BULAWAYO – Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa is set to relinquish his current post at the party’s elective congress scheduled for August this year.

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Well-placed sources said the party was planning to amend its constitution to create the post of national chairman for the former Zipra intelligence supreme.

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“The Zapu constitution will be amended at the forthcoming congress to accommodate the post of chairman. The chairman will be in charge of party affairs while the president will be in charge of governance issues.

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We are going to have elections for a new president because Dabengwa will be deployed to the new portfolio,” said the source, who cannot be named for fear of breaching the party’s protocol.

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Some young Turks are already jostling for Dabengwa’s post. They include United Kingdom-based secretary general Ralph Mguni and South African-based businessmen, Dubizizwo Joli and Dr Frank Mbobo. Dark horses in the race to succeed Dabengwa also include Harare-based lawyer, Msonglwa Ndlovu and Retired Col Ray Ncube.

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The post of secretary general is likely to be a two-way race between the late nationalist George Silundika’s son, Flexi, and another Middle East-based party activist.

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When reached for comment, the party’s spokesperson Patrick Ndlovu, professed ignorance about the impending changes in the party. “I am not aware of those changes which you are referring to. What I know is that Zapu will be jointly holding its women and youth congresses on April 11 in Bulawayo. This congress is part of our preparations for the main congress which will be held in August,” he said.

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Incumbent national chairwoman, Gertrude Makwila, is said to be seeking re-election at the congress while incumbent South Africa-based youth chairman , Future Musovele, is reportedly facing a stiff challenge from a Victoria Falls-based aspirant. The party is also set to change constitution to align it with the 50-50 gender policy.