Zapu youth leaders in horrific accident

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TWO Zapu youth leaders were involved in a horrific car accident in Bulawayo on Saturday night as they were coming from a membership recruitment exercise in Matobo North.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

They are national youth organising secretary Ndodana Moyo and provincial youth secretary Mathius Ncube.

Both Moyo and Ncube were on Sunday still admitted at United Bulawayo Hospital where they are nursing various injuries.

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Zapu regional spokesperson Iphuthile Maphosa said the accident happened when the party’s vehicle driven by director of security, Charles Makuya, reportedly rammed into a stationary Toyota Granvia.

“They are admitted at the UBH following the car accident. They had gone to Matobo North for the ongoing recruitment exercise and unfortunately, they were involved in an accident on their way back,” Maphosa said.

Bulawayo police spokesperson, Inspector Precious Simango was not reachable on her mobile phone for comment.

Maphosa, meanwhile, claimed their programme in Matobo had been disrupted by police officers who argued that the meeting was illegal.

“We were forced to cut short the recruitment exercise after the police claimed that we had not been cleared to do so. We are not deterred though and the recruitment drive will continue despite the setback,” he added.

The Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu launched the campaign in September in Bulawayo in a bid to save the opposition party from collapse.

The programme is expected to see party officials engaged in a door-to-door exercise to recruit new members, starting with Bulawayo, before the exercise is rolled out across the country’s provinces. The recruitment drive, code named Masikhulumisane/Ngatitaudzane/Let’s Talk, will also afford the party the opportunity to restructure.

Zapu has fared badly in previous elections, the recent being the by-elections following the recall of the then MDC Renewal legislators from Parliament after they broke away from the MDC T.

Zapu was expected to at least grab some seats, especially in Bulawayo where it commands support and party insiders said this jolted the party into action to inject new blood into the organisation.