'Dabengwa leading a nonexistent party'

BULAWAYO - A prominent Plumtree businessperson has appealed to Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa and his followers to come back to Zanu PF — accusing him of leading a nonexistent political party.

Obedingwa Mguni, who has declared his interest to challenge the MDC Mangwe legislator and former Copac co-chairperson Edward Mukhosi under a Zanu PF ticket, told journalists at Bulawayo Press Club on Tuesday that his party did not recognise the revived Zapu.

He said if the revived Zapu was the real original party founded by the late Joshua Nkomo, Dabengwa should produce the “divorce certificate”.

“If two people go into a marriage they go to a court and both sign a marriage certificate. When the two intend to divorce the courts will annul the marriage and give a divorce certificate,” said Mguni.

“Officially I don’t recognise anything called Zapu because I haven’t seen them signing anywhere that they are pulling out.”

But Dabengwa has scoffed at the idea of ever re-joining Zanu PF. Late last year he said two decades of intransigence by President Robert Mugabe and his ruling elite during the time of the Unity Accord compelled him to quit the party and respond to his former Zapu colleagues’ pleas to revive Zapu as its leader.

“I can never let the people who tasked me to lead Zapu down by re-joining Zanu PF for the sake of the vice presidency post. Zanu PF would need to undergo a radical “mental refurbishment” for me to change that decision,” Dabengwa said in response to suggestions that he could have clinched the vice presidency after the death of John Nkomo owing to his seniority.

“I don’t regret ever pulling out of Zanu PF.”

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