Dabengwa to contest for presidency

ZAPU president, Dumiso Dabengwa (pictured) has been endorsed as the opposition party’s presidential candidate, days after cutting ties with the Coalition of Democrats (Code) – a coalition of opposition parties.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

Zapu spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa said the party had resolved to go it alone in the upcoming elections, subject to it cutting an election pact with other opposition parties and opposition party alliances.

Asked whether the party‘s president, Dabengwa will contest the presidential elections, Maphosa confirmed that the former Zipra intelligence supremo will contest President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the lofty post.

“Now that we are contesting as Zapu, it comes naturally that our president contests for the highest office. He has been informed of that decision and he is our presidential candidate,” Maphosa said.

Dabengwa becomes one of the many countless presidential candidates eyeing a post once held for the past 37 years by former President Robert Mugabe. There are currently has over 100 opposition political parties.

The MDC Alliance and PRC have chosen Nelson Chamisa and former Vice President Joice Mujuru, respectively, as their presidential candidates.

Maphosa added: “We are, however, still open to co-operation with opposition parties so that we will not contest each other in constituencies.

“We are open to negotiations with other parties on parliamentary candidates but as for the presidential candidate Dabengwa is our candidate. He is the missing link for that transition to normalcy and good governance Zimbabwe needs at the moment.”

Analysts have argued on the need for opposition parties to form a grand coalition to unseat Zanu PF.

Code brings together opposition parties such as Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe and other fringe political parties that are not part of the MDC Alliance and the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC).

Dabengwa said Zapu felt Code was betraying its liberation war ideals, while also alleging that the former liberation movement was failing to market the project to its members.

6 Comments

  1. why not go on holiday and leave this thing to Chamisa and ED you will do yourself a huge favor

  2. Dabengwa’s sell-by-date long expired.

  3. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Ava nemakore mangani zviya
    ekuberkwa musharukwa uyu? Chiendayi munoitira vazukuru nevazukuruzukuru ngano musharukwa muwanewo nguva yekuzorora.

  4. dabengwa kwana kwana kana ari babra nyagomo ari kukufurira then hausi murume ndaiti uri murume zvino respect yangu hausinana intelligence my foot support the mdc vision kwete humbimbi ndoga l thought father zimbabwe taught u better but alas u were absent in the register of school of life congratualation for a national embarrasement

  5. All respect to this gentleman – it is time for a change in Zimbabwe. Let the younger generation be elected with fresh ideas and modern outlook. Please take your pension and sit on the veranda to enjoy life.

  6. Alike limyeke uDabengwa. Mina vele nga abantu bema Matebeleland bayangami beke ukutshona be votelana lama Shona ukuthi esibadlulule. Abavotelwe ngama Shona akubo basiyeke phansi sizihluphekele sodwa. Ncono bavotele uDabengwa loma engeke awine akulandaba but ama Ndebele ebonise ukuthi asilifuni ma Shona njengoba lani lingasifuni

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