Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), an opposition and Zimbabwean socialist political party has resolved to retire all veteran leaders from the leadership as part of the party embarks on renewal and rebranding exercise.
ZAPU’s intended rebranding exercise comes after the party has for the past decade been performing dismally in local elections.
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Speaking to the Southern Eye last week, the party’s southern region spokesperson, Patrick Ndlovu confirmed the development. Ndlovu said that the rebranding exercise was being spearheaded by the party’s acting president, Isaac Mabuka. Ndlovu said:
His (Mabuka) mandate is to organise congress and to carry out the renewal and rebranding resolution of our national people’s council (NPC).
Party members, especially the younger members, felt that the average age of our leadership was too high. New blood is needed at the top to bring in new ideas.
The current scenario of having them as deputies was not bearing fruit as the blending was felt to be cosmetic rather than practical, hence the party needed new blood at the top.
Mabuka was endorsed as acting president until the party’s 2020 congress following the death of party president, Dumiso Dabengwa in May.
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