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Zapu warns dissidents

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ZAPU has threatened to expel its members who are still working with fired Bulawayo provincial chairman Ray Ncube and youth leader Mqondisi Moyo outside party structures.

Report by Blondie Ndebele Own correspondent

Ekem Nkala, the party’s national chief security officer, issued the threats in an interview with NewsDay on the sidelines of a Zapu rally at Mpopoma Hall at the weekend. He said the party will start identifying those who support the expelled members and deal with them accordingly. Nkala said Zapu’s operations in Bulawayo were being sabotaged by Nkala and Moyo’s sympathisers.

“Members are here, but the structures are collapsing,” he said.

“There are some people who are sympathising with the expelled members who now have a hidden mission to destroy the party. If we find them, we will chuck them out. This organisation is not for individuals.”

Nkala said the party had dealt with ring leaders of a revolt against the Zapu national leadership led by Dumiso Dabengwa.

“If they feel what Zapu has done is not enough, they are free to go,” he said, adding that the instability in the party could tear it apart if corrective measures were not taken.

“Bulawayo province was almost dead, now we can say it has been revived following the expulsion of those who destabilised the party,” he said.

Nkala accused the Bulawayo provincial leadership of having a hidden agenda by claiming that the executive was now too old.

Ncube was expelled on October 1 over allegations that he wrote a letter to Dabengwa challenging his authority.

Last week, party youths said they supported Ncube who said Zapu must be led by young and vibrant leaders who understand modern political dynamics.

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