Zapu to replace Dabengwa next year

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OPPOSITION party, Zapu, has resolved to hold a congress next year to replace its later leader and  national hero Dumiso Dabengwa.

The party was supposed to hold the congress on August 26 this year, but due to Covid-19 induced restrictions, the meeting was aborted.

But, the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress, the national people’s council (NPC), resolved at the weekend that the congress would be held on April 15, 2021.

The party has not elected a substantive leader following the death of Dabengwa, a liberation war hero, who died in May last year.

Mark Mbayiwa, Future Msebele, Strike Mkandla and Bernard Magugu have emerged as front runners to replace Dabengwa.

“Should the party decide to deploy from those who haven’t indicated interests we have the above comrades as well as the likes of Ralph Mguni, Mjobisa Noko, Edwin Moyo, Washington Jamela, Patrick Gabavu to choose from,” said party spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa.

 “Should the party answer president Dabengwa’s call for ‘amajongosi’ we have the likes … Msebele, Noe Dabengwa, Maphosa, Ndodana Moyo, Mthabisi Mlingo and many other young persons,” he added.

Maphosa further revealed that the congress will be organised by the party’s congress planning committee in line with coronavirus regulations.

Presidential candidates should have been party members for five years and national executive members should have served Zapu for three years.

Maphosa urged those vying for positions to approach the party’s structures.

“Members of the party wishing to contest for positions to approach their branches in their provinces to canvass for nominations. The canvassing, campaigning and nominations are to strictly follow the provisions of the party constitution,” said Maphosa.

“If there is an area where Zapu reigns supreme among all political formations, it is in leadership acumen and intellect as well as a clear succession provision within the constitution. We have a rich pool of capable leaders who will take over the number one position from president Mabuka, who in 2019 replaced the late president Dabengwa.”

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