Unity key to party sur­vival, na­tional co­he­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

WE ap­plaud Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe for dis­play­ing as­tute lead­er­ship and ma­tu­rity by ral­ly­ing the ruling Zanu-PF party to re­main united and guard against al­low­ing its en­e­mies to di­vide it us­ing covert tac­tics. De­fer­ring to the teach­ings of the great Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Mao Tse-tung, Cde Mu­gabe told a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing of war vet­er­ans at the Zanu-PF Head­quar­ters in Harare on Wed­nes­day that Zanu-PF had, dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, learnt a lot from the Chi­nese on how to re­solve in­ter­nal dif­fer­ences. “The Chi­nese sit down and dis­cuss with squab­bling par­ties, giv­ing their ideas. Those that con­form to the party ide­ol­ogy will be taken on board. That is how con­tra­dic­tions were set­tled in China. That is how we were set­tling them also in our camps out­side the coun­try. Let’s not fight each other. We do not want war. We don’t want vi­o­lence,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent’s re­marks fol­lowed a sug­ges­tion by the act­ing chair­per­son of the Zimbabwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene, that Cde Mu­gabe should re­place one of his deputies, Cde Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa. Cde Chimene al­leged that VP Mnan­gagwa was fan­ning fac­tion­al­ism in the party by al­legedly lead­ing a fac­tion in Zanu-PF called Team La­coste. But the Pres­i­dent, in a great show of his lead­er­ship ac­u­men, urged cau­tion, telling war vet­er­ans and party sup­port­ers not to rush to conclusions be­fore gath­er­ing con­crete ev­i­dence.

He said the free­dom fight­ers should know that the en­emy was tire­lessly work­ing through covert av­enues to di­vide Zanu-PF. “We shall keep to­gether at the top,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“We shall re­main united. We know that ac­cu­sa­tions will con­tinue to be made, al­le­ga­tions nat­u­rally, some true, some false but Zanu-PF knows how to set­tle its con­tra­dic­tions. In our view, let us not ac­cuse any­one of lead­ing a fac­tion when we don’t have ev­i­dence. Give it time. You must be mind­ful of the fact that our en­e­mies want to di­vide the party, abus­ing our names. The truth shall come out but let’s be vig­i­lant”.

The sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing came in the wake of a trea­sonous com­mu­niqué clan­des­tinely is­sued to the me­dia by a clique of war vet­er­ans de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s lead­er­ship last week. No one is claim­ing au­thor­ship of the un­signed state­ment which was read out by ZNLWA na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Fran­cis Nhando dur­ing a meet­ing which was al­legedly chaired by Cde Head­man Moyo and at­tended by war vet­er­ans sec­re­tary gen­eral Cde Vic­tor Matemadanda among other lead­ers of ex-com­bat­ants.

We re­it­er­ate that the com­mu­nique is­sued by a hand­ful of rogue war vet­er­ans was ill-ad­vised and very dis­re­spect­ful of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. As an af­fil­i­ate of Zanu-PF, the ZNLWVA has no busi­ness dic­tat­ing the in­ter­nal work­ings of the ruling party and by call­ing on the Pres­i­dent to re­sign mid­way through his term of of­fice, the ex-fight­ers’ ac­tions were not only trai­tor­ous but also trea­sonous.

What is dis­turb­ing, how­ever, is their claim to be push­ing for the el­e­va­tion of VP Mnan­gagwa to the helm of both the party and na­tion some­thing which the VP has rub­bished as ut­ter non­sense. By con­tin­u­ously bring­ing up the name of VP Mnan­gagwa to give their ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties a ve­neer of le­git­i­macy, the rogue war vet­er­ans are driv­ing a wedge in the top lead­er­ship of the party and na­tion and this is un­ac­cept­able. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said it was the duty of the party lead­er­ship to de­nounce those fo­ment­ing di­vi­sions.

“If ac­cused, it is also up to us to tell the peo­ple that the ac­cu­sa­tions are false,” he said.

“You give them the cor­rect po­si­tion and keep them in­formed be­cause peo­ple will keep on say­ing it’s you, it’s you. But we don’t want to be di­vided. That is what we don’t want. I don’t like it. We want to keep to­gether but it is our duty to de­nounce this to­gether, to de­nounce these de­vel­op­ments to­gether out­rightly and not to hes­i­tate so the peo­ple con­tinue to have to­tal con­fi­dence in us.”

We agree with the Pres­i­dent and urge party lead­ers and the gen­er­al­ity of the mem­ber­ship in­clud­ing af­fil­i­ates such as the war vet­er­ans’ as­so­ci­a­tion, to close ranks and work to­wards an­other mas­sive vic­tory in the 2018 elec­tions.

The West and its lo­cal sur­ro­gates are work­ing day and night to in­fil­trate the party and sow seeds of di­vi­sion to weaken it and achieve their regime change de­signs. Thus the party should re­main res­o­lute and vig­i­lant and guard against com­pla­cency. In the mean­time, we call on war vet­er­ans to im­me­di­ately con­vene an ex­tra­or­di­nary congress to elect a new lead­er­ship be­cause the cur­rent regime ap­pears to have lost its way.

Like Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said, Zanu-PF is a strong party with a long his­tory and can­not be de­stroyed through a piece of pa­per chris­tened a com­mu­nique orig­i­nated by rogue el­e­ments. As for the au­thors of the sub­ver­sive doc­u­ment, their come­up­pance is im­mi­nent and we are sure they will get what’s com­ing their way.

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