As the ZAPU-UK saga rages on, with disposed chairman Nicholas Ndebele reinstated by an unelected council of elders following an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Leicester, we publish an email he has written to Mr Tichaona Dauramanzi accusing him of indiscipline. Mr Ndebele attempts to link Mr Dauramanzi, a former Airforce of Zimbabwe soldier with the most hated man Perence Shiri. Mr Dauramanzi has dismissed the email as the last kick of a dying horse, saying: "I cannot afford to be a friend of a dictator/killer. This email is an attempt to divert ZAPU supporters from a collective decision that was made in Leicester". "It is very pathetic to see someone of Mr Ndebele's social standing trying to use such a sad episode in our country with his failure to lead the party in the UK," says Dauramanzi. "This shows how desperate Mr Ndebele is, who honestly has not worked for the civil service in Zimbabwe? Even the entire current ZAPU leadership itself has at some point worked for the civil service, moreso the government of Mr Mugabe. In that case, Mr Ndebele should eject the entire ZAPU leadership because they have worked for government institutions. I have never worked directly for Mr Mugabe myself, I was a civil servant just like teachers, police and nurses and this was in the late 1990s. I had no influence in policy making, I was just a trainee airman. Mr Ndebele must be careful not to open a Pandora's box. In a way he is disqualifying all teachers, nurses, doctors etc from supporting ZAPU? ," he added.
Below, we publish Mr Ndebele's email unedited.
Dear Mr T Dauramanzi,
I hope you are well as I greet you and family today. It has been brought to my attention that you have declared yourself chairman of the UK/Europe zapu province and announced that I and Mr Magonya are no longer in our elected posts. I have got and continue to get phone calls asking me the same question that I now pass on to you: "Mr Dauramanzi, what are you up to?" A lot of suspicions are being raised about your real agenda in Zapu and although I have been trying to defend you as a senior committee member I am suposed to be working with closely, your actions are making it extremely hard to defend what is clearly becoming the indefensible.
Mr Dauramanzi, when people are raising very real concerns about your very close links to Air Marshall Pernce (Perence) Shiri through your engagement in the Air Force, your actions are not helping in dispelling those concerns. I am sure you appreciate what memories the name Perence Shiri envokes in many people of Zimbabwe and especially those in Matebeleland. people are also aware that the said Perence Shiri is perched at the helm of the air force for a very special reason to strike again with the same brutality of the "Gukurahundi" when the need arises.
In this respect, Gukurahundi was especially trained to exterminate Zapu and Perence Shiri is still positioned to do the same today. Is it therefore by mere coincidence that you today with those close links to him and having been mentored by him, are bussy and passionate about destroying Zapu? To consolidate the suspicions of the people, you seem to be passionate about bringing close to you and close to the control of Zapu, people who have also been closely associated with institutions/establishments that were used to suppress and fight Zapu as the Chronicle newspaper and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
All this gives a perfect picture of a well coordinated effort to continue to fight and destroy Zapu. The only difference is that this time round the job is being done from purportedly inside. People are asking questions as to why it is that suddenly, individuals who have been known and are still known for their long association with (if not the only association), the establishments that were and still continue to be vehemently hostile to zapu, are masquarading (masquerading) as the most zealous members and supporters of Zapu and yet their actions louder in terms of destroying the party.
Mr Dauramanzi, Zimbabweans are not as gullible as some quartters might think. You will realise that I have been quiet all along not because I cannot talk or write, but because I want to respect the leadership of the party and because I am quite aware of the real enemies of Zapu and the power they wield which power can best be combated with the truth. I knew also that very soon the real agenda of destroying zapu will expose itself, it was a matter of loosening the rope to make it longer.
Mr Dauramanzi, the people see through what is happenning and no guise will work. Zapu is a party distinguished by its trade mark of DISCIPLINE and I am sure that mark will be seen by all and from far and wide.
In the meantime Mr Dauramanzi, I urge you to heed the counsel of our elders and the party leadership and desist from giving your military-style directives as those of purporting to suspend the Information and publicity secretary. If there is anything that you would want me to clarify please dont hesitate to call me. Perhaps you can now answer the question everybody is asking; WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?
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