Dumiso Dabengwa Expected To Bounce Back

The provinces held meetings over the last two weeks to receive nominations for positions at the congress and most of the provinces were unanimous in endorsing Dabengwa, despite some calls to fire him by some disgruntled party members who feel he is too old and tired.

However delegates to the congress can still make nominations from the floor.

Zapu spokesperson, Methuseli Moyo, confirmed that all provinces have held meetings to receive nominations and said the majority of the provinces had nominated Dabengwa for the presidency.

Moyo however said he will not say how each province made the nominations.

“From the nominations received the majority of the provinces have endorsed Dabengwa for the party’s presidency and we are now set for the congress,”Moyo said.

The revived Zapu will hold its congress at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo at the end of this month.

Moyo however referred further questions to the party’s secretary for administration, Mark Mubayiwa, who was not available for a comment.

The revived Zapu has 14 provinces that include local and international structures. The local provinces are Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands and Mashonaland West.

The other local provinces are Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Manicaland.

Foreign provinces that also have voting powers are South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

 Zapu broke away from Zanu PF last year and the party has indicated that it will demand properties that were taken away by the Zimbabwe government at the height of disturbances in the early 1980s.