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5 000 to attend ZAPU Congress in May: Moyo

ZAPU Congress is set to be held in May this year in which external structures such as the United Kindgom and South Africa have been invited to play a role, the party's Director of Communication and Marketing, Mr Methuseli Moyo has announced.

In a statement, he said a committee to prepare for the congress, with members drawn from all the country’s 10 provinces and headed by Zapu’s interim secretary for finance, Ms Stylish Magida has been tasked to mobilize resources and logistics such as conference venue, transport, accommodation, food and materials for the congress.

Mr Moyo predicted that over 5 000 delegates from all over Zimbabwe, and Zapu’s Diaspora provinces of South Africa, United Kingdom and Europe provinces are expected to attend.

He said the party's congress was expected to debate and endorse the ammended Zapu constitution, party policy and manifesto. At the same time, the congress will will elect a substantive National Executive Committee and Council of Elders Committee, Mr Moyo said.

"The party will emerge from the congress with substantive leadership and commonly adopted policies and manifesto to lead us to victory in the forthcoming national elections,".

"Zapu has started holding elections to choose substantive branch committees, after which district leadership would be elected. We expect structures to elect provincial committees by March," he said.

Mr Moyo added that provincial chairpersons have already been instructed through a circular on the procedures to be followed on conducting elections.

He stressed that only registered or card-carrying Zapu members are eligible to contest elections which should be conducted jointly by the interim provincial committee and council of elders.