United African National Council (UANC) has elected Percy Chigodora as interim leader following the death last month of the opposition party’s substantive president Nesbert Mtengezanwa.
Chigodora was the party’s vice president before assuming the top position.
“The new president started political activism in 1975 in Kambuzuma where he served as youth secretary up to 1976. From 1977, Zengeza district secretary of administration up to 1980 before assuming the secretary of education portfolio from 1982-1988.
“In 1989, he was the secretary of publicity and information,” said UANC secretary general Alphious Mapuranga.
Chigodora in 1990 crossed the floor to join ZUM, which was then a new opposition party under late veteran politician and government minister Edgar Tekere.
“In 1990, Chigodora was elected ZUM Mashonaland East chairman and contested as its candidate in 1984 by-elections.
“After the dissolve of ZUM, he retraced back to UANC where he served in various leadership roles before being elected as the party’s vice president,” added Mapuranga.
UANC is one of the opposition parties that did not participate in the 2018 elections but has a stake in President Emmerson’s Mnangagwa’s Political Actors Dialogue (Polad).
Its late president Nesbert Mtengezanwa at one point served as spokesperson of the dialogue forum.
The party’s founding president is the late Bishop Abel Muzorewa who once served as prime minister of the short-lived Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.