Speaking to NewsDay, Zapu spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa confirmed that Dumiso Dabengwa will run for president in the forthcoming polls after cutting ties with the Coalition of Democrats (Code) led by Elton Mangoma.
Maphosa however said Zapu is open to strategic cooperation with other parties so that it does not field candidates in certain constituencies to avoid splitting the vote. Said Maphosa:
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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. 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.
Dumiso Dabengwa was a politician and the president of ZAPU. He was also a member of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) officially until 2008 when he left to revive ZAPU political party. In 2018, Dumiso formed the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation. Between 2018 and 2019... Read More About Dumiso Dabengwa
The Coalition of Democrats (CODE) are an opposition coaltion in Zimbabwe formed in May 2016 to contest in the 2018 Harmonised Elections. The group endorsed Elton Mangoma as their presidential candidate for the 2018 General Election. The coalition also included the Dumiso Dabengwa led ZAPU.... Read More About Coalition of Democrats
Elton Mangoma is a Zimbabwean politician. He is the current presidential candidate for the Coalition of Democrats which will contest the 2018 Harmonised Elections. He is also the President of the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe political party. He is one of the founding members of... Read More About Elton Mangoma