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ZAPU will back Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa in the forthcoming by-elections for the Headlands and Hurungwe West constituencies, party activities revealed this week.

Former Zanu PF administration secretary Mutasa and Mliswa were recently expelled from Zanu PF and subsequently recalled from Parliament with the government indicating that new elections would soon be held in their respective former constituencies.

Although challenging their expulsion from the ruling party, both former MPs have indicated that they would contest the planned re-elections as independent candidates.

And it appears they will have the backing of Zapu which is led by former Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa.

Senior Zapu officials told New Zimbabwe.com in Bulawayo that the party has already formally informed its structures in the respective constituencies to start campaigning for the re-election of the former Zanu PF politicians.

“Zapu has got a very good support base in Hurungwe as well as most parts of Mashonaland West province,” said a senior Zapu official who refused to named because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

“We want all our supporters to rally behind the candidature of the gamatox guys. We sympathize with this group because they are also raising the same issues which we have been also concerned with before we ditched Zanu PF.”

The activist said once the dates for the by-elections have been announced, the Zapu leadership would jointly launch the official campaign in the two constituencies with the so-called gamatox duo.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press club last year, Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa revealed the pro-Mujuru faction had approached his party with a view of working together to dislodge Zanu PF from power.

However, when reached for comment, Zapu spokesperson Patrick Ndlovu could neither deny nor confirm the alliance.

“I think the party president talked about this issue when he addressed journalists at the press club in December last year. I am sorry I cannot comment any further on this issue,” he said before switching off his phone.

Mutasa and Mliswa were expelled from Zanu PF for allegedly backing a coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru, charges the latter denies.

Several other party officials and cabinet ministers were either sacked or suspended over the same allegations.

Mutasa has since launched a court challenge against the legality of the ruling party’s December 2014 congress which ousted him as administration secretary and also replaced Mujuru with Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Source : New Zimbabwe