Revived ZAPU and its Vision for Zimbabwe
Dr Dumiso Dabengwa, President of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU)
Chair: Andrew Fraser, Council, Chatham House
The Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) initiated the popular struggle against Rhodesia's racist government in 1961, and contested the first democratic elections of newly independent Zimbabwe in 1980. ZAPU subsequently merged with President Mugabe's governing ZANU party to form ZANU-PF before reforming itself as a party of opposition in May 2009 in order to contest upcoming national elections.
Dr Dabengwa, a former leader of the pre-independence liberation movement who also served as Home Affairs minister (1992-2000) and Co-Chair of the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project Trust, will set out his vision for Zimbabwe to reclaim its position as a wealthy and united democratic force in regional and global affairs.