Zimbabwe: Mugabe 'Courts Dabengwa for Zimbabwe Vice President'

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He added: "As war veterans, we fought one war, whether Zipra or Zanla (the military wings of PF-Zapu and Zanu PF respectively). So, get together and come back and be where you belong. Do not get lost."

If the vice-presidency talks with Dabengwa are anything to go by, then Zapu is headed for a collision course with those PF-Zapu members who remained in Zanu PF and have since given a greenlight to Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo to become the country's second vice-president.

The former PF-Zapu members met in the Midlands province towards the end of last year and agreed that the former diplomat will ascend to the vice-presidency without going for a special congress.

Sources claimed central committee and politburo members and other senior Zanu PF officials from all over the country, who were loyal to PF-Zapu before the Unity Accord, attended the meeting. Khaya Moyo shrugged off a potential challenge from Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi and Deputy Senate President Aniston Ndlovu.

This is not the first time Mugabe has tried to bring Dabengwa back into the Zanu PF fold. Following the death of the then vice-president Joseph Msika in 2009, Mugabe offered Dabengwa the post before John Nkomo landed it.

Two emissaries were dispatched to Bulawayo to persuade the former Zipra commander into accepting the offer and in his defence of the choice of Dabengwa, Mugabe said he would like to be "flanked by fighters" in the Zanu PF presidium.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo professed ignorance of the talks saying he was not around last month and referred all other questions to Khaya Moyo.

"We are already united with Zapu; so there is no need for other talks.

"I was not there in December when the president went to Bulawayo; so there is nothing I can comment concerning what happened there. So talk to the national chairperson (Khaya Moyo)," Gumbo said.

Khaya Moyo was unreachable for comment.

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