Sibangilizwe Nkomo Wins Bulawayo Nomination For ZAPU Presidency

Sibangilizwe Nkomo, the son of the late former Vice President and ZAPU founding leader Joshua Nkomo, on Saturday won the Bulawayo nomination to contest for the ZAPU party presidency.

The Saturday victory leaves Nkomo leading the nominations in nine provinces, with Harare being the only province that is yet to vote.

Reports state that delays in the nomination process in Harare were due to disputes.

Zapu is preparing to hold its elective congress on October 29 and 30 in Bulawayo.

Party secretary for mobilisation and organisation Dereck Katsenga said Harare would hold its conference on Sunday. He said:

Bulawayo held its conference yesterday (Saturday) and Sibangilizwe Michael Nkomo got 158 votes, Strike Mkandla got 14 votes and Sithembiso Mpofu got 14 votes.

Harare is going to hold its provincial conference today (yesterday) and the results will be announced by the end of the day.

Zapu secretary for information and publicity Mandla Khanye said the Bulawayo elections were held peacefully, with 11 out of 12 districts in attendance.

Khanye added that only one district, Bulawayo South, abstained from the elections that were conducted and supervised by a committee of the council of elders.

He added that elder Mike Bathandi Mpofu acted as the presiding officer.

The vote was conducted through a secret ballot and Nkomo emerged as the winner.  However, there were several spoilt ballot papers.

More: NewsDay

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