Row Over Zimbabwe Vice President Nomination Escalates

Addressing the provincial party’s leadership Friday Ndlovu said a circular advising members of the vacant posts has to be sent to all provinces by the party Chairman before elections could be held.

Nkomo, who has shown interest in filling the void left by the late Joseph Msika, is the party’s’ chairman mandated with informing members of vacant posts.

Elections to choose the country’s second vice president were deferred to an undisclosed date after Ndlovu noted the anomaly.

“Without the circular we cannot proceed with the elections and members shall be informed of developments”, he said.

Ndlovu said elections in Bulawayo and Matabeleland North would also be cancelled until further notice.

ZANU PF is reportedly divided over the decision to endorse Nkomo who last month was accused of sodomy by a Bulawayo man.

Ndlovu’s decision to have the elections moved ahead is reportedly meant to stifle Nkomo’s elevation in the presidium.

Matabeleland South provincial ZANU PF chairman has said three candidates have shown interest in taking up the position.

Zimbabwe’s envoy to South Africa Simon Khaya Moyo who attended the meeting is reportedly among those seeking nomination.

VP nominations are penciled to be concluded by next week Wednesday.
Matebeland North and South met on Friday in Lupane and Gwanda to come up with their candidates.

Former Zanu PF politburo member and now chairman of the newly revived ZAPU, Dumiso Dabengwa, has rubbished the nomination process, saying Zanu PF had no right to claim that the candidate must come out of ZAPU since the unity accord was no longer existing.

Dabengwa claimed Msika had died a bitter man due to the failure by Zanu PF to honour the unity government and had masterminded the revival of Zapu.