Nine Bulawayo provincial executive members of Nkosana Moyo’s Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) resigned citing a number of issues which include lack of party funding for candidates, no clear structure within the party and no clear road map for the election campaign.
The former provincial executives said they were planning to contest the upcoming general elections under a new coalition of independent candidates, Independent Bulawayo 40. Those who resigned are provincial secretary-general, Nkosana Mkandla, Mduduzi Ndlovu (organising secretary), Nhlanhla Moyo, Natasha Karimakwenda (youth secretary-general) , Johane Marufu (committee member, disability), an AC Gula-Ndebele (elections strategist national youth wing), Nqobizitha Mabhena (chairperson, Matabeleland North) and Dave Ncube (a member). Part of the joint letter to APA Bukawayo provincial chairperson reads:
We also renounce our candidature under the APA ticket in the upcoming 2018 elections. The reasons for us departing from the party are; there is value in being an independent candidate, more in touch with the electorate on the ground, lack of party funding for candidates, no clear structure within the party especially at national level, no clear road map for the election campaign.