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With Proceeds from Livestock Sales, Zapu Pays off Rental Arrears

The revived Zimbabwe Africa People’s Union (Zapu) says it has avoided eviction from its offices for rental delinquency after trading its donated livestock to settle arrears amounting to $15,000.

The Dumiso Dabengwa-led party was about to be booted out of its Bulawayo headquarters after a High Court judge last week granted the landlord a writ of execution to attach the party’s movable property.

Zapu regional coordinator Mark Mubaiwa told VOA his party can now breathe after selling 14 head of cattle a few days ago.

The party has been struggling to raise funds for rentals, pay staff and conducting national campaigns since its relaunch by the former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army intelligence supremo two years ago.

Once led by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, Zapu was forced to sign a unity agreement in 1987 by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF following years of political strife in Matabeleland and the Midlands Provinces where more than 20,000 people are believed to have been killed by the North Korean trained Five Brigade.

Dabengwa pulled out of the unity accord a few year ago citing Zanu PF’s insincerity and marginalization of Nkomo’s former strongholds.