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NKOSANA MOYO-LED ALLIANCE PEOPLE’S AGENDA (APA) suffered a huge blow at the weekend after nine of its Bulawayo provincial executive members resigned en-masse, citing a cocktail of problems, including being denied campaign funds to drum up support ahead of this year’s general elections.
In a joint resignation letter addressed to the opposition party’s provincial chairperson, the former executives said they were planning to contest the upcoming general elections under a new coalition of independent candidates, Independent Bulawayo 40.
“We also renounce our candidature under the APA ticket in the upcoming 2018 elections. The reasons for us departing from the party are; there is value in being an independent candidate, more in touch with the electorate on the ground, lack of party funding for candidates, no clear structure within the party especially at national level, no clear road map for the election campaign,” part of the letter read.
Those who resigned are provincial secretary-general, Nkosana Mkandla, Mduduzi Ndlovu (organising secretary), Nhlanhla Moyo, Natasha Karimakwenda (youth secretary-general), Johane Marufu (committee member, disability), an AC Gula-Ndebele (elections strategist national youth wing), Nqobizitha Mabhena (chairperson, Matabeleland North) and Dave Ncube (a member).
Ncube, the IB40 interim chair, confirmed the development yesterday. Bulawayo24