Some senior Zanu PF leaders in Matabeleland North Province have withdrawn their curricula vitae for primary elections and instead pledged to support the candidates who will win on the 5th of May.

The decision comes amid concerns by the party leadership that there are too many aspiring candidates for both council and National Assembly seats.

Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Obert Mpofu who has also been serving as the legislator for Umguza constituency for more than 20 years will not contest for the position but will now focus on being a senator.

The sitting legislator for Bubi Constituency, Cde Clifford Sibanda has also pulled out from the race and pledged to support the candidate who will win in the primary elections.

One of the guidelines of the party requires the province to have a woman parliamentarian who is less than 35 years of age.

In this regard, the sitting National Assembly member in the women’s quota, Cde Sikhanyisiwe Mpofu has offered to step down to make way for a young woman.

Announcing the decision at the Zanu PF Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting in Lupane, Dr Mpofu said it is disheartening to see more than three candidates contesting for one position, saying it shows selfishness, disrespect and lack of unity.

“You can withdraw and people will actually respect you for supporting your fellow comrade. My wife has said she is stepping down to make way for a young woman. We spoke about this at home and had a debate for some time over the issue and finally agreed. Even Cde Sibanda, we all know him, he was the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office before the new dispensation. He came to me and said, ‘look, I am stepping down and I will support the incoming candidate.’ That is what we want comrades,” said Dr Mpofu. state media