MDC, Zapu strategise for polls

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Bulawayo will turn into a political battlefield this weekend as Zapu and the Welshman Ncube-led MDC hold decisive provincial meetings.

The sessions would gauge their state of preparedness ahead of possible elections this year.

The country’s second biggest city is expected to produce some of the fiercest election contests with four parties — MDC T, MDC, Zapu and Zanu PF — all keen to establish a foothold in the region.

MDC provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu said the meeting would be used to audit party structures in preparation for general elections, which President Robert Mugabe wants held this year.

“We will be auditing the party structures and looking at our preparedness for elections,” he said.

“We will be auditing structures from branch to district level with emphasis on readiness for elections.”

He said the meetings would also establish if MDC supporters are on the voter’s roll and encourage more to register.

But Ndlovu said the elections can only be held next year.

Zapu’s Masotsha district chairman Hebert Sikhosana said their meeting would strategise on the forthcoming elections.

“We have a meeting this weekend on Saturday at Emakhandeni Hall and we will be discussing the issue of national elections that are forthcoming and the issue of devolution of power in the new constitution,” he said.

The MDC-T, which of late has been rocked by factional clashes, has the majority parliamentary and council seats while Zanu PF has not won a single seat in the city since 2000.