Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) has dissolved its Bulawayo provincial leadership on allegations that it has not been performing well compared to most of its southern provinces.
ZAPU has since the 2013 elections failed to pick itself up like most of the country’s opposition political parties, with the party losing 6 by elections that were held in the second largest city held in 2014 after the expulsion of MDC-T MPs.
In a statement by the party’s spokesperson Iphuthile Maphosa the party highlighted it had decided to expel its Bulawayo provincial leadership for ‘under-performing’ in contrast to the party’s southern region provinces.
“Zimbabwe African Peoples’ Union Bulawayo Province had its executive committee dissolved as of Sunday 27 November 2016. This comes as a result of a resolution of the National Executive Council meeting of Sunday 20 November 2016, after NEC realized that the province was under-performing when compared to other provinces in the Southern Region,” said Maphosa.
Maphosa said the party Bulawayo leadership had failed to come up with meaningful programs a situation which he said had cost the party, the Bulawayo vote which he described as a ‘strategic constituency’.
“It was noted, sadly, that the province of Bulawayo had no concrete programs in place and that had a knock on the party structures and its growth in Bulawayo, that is bearing in mind the strategic importance of Bulawayo to the party and the broader body politic,” he added.
Cosmas Mafu, a member of the party’s National Executive will lead the party’s newly set up interim committee that has been set to take care of the province and will be assisted by ZAPU’s National Peoples Council members Siphiwe Bafana, Gibson Sikhosana among other members.
Since its break away from ZANU PF in 2009, ZAPU has failed to win significant votes especially in Matebeland a province which it regards as its stronghold.
In the 2013 elections the party did not get any seats in the parliamentary and its Presidential candidate Dabengwa was a distant fourth.