ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa, will contest this year’s presidential elections under the party’s banner following their breakaway from the Coalition of Democrats (CODE) last week.
ZAPU cut ties with the Elton Mangoma-led CODE citing irreconcilable differences with the political grouping.
In breaking away from CODE, ZAPU also accused the alliance of disrespecting liberation war values.
“Our structures have always indicated to the leadership that they are experiencing difficulties in marketing and mobilizing for the party under the CODE banner. We had to heed those calls and yes, we are currently preparing for the coming polls outside any alliance or coalition arrangements,” ZAPU spokesperson, Ipithule Maphosa, said in an interview with New Zimbabwe.
Asked whether Dabengwa will contest the presidential elections, Maphosa confirmed that the former ZIPRA intelligence supremo will contest as ZAPU’s presidential candidate.
“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,” said Maphosa.
He said the party will continue engaging other political parties in coming up with parliamentary and council candidates.
“We are, however, still open to cooperation 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,” added Maphosa.