Polit­buro meets to­day

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THE Zanu-PF Polit­buro meets in Harare to­day amid ex­pec­ta­tions that dis­cus­sions will cen­tre on se­cu­rity is­sues fol­low­ing vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions per­pe­trated by MDC-T, Zim­babwe Peo­ple First and shad­owy op­po­si­tion groups seek­ing to ef­fect il­le­gal regime change in the coun­try.

The demon­stra­tions have been con­demned by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers.

Eco­nomic is­sues and prepa­ra­tions for the revo­lu­tion­ary party’s An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence slated for Masvingo in De­cem­ber, will also take cen­tre stage.

To­day’s meet­ing will be fol­lowed by a Cen­tral Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Fri­day where ro­bust dis­cus­sions on is­sues af­fect­ing the party are an­tic­i­pated.

Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo yesterday said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe would chair the two meet­ings.

“Both meet­ings start at 10AM and we ex­pect all mem­bers to be punc­tual,” he said. “As usual the agenda will first be known to party mem­bers and the me­dia will be briefed on what would have been dis­cussed.”

Zim­babwe has in the past few weeks wit­nessed vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions from op­po­si­tion el­e­ments led by the MDC-T and Zim­babwe Peo­ple First. The demon­stra­tions have been char­ac­terised by loot­ing, de­struc­tion of prop­erty, burn­ing of ve­hi­cles and abuse of in­no­cent peo­ple.

Police of­fi­cers on duty have not been spared as they have been at­tacked with cat­a­pults and stones. Fol­low­ing the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, police moved in and banned demon­stra­tions in Harare for two weeks up to Sep­tem­ber 16, 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.

West­ern em­bassies such as France and the United States have been fin­gered as the chief fun­ders of these vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties as part of their regime change strat­egy.

Said a source: “We also have pend­ing dis­ci­plinary cases and ex­pect them to be tabled. We also have an im­por­tant con­fer­ence on the cards in De­cem­ber and it is now time to see what is be­ing done on the ground. Most im­por­tantly, as ev­i­denced in every Polit­buro meet­ing, the is­sue of the econ­omy is at the heart of the party lead­er­ship and we are go­ing to touch on it.”

Last Polit­buro meet­ings have seen mem­bers go­ing against the party line ei­ther be­ing sus­pended or ex­pelled.

The Dis­ci­plinary Re­view Ap­peals Com­mit­tee of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee still has 27 cases to re­view and a de­ter­mi­na­tion is ex­pected on them. The out­come of cases of the three provin­cial chair­per­sons Cdes Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza (Mashona­land East), Ezra Chadza­mira (Masvingo) and Kiz­ito Chivamba (Mid­lands) is also ex­pected to be an­nounced to­day.

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