Barbra Nyagomo’s led Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe (PDZ) party has been swallowed by the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), led by Dumiso Dabengwa, Tenacitypost, can reveal, with Nyagomo assuming the deputy presidency under ZAPU.
The fusion follows reports that ZAPU has all but cut ties with Elton Mangoma’s Coalition of Democrats (CODE), a loose coalition of opposition parties such as Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe and other fringe political parties that were not part of the MDC Alliance and the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC).
Speaking to Tenacity Post, ZAPU general secretary general, Strike Mnkandla confirmed the merger with Nyagomo’s PDZ.
“This is an agreement between ZAPU and PDZ and the background to this is that ZAPU, which is in CODE, informed it of overtures from different parties. The overtures were of two forms; there were political organisations which said we want to work with ZAPU regardless of what ever alliance it is in, so that they can field candidates for the elections with ZAPU and using the history of the party and its plans,” said Mnkandla.
He said other opposition parties were keen to work with ZAPU only for the 2018 elections.
“Talking to them we discovered there are parties who were keen to work with ZAPU and return their individual identities. Some said no, we shall work together with you and merge into the structures of ZAPU,” said Mnkandla.
PDZ party spokesperson and chairman, Brighton Makocho told Tenacity Post, that they foresaw the future of working with ZAPU up to 2023.
“Where we are right now as PDZ, we have said we don’t have to confuse the electorate because what we need in 2018 is total change. We are tired of this current system, not the head of the system but the current system as a whole. That is why we have said we need a new government in place, of a new system. As PDZ, we have agreed with our national members that we can actually work with ZAPU with future plans of which I don’t think PDZ will come back,” said Makocho.