“The observation of the December 22, 1987 Unity Accord is a continuation of Zimbabwe's national aspiration to remain a united people. It is a universally recognised fact that unity breeds harmony, peace and progress in every field of human endeavour,” wrote Saul Ndlovu.
The 22 December 1987 Unity Accord between Zanu PF and PF Zapu was not about peace and progress if they were then where is the peace and progress in a country that is being torn apart is political turmoil and chaos and who economy is in total meltdown.
The Unity Accord was the fulfilment of Mugabe’s tyrannical dream of creating a de facto one-party dictatorship in outward appearance but in fact a one-man dictatorship. In the Unity Accord Mugabe was named as the first secretary of the united party, a clear indication this was going to be a one-man dictatorship.
The December 1987 Unity Accord was preceded by the Gukurahundi massacres in which over 20 000 mainly PF Zapu supporters including unarmed and defenceless civilians were murdered in what every honest analyst will admit was an attempt to destroy PF Zapu as a political entity. Mugabe himself has said again and again during those Gukurahundi days that the regime was fighting those who do not want “unity”. Indeed Mugabe has used the language and applied the same brutal violence since December 1987 against all his political opponents and critics.
More than 10 000 innocent Zimbabweans have been murdered since the signing of the Unity Accords; is that peace?
The one-man dictatorship Mugabe has created has stifled all meaningful debate and democratic competition within Zanu PF itself and in the nation at large in the name of unity. The nation has paid dearly for this stifling political environment because the all-powerful Mugabe has appointed his cronies in every sector of the economy to serve his no regime change agenda above all else allowing mismanagement and corruption to destroy the country politically and economically.
The people of Zimbabwe have aware of Mugabe’s failure to deliver economic prosperity which he has promised again and again but have been stuck with the tyrant. Mugabe has stayed in power for 35 years now because he was able to rig elections at will – in the name of unity, of course.