AN audit of Zanu PF district structures in Bulawayo by a politburo team last weekend revealed that they are virtually non-existent.
Report by Brian Chitemba
The audit team comprising national commissar Webster Shamu and politburo members Absolom Sikhosana, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Lazarus Dokora, Francis Nhema and Eunice Sandi found that some of the party’s districts merely existed on paper.
According to Zanu PF regulations, each district should have a minimum of 102 members, but the audit revealed that some of the party’s districts had as little as 10 people.
This discovery disturbed Shamu who directed the party’s Bulawayo leadership to “quickly mobilise members” ahead of next elections.
Some Zanu PF politburo members in Bulawayo contended the party is “dead” in Matabeleland.
“People are clearly not interested in Zanu PF and that has been the case for the past 10 years. The party needs to come up with new ways of addressing Matabeleland problems, especially the Gukurahundi issue,” said a politburo official.
President Robert Mugabe told parliament on Tuesday that Zimbabwe would go to the polls in March 2013 under a new constitution.
According to the 2011 central committee report, Zanu PF has 579 312 members out of Zimbabwe’s estimated 14 million people.
The party has already started preparing for elections after acquiring new vehicles while state security forces, especially the army, are reportedly intimidating the rural electorate in most provinces to coerce them to vote for Zanu PF.
Mugabe, Shamu and Vice-President Joice Mujuru have visited various apostolic faith churches in a bid to lure their vast membership to rally behind Zanu PF in the next polls.
Shamu could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone rang unanswered.