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Zapu youth, women congress set for August


Zapu will hold its youth and women’s wings congresses in August as the party gears for the next general elections.

Zapu organising secretary for the southern region, Mark Mbaiwa, said the congresses would be held between August 27-29 at a venue yet to be decided.

“We are yet to sit down and decide if it will be in the northern or southern region. The congresses will be meant to complete the work started at the main congress in August last year and prepare the party for national elections,” Mbaiwa said.

The party’s southern region comprises of Matabeleland, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Midlands provinces and the northern region comprises of Mashonaland, Manicaland, and Harare provinces.

Zapu held its first congress last year where former Home Affairs minister and Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa was elected president.

The party had last held its congress in 1987 before it signed the Unity Accord with Zanu PF on December 22 of the same year.

The accord gave birth to a unity government between PF Zapu and Zanu PF.

“When we are preparing for the provincial congresses and the districts, we will be trying to put together their structures and we will organise the women and youth structures in the process,” he said.

Last week, Dabengwa ordered party members to put aside their differences and ensure they had a substantive leadership by June 30.

Dabengwa met feuding party members in Matabeleland and Bulawayo provinces and cracked the whip at those bent on stalling election of substantive structures at the end of this month.

The two provinces were caught up in a vicious power struggle involving members of the party who were formerly in Zanu PF structures under the Unity Accord of 1987 and those who refused to be part of the former ruling party.

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