Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ad­vises Zanu-PF mem­bers PEACE TO COUNTER VI­O­LENCE

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NO amount of dirty pol­i­tick­ing and coali­tions by op­po­si­tion el­e­ments will force Zanu-PF into an­other Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Unity, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s Polit­buro said yes­ter­day.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists after a Polit­buro meet­ing in Harare, Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo, said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe di­rected party mem­bers to craft peace­ful strate­gies to counter vi­o­lent protests be­ing per­pe­trated by the op­po­si­tion.

At the fore of the vi­o­lent protests is Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s MDC-T, Dr Joice Mu­juru’s Zim­babwe Peo­ple First and shad­owy groups seek­ing il­le­gal regime change.

They are be­ing funded by Western coun­tries who have since 2000 plot­ted to top­ple the Zanu-PF Gov­ern­ment without suc­cess.

“In his open­ing re­marks, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe stated that the Polit­buro was an im­por­tant or­gan of the party and we should drive it in the po­lit­i­cal con­test with the op­po­si­tion who have com­bined to at­tack Zanu-PF through protests over amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tion and Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 of 2016,” Cde Chombo said.

“His Ex­cel­lency stated that the op­po­si­tion had forged a coali­tion aided by some ex­ter­nal forces, which have be­come glar­ingly vis­i­ble. The op­po­si­tion has taken to vi­o­lent protests sup­ported by Western pow­ers who are pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial aid. The Pres­i­dent in­formed the Polit­buro on the need for the party to evolve its own strate­gies to counter the vi­o­lence be­ing per­pe­trated by the op­po­si­tion.”

He added: “The op­po­si­tion is do­ing this with the hope that they would force Zanu-PF into a Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Unity. There can­not be a Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Unity when Zanu-PF won the elec­tions and was given a five year man­date to rule. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe went on to en­cour­age mem­bers of the party to be highly vig­i­lant, well or­gan­ised and to be firm in de­fend­ing the party so that Zanu-PF has a re­sound­ing vic­tory in 2018.”

The protests have seen shops be­ing looted, cars be­ing burnt, prop­erty de­stroyed and in­no­cent peo­ple at­tacked.

Cde Chombo said dis­cus­sions also cen­tred on the prepa­ra­tions for the 16th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence slated for Masvingo in De­cem­ber.

“The spe­cific con­fer­ence dates have not yet been de­ter­mined but we are in the process,” he said. “The party is now busy de­cid­ing on the venue and mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to en­sure this an­nual event is a re­sound­ing suc­cess and that the party con­tin­ues to march for­ward in unity and de­feat all other par­ties that are on the way.” He said Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Joseph Made, had pre­sented a de­tailed re­port on the forth­com­ing 2016/17 sum­mer crop­ping sea­son. “He in­formed the Polit­buro that the com­ing sea­son will have nor­mal to above nor­mal rain­fall,” Cde Chombo said. “In this light, the Min­is­ter made a state­ment that they have tar­geted 400 000 hectares un­der the com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme. Iden­ti­fied farm­ers will be given in­puts, which they will pay back by giv­ing Gov­ern­ment five tonnes per hectare and any sur­plus will be for the farmer. At the mo­ment ver­i­fi­ca­tion for the farm­ers to be con­tracted is un­der­way.” Cde Chombo went on: “The Min­is­ter fur­ther stated that the Pres­i­den­tial Well-Wish­ers In­put Scheme will this sea­son cater for up to 1, 4 mil­lion small holder farm­ers. This scheme is meant to en­sure food se­cu­rity at house­hold level. Fur­ther­more Gov­ern­ment will sup­port cot­ton farm­ers with in­puts to cul­ti­vate 250 000ha.” On out­stand­ing dis­ci­plinary cases, Cde Chombo said: “The Dis­ci­plinary Ap­peals and Re­view Com­mit­tee of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee presided over 17 cases in which three mem­bers had their sen­tences re­duced to two years, one year and eight months which have been served al­ready. The com­mit­tee up­held the two year sus­pen­sions for 12 mem­bers while the re­main­ing two cases were re­ferred to the Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee.

“The NDC gave a re­port, four cases from Harare province of mem­bers who had been sus­pended for five years were dealt with. Polit­buro en­dorsed the lift­ing of sus­pen­sions on three of those mem­bers while the other case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Cde Chombo said sec­re­taries for com­mis­sariat (Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere) and science and tech­nol­ogy (Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo) made a pre­sen­ta­tion on the new elec­tronic party card.

“This is a cut­ting edge de­vel­op­ment which will en­able the party to keep abreast with changes in ICT,” he said.

“The Com­mis­sar also gave us a de­tailed re­port on the po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place in all the 10 prov­inces. The Polit­buro was quite pleased that the party was ac­tive and in­volved in many pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties. He high­lighted the cam­paign strate­gies for the three by elec­tions due in Oc­to­ber.”

The by elec­tions are due in Nor­ton, Chi­man­i­mani West and Bikita West.

BCC Act­ing Town Clerk Mrs Sikhangele Zhou

Cde Ig­natius Chombo

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