Neglected Tendai Biti to replace deserters
THE beleaguered People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will soon replace senior officials who unceremoniously defected to rivals last week.
Posts left vacant by the deserters will be filled at the party’s policy review conference set for the second week of November in Harare, We has established.
Following weeks of speculation, PDP deputy president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and other senior members left the embattled party last week and joined the Joice Mujuru-led Zim PF.
Some of the former PDP big wigs who have left the party include deputy national chairman, Watchy Sibanda, former deputy organizing secretary, Gift Mabhena and Gladys Mathe.
PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said the party has already opened nominations to fill vacancies left by the defectors.
“We are going to fill the gaps left by those members who have departed at our national policy review conference during the second week of November.
“Provinces have already started nominating their preferred candidates to fill the vacant leadership positions,” said Mafume in an interview.
He stressed that, in the event of more than two nominations, the aspiring candidates will be subjected to an election.
“We don’t want to impose candidates to the people. If there are more people interested in a particular position, they will be subjected to competition,” said the party spokesperson.
PDP sources in Bulawayo told this publication that jostling for the vice president’s post has already started, with six candidates said to have expressed interest in the post.
According to the sources aspiring candidates reportedly eyeing Nkomo’s post include former Bulawayo mayor, Thaba Moyo, national executive members, George Mkhwananzi, Mqondobanzi Magonya, Sikhumbuzo Ndiweni, Professor Philani Moyo and Pastor Dumiso Matshazi.