Sibangilizwe Nkomo, the son of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, is the leading candidate for the ZAPU’s presidency.
ZAPU is preparing for its elective congress to be held from October 28 to 30 in Bulawayo and Sibangilizwe has more nominations than all other contestants.
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The party’s secretary for mobilisation and organisation, Derek Katsenga, Sunday confirmed that the nomination process was going on well.
Five presidential candidates, Nkomo, Bernard Magugu, Strike Mkandla, Mark Mbaiwa, and Sithembiso Mpofu, would battle it out for the post of party president. Katsenga said:
Yes it’s a tight contest, but it’s good for the party because people need to sweat for these leadership positions.
He said all provinces had already held their conferences except for Harare and Bulawayo, with Nkomo winning all the provinces.
Katsenga said nominations for Harare and Bulawayo were postponed to Saturday after the process was discontinued due to irregularities.
Indications are that in Manicaland Province:
- Nkomo got 49 votes
- Mkandla10 votes,
- Mpofu four votes,
- Magugu zero
In Mashonaland West:
- Nkomo got 63,
- Mpofu 24,
- Mkandla 2 votes
- Mbaiwa 1 vote
- Magugu 1
In Mashonaland East:
- Nkomo got 50 votes,
- Magugu got 40 votes.
In Matabeleland North:
- Nkomo got 117 votes,
- Mbaiwa got 28 votes.
Nkomo’s supporters said his nomination rekindled hopes that the party would be strong enough to contest the 2023 elections.
More: NewsDay (Silas Nkala)