The move threatens political ambitions of former Finance Minister and Zanu PF member Simba Makoni as most of the people from his political project Mavambo have ditched him in pursuit of new political positions in the ZAPU party which has its roots in Matabeleland.
Makoni came a distant third in the elections to choose a President last March.
The recruitment drivers of the ZAPU party which is a revival of the old ZAPU headed by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo before independence in 1980, are Tichaona Sithole who had an eye on Gutu East parliamentary seat and McDonald Muswere who was vying for the position of senator in Zvishavane-Shurugwi constituencies under Mavambo in the last harmonised elections.
“We are not going to leave any stone unturned when it comes to reviving our party. We are very sure that people will rush to support our cause because it is only us who can deliver. It is disappointing that MDC and ZANU PF have formed an inclusive government which we are sure not work…,” said Sithole who is an interim national executive member.
However, major Kudzai Mbudzi who was in the fore front campaigning for Makoni described the move as naïve and regrettable. He said he would rather wait for a modern party which has new ideologies and ideas best suited for the people in the modern world.
“I do not subscribe to what these guys are doing because I believe we must wait for a new party rather than going back to the 1950s. It is my understanding that very few people who got lost together with Dumiso Dabengwa are going for ZAPU but we are waiting for a party which we are forming very soon. After the weekend I promise you that we shall have a party which will have an alliance with MDC formations,” said Mbudzi.