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Zimbabwe African People’s Union


(ZAPU), an African nationalist party in Southern Rhodesia.

ZAPU was founded in 1961 as the successor to the African National Congress (founded 1957) and the National Democratic Party (1960). It advocated the armed overthrow of the racist regime, the establishment of majority rule, and the implementation of major democratic socioeconomic reforms. In September 1962 the party was banned but continued to function illegally.

ZAPU was led by J. Nkomo. It published the journal Zimbabwe Review. In 1976, ZAPU and the Zimbabwe African National Union, founded in 1963, agreed to form the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe under the leadership of Nkomo and R. Mugabe. In 1977 the front was recognized by the Organization of African Unity as the sole and genuine representative of the national liberation movement in Southern Rhodesia.

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La principal fuente de conflicto politico surgio de la rivalidad por el poder del Estado entre los dos grandes partidos politicos (ZAPU y ZANU) y sus respectivos brazos armados: el factor decisivo para comprender la historia de la ZAPU en el periodo independiente fue la violencia estatal.
In fact, Dizha became an important political activist for ZAPU, as he later became one of the leading African saboteurs in Salisbury, orchestrating a series of petrol-bombing acts targeted at state infrastructure.
ZANU adopted a Maoist strategy of popular struggle based in the politicization of the rural masses, while ZAPU adopted a more conventional military strategy and was closer to die Soviet Union than to China.
A former Zipra commander in charge of logistics who then became a politician, diplomat, and businessman, Mphoko's rise to the presidium in December 2014 was not without controversy, as his former colleagues from the ZAPU side of Zanu-PF wanted Khaya-Moyo instead.
His biases for ZANLA and ZANU and against ZIPRA and ZAPU are, however, hard to miss, with such definitive declarations as "ZIPRA's strategy lacked a grasp of the basic principles of a guerrilla strategy which the civilian Mugabe seems to have understood much better" (Sadomba 30).
Sibanda was part of the ZAPU legal team at the constitutional conferences in Geneva and London in 1976 and 1979 respectively.
Political rivalry has continued after the country gained independence in 1980, as evident in the conflict between ZANU-PF and ZAPU (1980-1987), and ZANU-PF and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) since 1999.
In the post-1980 period and particularly at the height of tension between ZANU and ZAPU (the two most active parties during liberation war) prior to the unity accord of 1987, the distinction between their respective former military wings ZANLA and ZIPRA mattered.
His novel, Ngenziwa Ngumumo Welizwe (I was influenced by the political situation), is "inspired by one serious dimension of the ZAPU side of the war, namely, its emphasis on recruitment of personnel in preparation for a conventional war against colonialism" (Chiwome & Mguni, 2003:139).
Kaunda allowed several African liberation fronts such as ZAPU and ZANU of Rhodesia and African National Congress to set up headquarters in Zambia.
Witness what happened when the late Joshua Nkomo, who led the other nationalist liberation wing ZAPU during the war of independence, was invited to join a 'popular front' government of national unity as vice-president.
In Blantyre, a representative of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Rhodesian African national rival party to ZAPU - said, "If Mr Wilson does not take arms to stamp out this rebellion, the Africans will have to take up arms themselves.