In the Zimbabwe Rhodesian capital of Salisbury supporters of Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council (U.
In the Zimbabwe Rhodesian capital of Salisbury supporters of Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council (U.A.N.C.) demonstrated on Saturday (23 June) against veteran Nationalist James Chikerema and his newly formed party, the Zimbabwe Democratic Party. On Wednesday (20 June) the former U.A.N.C. Vice-President and seven allies broke away and formed the Z.D.P. Mr. Chikerema has accused Bishop Muzorewa of running what he calls a tribal mafia and ignoring the party constitution.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of U.A.N.C. supporters gathered at the party's headquarters to begin a march through the streets of Salisbury.
The U.A.N.C. has said that since the April elections were on a party list system, the eight breakaway former members must resign their parliamentary seats and be replaced by other U.A.N.C. nominees.
If the ZDP, members are allowed to retain their seats in parliament it will eliminate the overall majority of Bishop Muzorewa in both parliament and the cabinet.
After the protest march, the U.A.N.C. supporters were addressed by the party's publicity secretary, Chris Sakala. A legal row in now brewing between the U.A.N.C. and the Register-General who says that electoral law allows members of parliament to retain their seats after changing party.