Zapu interim leader Dumiso Dabengwa is on course to claiming the party’s presidency at the forthcoming Zapu national congress after securing nominations from at least 10 of the party’s 14 voting provinces.
The revived Zapu will hold its congress in Bulawayo at the end of this month.
Zapu officials said Dabengwa, who already has the backing of Midlands and Matabeleland South provinces, over the weekend received the backing of Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, United Kingdom and Europe, Harare, South Africa and Masvingo provinces
Midlands and Matabeleland South conducted their nominations last week.
Zapu’s secretary for administration, Mark Mbayiwa, yesterday said he was yet to receive nominations from Canada, the United States of America, Manicaland and Mashonaland Central.
“Bulawayo did its nominations on Saturday and they have selected Dabengwa. Matabeleland North nominations were done yesterday (Sunday) and Dabengwa was the only candidate nominated.
Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Harare, South Africa, Masvingo and United Kingdom and Europe provinces have all nominated Dabengwa,” said Mbayiwa.
Zapu has 14 provinces namely, Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Manicaland, South Africa, United Kingdom and Europe, Canada and the United States of America.
Zapu will hold its congress at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds from August 27 to 30.
The congress will see the party electing a new leadership that will include members of the national council, the executive and council of elders.
Dabengwa is almost assured of the presidency after securing the majority of the nominations although nominations from the floor are also permitted during the congress.
In addition, each of the provinces will elect 10 people into the national council and one person to the national executive, the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress.
Each province will elect one person to go into the council of elders, to be composed of people 60 years old and above. Their role in the party is to advise party leadership.
The congress will be held under the theme: “Freedom of Democracy through Devolution”.
The theme is in line with Zapu’s lobby for the devolution of power in the new constitution.
Dabengwa, the former Zipra intelligence supremo, broke away from Zanu PF alongside other prominent politicians mostly from the Matabeleland region, throwing the Unity Accord signed by President Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, founding president of PF Zapu, into disarray.