PF Zapu to Endorse Split from Zanu PF

THE revived PF Zapu will not have elections for a substantive leadership when it convenes its special congress next month, the Zimbabwe Independent learnt this week.

The party initially indicated that it would hold a congress where a substantive leadership would be elected, but has now decided that the main agenda of the congress is to endorse the decision to break away from Zanu PF.

PF Zapu interim spokesperson, Smile Dube, confirmed that the congress will not choose a new leadership but will officially adopt the pullout from Zanu PF.

“The special congress will be held as from May 8 up to May 10 and the special congress will essentially make official the pull-out from Zanu PF,” Dube said. “It is a special congress because when PF Zapu joined Zanu PF there was a special congress.”

He said PF Zapu’s revival would be in phases.

“The first phase will be to hold the special congress and endorse the pull-out from Zanu PF and the next phase will be to write to Zanu PF to inform them of the pullout, while the third stage will be to regain PF Zapu properties and finally we will hold a congress to elect a substantive party leadership,” Dube said.

PF Zapu members have intensified efforts to recover properties that were confiscated by the government in the early 1980s.

The properties, which were run by Nitram Holdings, include buildings such as Magnet House, the regional headquarters of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Davies Hall which houses Zanu PF regional offices, Castle Arms Motel, and several companies and farms.

The properties were purchased through contributions by former Zipra fighters from their 1980-demobilisation payouts.

After the unity accord in 1987, President Robert Mugabe refused to hand back the PF Zapu properties seized in 1982 during the height of Gukurahundi in Matabeleland and Midlands.

In 2004, Zanu PF claimed the properties had been returned to PF Zapu, but this was denied by its former leaders who said the properties were in the hands of third parties linked to the ruling party.

BY LOUGHTY DUBE
 

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