Zanu-PF Polit­buro to meet

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bu­reau

ZANU-PF has lined up two cru­cial meet­ings this week where se­cu­rity and eco­nomic is­sues are ex­pected to be top on the agenda.

The Polit­buro meets to­mor­row fol­lowed by the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on Fri­day.

The Cen­tral Com­mit­tee is the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s high­est de­ci­sion mak­ing body in-be­tween congress.

Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment last night.

“We have the two im­por­tant meet­ings, start­ing with the Polit­buro on Wed­nes­day, and the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will meet on Fri­day,” he said.

“Mem­bers are ex­pected to at­tend and be seated by 10AM as usual.”

Asked about the agenda, Cde Chombo said: “These are our rou­tine meet­ings and as usual, the agenda will be dis­closed to mem­bers and the media will get feed­back af­ter the meet­ings.”

Sources, how­ever, said se­cu­rity is­sues would likely be tack­led dur­ing the two meet­ings.

“As you are aware, there has been demon­stra­tions, most of them il­le­gal, by the op­po­si­tion par­ties and their prox­ies in the civil so­ci­ety and, this is a mat­ter Polit­buro mem­bers will look at,” said the source.

“You re­mem­ber they have looted shops, stoned cars and at­tacked in­no­cent peo­ple and these need to be dis­cussed.”

Added the source: “The rev­o­lu­tion­ary party puts the econ­omy at the fore and this is likely to be up for dis­cus­sion. Dis­ci­plinary cases will also be on the ta­ble. As you are aware, there are a lot of out­stand­ing cases and those con­cluded, if any, will be put on the ta­ble.”

In the wake of the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, po­lice banned demon­stra­tions in Harare for the next two weeks cit­ing in­ad­e­qua­cies in Sec­tion (26) of the Pub­lic Or­der and Se­cu­rity Act (Chap­ter 11:17) to pre­vent dis­or­der be­ing caused by such processions. The ban be­came ef­fec­tive last Fri­day. Po­lice also banned the car­ry­ing of cat­a­pults and axes among other tra­di­tional weapons likely to be used to in­sti­gate vi­o­lence.

The vi­o­lent protests, be­ing or­ches­trated by the MDC-T and Zim­babwe Peo­ple First, have seen the de­struc­tion of prop­erty worth hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

Western em­bassies such as France and the United States were im­pli­cated as chief fun­ders of some shad­owy groups such as #Ta­ja­muka as part of a regime change agenda in Zim­babwe.

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