ZAPU Treasurer general, Future Msebele, has resigned from the party over ideological differences with the leadership, CITE has established.
Msebele was elected Treasurer General at ZAPU’s elective congress held in Bulawayo in October last year.
Prior to that, he served as the party’s Deputy Secretary for International Relations.
Msebele tendered his resignation on Monday, stating that his conscience would not allow him to carry on with his duties.
In an interview with CITE, Msebele disclosed he was having challenges working with the ZAPU leadership led by Sibangilizwe Nkomo.
“I decided to resign because I had ideological differences with the current leadership. We have different views on how the party business is conducted, different views on party processes, procedures and on what needs to be done. Therefore, my conscience cannot allow me to serve the party,” he said.
Nkomo is son to the late vice president and founding father of ZAPU, Joshua Nkomo and was elected as party president at last year’s congress.
Msebele said his decision would take him away from a party that had groomed his political career and nurtured him.
“I joined the mother party 13 years ago. I served in different structures, from the youth front structures to the main structures. We built the party brick by brick when it was unfashionable to do so. Leaders come and leaders go,” he said.
“In Ndebele we say, kutshiwa kuyakhiwe! Our differences should not derail the struggle. I then decided it was time for me to leave the party.”
Last week CITE published a story where some party insiders were pushing for an electoral pact with the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), saying their survival as a political party depends on it but the party leadership was against the move.
These party insiders also alleged that out of frustration, some senior party members were ‘strongly’ thinking of leaving the party.
“Their belief is ZAPU is not making progress so it’s time to change tactics and have this coalition,” the party insiders said.