administration for marginalising former PF Zapu members when he signed an inclusive pact with MDC formations on September 15.
By Loughty Dube