Dabengwa chick­ens out of 2018 elec­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

ZAPU pres­i­dent Mr Du­miso Dabengwa has chick­ened out of the 2018 elec­tions as he fears the prospects of dis­mally los­ing again.

Mr Dabengwa’s an­nounce­ment that he will not par­tic­i­pate in the pres­i­den­tial poll fol­lows his re-elec­tion as Zapu pres­i­dent dur­ing the party’s 8th congress held in Bu­l­awayo last week.

Sur­pris­ingly, fol­low­ing his re-elec­tion, Mr Dabengwa urged party mem­bers to look for an­other can­di­date who will stand as the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

The 78-year-old Zapu leader also con­firmed his re­tire­ment at 80 years, ad­vis­ing party mem­bers to start hunt­ing for a suit­able can­di­date now.

“I will not be standing as the can­di­date for the party in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in 2018. I’m now 78-years old and my plan is to re­tire at 80. The party should there­fore start hunt­ing for a new pres­i­den­tial can­di­date now,” said Mr Dabengwa soon af­ter be­ing re-elected.

Mean­while, Mr Dabengwa will be deputised by Mrs Laura Makuzva. Mr Ja­cob Dube is the na­tional trea­surer while Mr Strike Mnkandla re­tained his post as sec­re­tary gen­eral.

The party’s in­for­ma­tion, pub­lic­ity and mar­ket­ing depart­ment will be han­dled by Mr Tawanda Ma­joni while his deputy is Mr Iphithule Maphosa.

The party’s or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary is Mr Der­rick Kat­senga.

In the 2013 pres­i­den­tial poll, Mr Dabengwa came fourth af­ter gar­ner­ing 25 416 votes in an elec­tion won by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe with 2 110 434 votes. — @pame­lashumba1

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