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President Mnangagwa Says The 1987 Unity Accord Should Never Be Breached

President Mnangagwa Says The 1987 Unity Accord Should Never Be Breached

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the 1987 Unity Accord is a key pillar of national peace and stability, and should never be challenged, breached or compromised.

The Unity Accord was signed by the late former President Robert Mugabe and late former Vice-President Joshua Nkomo at the height of the Gukurahundi massacres that claimed an estimated 20 000 people in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces between 1982 and 1987.

In his weekly column in a State-owned weekly publication, The Sunday Mail, Mnangagwa said the Heroes Day commemorations, held today the 8th of August, followed by the Defence Forces Day set for Tuesday revived bitter memories of the liberation struggle.

He said while there were political disturbances in the early years of the country’s independence, peace prevailed after the Unity Accord was signed by Mugabe and Nkomo, bringing together political parties that fought colonialism, Zanu PF and PF Zapu. He said:

Sacred Unity Accord

True, they were fratricidal disturbances in the early years of our Independence, but reason prevailed in the end, as our leaders met, talked and embraced, to give us a legacy of peace and stability we enjoy to this day, and which we have a duty to bequeath to posterity. The Unity Accord which our leaders struck is a key pillar of National Peace and Stability. It should never be challenged, breached or compromised by whomsoever.

The Unity Accord led to the ending of the unrest and an amnesty followed in 1988 under which every member or former member of the security forces was granted a free pardon in respect of any offence committed during the so-called “anti-dissident” operations. 

Some of the victims, however, have been demanding to be compensated for the loss of their loved ones. Some want the perpetrators to account for their actions.

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🎱⚪ 1 month ago

under which every member or former member of the security forces was granted a free pardon in respect of any offence committed

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

The free pardons were a cover up & an act of impunity. It was an indirect admission that heinous war crimes were committed. The Fifth Brigade were the major beneficiaries of the blanket amnesty. Although it is purported that alleged dissidents (victims) were the beneficiaries. Gukurahundi victims deserve real justice. not this sweep-it-under-the-carpet approach.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

How come ZAPU pulled out the amalgamation?
Thenjiwe Lesabe and Dumiso Dabengwa are not by any stretch of imagination political nonentities. Much as ZANU may want whitewash that separation, ZAPU is no longer party to that agreement. Those ZAPU cadres left within ZANU are there for political and financial expediency, just like the MDC Alliance MPs who conveniently kept below the parapet when Sissy Thoko stole into parliament on the back of a spurious Supreme Court ruling

Dr Hercules 1 month ago

With one vice president at the moment, guess who s breaching the 1987 unity accord????

Gk 1 month ago

The United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) party has bemoaned the “suppression” of fundamental freedoms and rights in Zimbabwe saying this was in huge contrast to what the living and dead freedoms fighters fought for. In a Heroes’ Day Commemoration message seen by Pindula News, the party pledged to fulfil the aspiration of the liberation struggle. Reads the statement issued this Monday:
United Zimbabwe Alliance Heroes’ Day Commemoration Message UZA applauds the bravery, patriotism and sacrifice made by Zimbabwe’s heroes and heroines in the liberation struggle which saw our beautiful nation attain its independence on April 18 1980. On this very important day, we recognize and salute the tenacity of the thousands of people who died so that the national dream could live again. UZA stands proud on our heroes’ and heroines’ shoulders, and we do not take for granted their sacrifice for a better Zimbabwe.
Our party honors these gallant sons and daughters for their heroism and daring nerve in fighting repression and subjugation. There is no illusion that the war veterans both living and departed envisioned a democratic Zimbabwe whose citizens would enjoy the one man one vote among a host of other fundamental human rights. The contribution of the likes of Leopold Takawira, Jason Ziyapapa Moyo, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Magarna Tongogara, Rogers Alfred Nikita Mangena, Dr Joshua Nqabuko Nkomo, Dr Samuel Parirenyatwa, John Landa Nkomo, Rtd General Solomon Mujuru and Dr Vengai Muzenda among a host of others sacrificed their lives for an independent Zimbabwe.
It is however sad to note that the blood and suffering of our gallant sons and daughters has to date not brought about the envisioned freedoms. Our biggest regret is that while we attained political independence, our citizens are yet to be free from the jaws of social and economic yoke. The majority of our people are wallowing in economic slavery which has seen most people failing to put food on the table. Zimbabwean citizens have been reduced to paupers in their own land. The liberation struggle has remained unfinished business more than 4 decades later. We doubt if the departed would be proud of what has become of the country for which they waged a brutal and protracted war. The collective national aspiration for a better life for all Zimbabweans has remained a dream.
Even the living war veterans have raised the flag that the current status of affairs in the country is not what they fought for. Our great nation has been reduced to a nation of vendors where even our graduates are selling airtime for a living. The soaring unemployment rate has pushed thousands into the diaspora while the remaining workers are poorly renumerated and failing to afford a decent standard of life. People’s pensions have been eroded by inflation and cannot sustain their living. Poverty is reeling its ugly head within communities, a development which has seen thousands of youths taking up drugs. Crime rates have soared amid a deteriorating economic environment. Corruption has become a national tragedy which has brought our nation on its knees. Our health care system is now a sorry state with limited personnel and inadequate apparatus and dilapidated and outdated infrastructure. State institutions have been captured to push political agendas.
The United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA), as the government in waiting, pledges to fulfil the liberation aspirations through upholding the rule of law and promoting transparency and accountability. As we reflect on this very important day, it is key that we redirect ourselves and realign ourselves to the aspirations of why we went to war. Our liberation ethos was clear that majority rule would see a prosperous and inclusive nation. Zimbabweans deserve better.
Happy Heroes Day!
UZA was launched in March this year with the leader, Elisabeth Valerio, a businesswoman declaring her interest to run for the presidency in 2023.
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😡😡😡 1 month ago

kana washaya zvekuita rara.


His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa has hit the nail on the head. The 1987 Unity Accord must not be tampered with.

This Unity Accord enviably protects former ZANU stalwarts against Gukurahundi massacres. Some were Defence Ministers, others Central Intelligence Ministers. These participated fully to their necks in the Gukurahundi massacres.

Unity Accord regarded Gukurahundi massacres as bygones. This is why real ZANU stalwarts at that time feverishly want to continue hiding behind the Unit Accord.

But the same former ZANU stalwarts are shaking the Unity Accord structure. As I write this piece there is no Vice President in government from former PF ZAPU as per Unity Accord agreement. These are some of the things threatening the Accord.




Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI


linox 1 month ago

kkkkkk Chinembiri yu are too analytic

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