ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa has come on board endorsing President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and urging the rest of the Zimbabweans to do the same.
The calls by Dabengwa come barely a month after former First Lady Grace Mugabe, used the burial of her mother to make a passionate plea to all those who were opposed to the ascendancy of President Mnangagwa to recognise and support him as the leader of the country.
Dabengwa joins the list of other opposition leaders who have endorsed President Mnangagwa to include MDC-T and NCA leaders Thokozani Khupe and Lovemore Madhuku, respectively.
The statement by Dabengwa has come at a time when the MDC-A leader Nelson Chamisa is on a climb down calling for dialogue.
Dabengwa made the remarks during his address at the Bulawayo press club this Thursday.
In an article published by The Chronicle, Dabengwa reportedly said “I’m a realist and being realist, I believe that we have a Government with us today whether you like it or not. The current Zanu-PF Government is unlikely to change until 2023.
“In 2023 that is when the country will go for another harmonised election as per the country’s electoral cycle.”
He added: “I think for now what is important is to accept the gesture by Government on getting the Bill on devolution being tabled in Parliament. They (Zanu-PF Government) have come up with an idea of dealing with an (devolution of power) issue which they consider is in the hearts of most of the people in the region and they have decided to bring it forward and get it debated.”
“The debates on various issues like allocation of resources, the amounts of monies that are going to be allocated to the provinces, these issues are still going to be debated. The Bill is going to come up with suggestions on how Government intends to do it.”
Outside Matabeleland region, devolution is also popular in Manicaland Province.