Zanu PF reads riot act to chairpersons

ZANU PF chairpersons have been ordered to vigorously rehabilitate shambolic party structures and mobilise support ahead of make-or-break elections later this year if the party is to emerge victorious.

Report by Brian Chitemba

The 10 provincial chairpersons last week met Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo, secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and women’s affairs secretary Oppah Muchinguri, among other party heavyweights, at the party headquarters in Harare to map out a strategy to lure voters.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed the meeting although he downplayed the gathering “as one of the regular meetings between chairpersons and the national chairperson as well as other party leaders”.

Gumbo said the meeting centred on an informal audit of the party’s structures around the country as part of wider preparations for elections.

But sources who attended the meeting said Khaya Moyo, Mutasa and Muchinguri did not mince their words in directing the chairpersons to ensure effective strategies are implemented to wins elections and regain lost power.

Party insiders said the chairpersons and Zanu PF leaders discussed ways of guaranteeing a “landslide” victory with the chairpersons calling for the speedy implementation of the indigenisation policy.

“The chairpersons were unanimous that implementation of the empowerment policy would immensely benefit the party,” said one senior Zanu PF official.

“The chairpersons also agreed that the indigenisation policy should benefit the grassroots, not just the elite.”

President Robert Mugabe is aggressively pushing for elections by June 29 although his coalition partners want polls to be delayed to allow implementation of democratic reforms as outlined in the Global Political Agreement — precursor to the unity government — including
aligning existing laws to the draft governance charter approved in a March 16 referendum.

Law pundits argue that parliament could be dissolved by June 29, giving Mugabe four months from the date of dissolution of parliament to call for elections in terms of Section 3 of the current constitution.

Zanu PF fears Mugabe’s advanced age and poor health may severely disadvantage the party if elections are held later this year because he now lacks the stamina to embark on a rigorous campaign trail.

In August last year a delegation of Zanu PF chairpersons led by Matabeleland North chairperson Sithokozile Mathuthu visited China where they underwent rigorous training on election strategy.

After the trip, the chairpersons held meetings in their respective provinces to impart the knowledge they had acquired.

The chairpersons’ visit was a follow-up to a trip by a Communist Party of China (CPC) delegation in June 2012 which met politburo, central committee and district coordinating committee members.

The CPC advised Zanu PF to address relevant issues facing the electorate,saying the party would only be electable if its policies dealt with problems dogging the masses.

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