Zanu-PF Politburo to meet
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.