Results apart, this AGM was a resounding success. The Church of the Martyrs in Leicester was abuzz with excitement throughout. This is not to say there was not a few tense moments with members from the floor challenging some procedures, what with the ever questioning youth. This writer was impressed with the maturity shown in reaching quick but fair resolutions. The council of elders and its Elections committee showed great skill in navigating the proceedings leading to a peaceful casting of votes. Elders Reginald Mhlanga, Brian Muvirimi, Herbert Mafohla and Mr Lawrence Siziba's team deserve a pat on the back. What was even more striking was the good attendance and good camaraderie shown by the delegates.
This was reminiscent of the Milton Keynes days when Zapu was re-launched in Europe after its revival back home. Ms Florence Moyo was quoted as saying,'This is an indication that the party's fortunes are about to change for the better, more people will flock to our next meetings just as in the early years after Zapu's revival'. Colleagues drove all the way from as far as Newcastle while a party of five flew from Northern Ireland just to cast their free vote. A free vote is something that remains a pipe dream in modern day Zimbabwe. 'My vote is my secret and I want to make it count' stated Mr Titus Dongo from Birmingham.
The NPC nominee Mrs Sakhile Sibanda kicked off the speeches with a message from the Zapu president, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa who wished the delegates a successful AGM. The outgoing chairman gave a powerful speech beseeching the party in Europe to maintain the unity that had been cultivated in the last four years. Former Magistrate, Mr Johnson Mnkandla challenged the younger delegates in the hall to continue the fight to bring Zanu-pf to account for atrocities committed in the early 80s which are better known as the Gukurahundi atrocities and the current misrule.There was joyful singing, dancing, sloganeering, toyi-toying and for a moment one could be forgiven for thinking that these people were free at last. This continued until the all the cast votes were counted. Below is the full list of those who were voted into the new committee:
Chairperson - Arthur Molife
Vice chairperson - Susan Ndlovu
Sec for Admin - Thabiso Mabhena
Sec for finance - Siqhelile Ndlovu
Sec for mobilisation - Adi Moyo
Sec for info and publicity - Bokani M Vundhla
Sec for policy and strategy - Cakes Nkosiphathise Vundhla
Sec for Security - Eckem Ndlovu
Sec for culture - Ms Zenzo Siziba
Sec for Education, health and welfare - Nomathamsanqa Tholo
Zawu chair - Ms Sipho Sibanda
Youth Chair - Awaiting Youth Congress
1. Rosina Ncube
2. Cosmas Sikhosana
3. Arnold Dube
4. Princess Khumalo
"This committee awaits its formal confirmation which should soon follow after we submit our reports about the conduct and results of this elective AGM to the national Zapu structures in Zimbabwe. The people have spoken," stated Mr Mafohla, chairman of the Elections Committee.