Dabengwa who has since made it known that he is ready to challenge both President Mugabe of former ruling party Zanu (PF) and Morgan Tsvangirai of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) head-on in the next elections, is the first party president to make home visits campaigns in Masvingo province.
ZAPU national treasurer McDonald Muswere and youth chairman Tichaona Sithole are among other senior officials taking part in Dabengwa’s campaigning spree in the politically volatile district of Gutu. Gutu is Zimbabwe former vice president the late Simon Muzenda’s home area.
Sithole said the move to visit potential supporters in the comfort of their homes does not only reflect Dabengwa’s humility but also his maturity in the political pitch.
“A man of the people is seen by going to the people. Dabengwa is a guru in politics and this is reflected through his interaction with our supporters. A real leader goes to the grassroots, spend time with the people and get to know their plight.
“That’s what Dabengwa is doing and that is what will distinguish men from boys come next elections,” said Sithole.
Muswere who is also a prominent Masvingo business man said Dabengwa’s gesture is a true testimony that ZAPU is not a regional party. He said Masvingo has a huge ZAPU following as compared to other provinces.
“We are a national brand. People must not forget that we were the first to fight for the people’s rights in Zimbabwe. Dabengwa’s visit is purely a simple confirmation that this is not a party for Bulawayo,” said Muswere.
Dabengwa was officially welcomed in the district by Dhauramanzi family in Gutu.
Due to reasons which could not be disclosed to press, Sithole said Dabengwa decided to cancel the press conference which he was supposed to hold in Masvingo on Friday night.
Though he could not reveal exact number of homesteads or families met, Sithole, however, said the visit to Gutu was successful.
“Initially, we wanted Dabengwa to meet journalists in Masvingo but unfortunately due to some reasons that I can not disclose to you, we have cancelled the press conference. However, I can confirm that our Gutu visit is a resounding success,” Sithole said in a telephone interview.
Neither Sithole nor Muswere could be persuaded to disclose whether ZAPU had already engaged a campaigning gear.
“Wait and see,” is all what Muswere could say.