… as party fails to woo voters in Mat North

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ZANU PF continues to struggle to woo members amid revelations that the party only has 18 860 members in Matabeleland North — a figure less than an average constituency.

Report by Nqobile Bhebhe

This was disclosed by party national commissar Webster Shamu in Lupane on Tuesday after the provincial chairmanship elections won by Richard Moyo.

Shamu said only 7 415 members in 139 out of 181 party districts voted in the provincial elections, showing serious apathy. “We expected a total of 18 666 people to vote but 47% voted,” said Shamu. According to a Zanu PF central committee report tabled at the national conference in Bulawayo last year, Matabeleland North had 11 153 card carrying members in 2011. The latest figure means it has attracted about 7 700 members.

The report said Zanu PF Mashonaland Central had 18 730 members, Bulawayo 13 725, Matabeleland South 17 046, Masvingo 22 868, Manicaland 50 511, Mashonaland West 46 718, Harare 131 331, Mashonaland East 101 198 and Midlands 166 032, bringing the total to 579 312.The collapse of grassroots structures has prompted the party to deploy politburo members and other senior party officials on a nationwide drive to revive structures ahead of polls expected next year.Zanu PF plans to introduce new cards as it intensifies its mass mobilisation campaign.

War veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda is said to have told President Robert Mugabe about the party’s waning support and claimed that imposition of candidates and factionalism were destroying the party’s support base.

Zanu PF disbanded its district co-ordinating committee structures responsible for mobilising supporters at grassroots level for allegedly fomenting divisions and factionalism. However, some believe this has crippled the mobilisation of supporters.

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