By Bulawayo Correspondent
ZIMBABWE is still searching for freedom, self determination and nationhood, the opposition Zapu has said.
In its Independence message, the former liberation movement bemoaned the economic, social and political problems bedeviling the country.
“Many today erroneously thought 18 April 1980 was the destination in our quest for freedom and nationhood. “These could only have been achieved by a people whose development was premised on respect of the Constitution, human rights and who are tolerant to diversity,” the party fronted by war hero and former Home Affairs Minister Dumiso Dabengwa said.
With former President Robert Mugabe having came to power at independence in 1980, without mentioning him by name Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa described the former Zanu PF leader as a pretender.
“This became a very difficult task for the pretender who found themselves in power in 1980,” Maphosa said.
Maphosa said, the majority of Zimbabweans have been living in poverty and have not enjoyed the fruits of independence.
“The pretenders are almost done squeezing life out of the baby Zimbabwe and this they have achieved through corruption, looting, thuggery, nepotism, tribalism, rights violations and outright disregard for the Constitution,” he said.
The Zapu spokesperson said hope for a better life was slowly fading for most Zimbabweans.
“All hope for a prosperous society under a majority government have turned into a nightmare with constant episodes of agony and grief for the ordinary Zimbabwean.
“We witnessed a coup in November 2017, a total disregard of the Constitution and values as well as the aims of the liberation struggle and its tenets,” he said.
Zapu also decried the marginalisation of other provinces in the country singling out Manicaland and the Matabeleland provinces as cases in point.
Zimbabwe attained its independence from white colonial rule on April 18, 1980 with Mugabe assuming power as the first black Prime Minister. He was deposed from power in November 2018 by a military coup after 37 years in power.