Chamisa calls for real unity but told unite with Mwonzora first


Here is the 1987 unity accord:

Conscious of the historical links between Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu in the struggle for national independence and democracy through the strategy of the armed struggle and their alliance under the banner of the Patriotic Front.

Cognisant of the fact that the two parties jointly command the support of the overwhelming majority of the people of Zimbabwe as evidenced by the general election results of 1980 and 1985 respectively.

Notwithstanding that Zanu-PF commands a greater percentage of the said overwhelming majority of the people of Zimbabwe.

Desirous to unite our nation, establish peace, law and order to guarantee social and economic development and political stability;

Determined to eliminate and end the insecurity and violence caused by dissidents in Matabeleland;

Convinced that national unity, political stability and order, social and economic development can only be achieved to their fullest under conditions of peace and unity primarily of Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu.

We the two leaders of Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu, that is to say Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, First Secretary and President of Zanu-PF; and Cde Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, President of PF-Zapu, held 10 meetings to discuss the possible unity of our two parties as follows:

1st meeting: October 21, 1985, Parliament Buildings 

2nd meeting: November 28, 1985, Parliament Buildings

3rd meeting: April 4, 1986, Parliament Buildings 

4th meeting: July 22, 1986, Parliament Buildings

5th meeting: December 29, 1986, Parliament Buildings

6th meeting: February 25, 1987, Parliament Buildings

7th meeting: August 3, 1987, Parliament Buildings

8th meeting: August 10, 1987, Parliament Buildings

9th meeting: October 23, 1987, Parliament Buildings

10th meeting: December 10, 1987 Parliament Buildings

Consequently upon these meetings and paying due regard to the principal issues raised thereafter, we have agreed as follows:

  1. That Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu have irrevocably committed themselves to unite under one political party
  2. That the unity of two political parties shall be achieved under the name Zimbabwe African National Union (Patriotic Front) in short Zanu PF
  3. That President Mugabe shall be First Secretary and President of Zanu PF
  4. That Zanu PF shall have two second secretaries and Vice-Presidents who shall be appointed by the First Secretary and President of Zanu PF
  5. That Zanu PF shall seek to establish a socialist society in Zimbabwe on the guidance of Marxist-Leninist principles 
  6. That Zanu PF shall seek to establish one-party state in Zimbabwe
  7. That leadership of Zanu PF shall abide by leadership code
  8. That existing structures of Zanu PF and PF-Zapu shall be merged in accordance with the letter and spirit of this agreement
  9. That both parties shall, in the interim, take immediate vigorous steps to eliminate and end insecurity and violence prevalent in Matabeleland
  10. That Zanu PF and PF-Zapu shall convene their respective congresses to give effect to this Agreement within the shortest possible time
  11. That, in the interim comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe is vested with full powers to prepare for the implementation of this agreement and to act in the name and authority of Zanu PF.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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