Five senior officials from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have resigned amid attempts to revive a defunct liberation movement, Zapu.
The officials are from Matabeleland in the south, the base for Zapu until it merged with President Robert Mugabe's Zanu to form Zanu-PF in 1987.
The five are teaming up with former Interior Minister Dumiso Dabengwa.
He resigned from Zanu-PF in March and is trying to revive Zapu with war veterans from his Ndebele ethnic group.
"I am leaving Zanu-PF and I'm going back to my roots, which is Zapu," Effort Nkomo, one of the five who are resigning, confirmed on Wednesday..
Mr Nkomo was the information chief of the party in Matabeleland and his resignation from Zanu-PF has left the party on the verge of collapse in the province, says Zimbabwean journalist Themba Nkosi.
Among the others to resign are Andrew Ndlovu and Tryphine Nhliziyo, the Zanu-PF's deputy information and publicity secretaries in Matabeleland.....