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DUZ tells leader Robert Chapman to withdraw from Presidential race and support Chamisa

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By Staff Reporter


THE Democratic Union of Zimbabwe (DUZ) Bulawayo Province has urged its leader Robert Chapman to withdraw from running for presidency and endorse main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

In a statement Wednesday, the party said contesting will divide the opposition vote and benefit Zanu PF.

“We refuse history to define us as sell outs who assisted the Zanu PF regime by further dividing the opposition vote. It is with that conscience that we urge all our party sympathizers, supporters, structures and members to support and vote for change and by voting all CCC councillors and MP’s across Bulawayo Metropolitan Province and voting Adv Nelson Chamisa as our Presidential candidate,” the statement reads.

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The party’s Bulawayo province said it did not file any names.

“We intentionally did not submit any nomination forms in our province because we want to keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is to protect Bulawayo by not being regime enablers.

“We continuously edge our DUZ president Democrat Robert Howard Chapman to support change, by withdrawing his candidature for this election and Support Adv Nelson Chamisa.

“This decision has been made by majority consensus in the provincial leadership and consultation of our structures due to a number of factors including lack of inclusivity of our region and province in the advisory board, national structure and a deviation from fundamental core values and the constitution of DUZ to mention but a few.”

Another opposition EFF Zimbabwe said it will not field any presidential candidate but support ‘like-minded’ Zanu PF leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile other main parties  like Zanu PF, CCC, MDC, NCA filed their candidates’ nomination registers Wednesday.

Zimbabwe will hold its general polls on August 23.