RUMOUR MONGERS WARNED President calls for unity among party members Women’s League solidly behind 2 VPs: First Lady
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said Zanu-PF was solidly united and would not allow rumours to divide and destroy top leadership including his two deputies with whom he has worked since the days of the liberation struggle.
He said factions did not exist in Zanu-PF as it only had some distinctive organs.
Addressing the Zanu-PF Women’s League National Assembly meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday, President Mugabe called for unity among party members.
The meeting was also attended by Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekhezela Mphoko, Women’s League National Assembly members, National Executive Council members, Politburo and Central Committee members among others.
He warned those spreading rumours of divisions between him and his deputies that they would yield nothing.
“We are united at the top. Whatever people might say, we just continue and continue to do our work. Lots of things have been said about my VPs and we have said let’s do our work and ignore them. Serve the people and that’s it.
“Rumours hatidi, hatidi marumours isusu. Talk to the people using the voice of unity, language of unity and not language of division. Don’t divide. Rumours hatidi, running from one area to another. No that’s not Zanu-PF. You may see the information coming to you, fine. But you should not be the rumour monger yourself nekuti dzimwe nhema dzinotitemesa musoro, dzimwe dzehuroyi dzimwe dzei aah. Unosvika kupi nadzo uchiti pautautu hwedu apa, tinotovareva. Chero mumwe auya oti musapiwa maranjisi navanaMnangagwa anenge azodzwa vanenge vabva kun’anga dzavo. Iro ranjisi rine makoko! Kana! takabvira kupi nerwendo urwu tiri pamwechete? (Some make allegations of witchcraft meant to divide us not knowing that our unity dates back many years ago)
“This is 2016, takararama jeri tiri tose tikabuda, kunana Mozambique tiri tose, tikaona independence tiri tose. Muroyi azouya nhasi? ( We were together in jail and later released, we were together in Mozambique and we witnessed out independence together so today we have a wizard among us?) Ndingade kuziva anonzi ndiye muroyi wacho, inonzi ndiyo n’anga yacho ndogoionawo ini. (I would like to know the one who is said to be a wizard or to see the so called inyanga)
“So let’s be united. But unity must recognise others who do not belong to us. Leave them in peace.”
President Mugabe commended youth secretary, Cde Kudzai Chipanga, for organising the One Million Man March, which he said went on well. ZANU-PF secretary for Women Affairs Dr Grace Mugabe, yesterday said the Zanu-PF Women’s League was in full support of the party’s two Vice Presidents, Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.
She dismissed any wrong insinuations and misunderstandings drawn from the women’s cry to be represented in the party’s presidium as implying efforts to remove one of the two VPs.
Speaking at a Women’s League National Assembly Meeting in Harare yesterday, Dr Mugabe said the proposed amendments to a section of the Zanu-PF constitution were wrongly misinterpreted as a strategy by the women to oust one of the reigning VPs, stressing that the Women’s League was solidly behind the VPs’ leadership.
“Your Excellency, just to put the record straight, our resolution was misunderstood and misinterpreted. The resolution was never meant to dispense with anyone. On this note, I wish to assure ubaba uVice Presidents and Second Secretary, Cdes Mnangagwa and Mphoko that you have our full support,” said Dr Mugabe.
During the 15th National Annual People’s Conference in Victoria Falls last year, the Women’s League resolved to push for the amendment of the revolutionary party’s constitution to allow for the appointment of a female Vice President.
They wanted Article 7 (1) (b) of the ruling party’s constitution amended to reinstate the previous provision that one of the two VPs and Second Secretary shall be a woman.
The women gave the party up to end of 2016 to effect the amendment ahead of the 2019 Congress.
Yesterday, the women hailed Government, under the leadership of President Mugabe, for making great strides in promoting gender equity.
He said the youths were important in the party as they were the future and heirs of the inheritance.
“Vana Chipanga tinoda kukutendai. I am glad you are here. Mukomana uyu akaorganiser One Million
“It is gratifying to note that among our National Assembly members are women, whom you elevated to positions of decision-making both in the Party and Government, to promote gender equity as well as to dilute the male-dominated political space.
“In this regard, Cde President, on behalf of the members of the Women’s League National Assembly and on my own behalf, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for your invaluable support.
“Furthermore, we appreciate the initiatives undertaken by Government under your (President Mugabe) wise stewardship in transforming the lives of women in Zimbabwe through progressive policies and legislation enacted since 1980,” said Dr Mugabe.
She urged the private sector to play its part in complementing Government efforts to empower women.
“In this regard, we call upon the private sector to take a cue from the initiatives being undertaken by Government towards attaining 50:50 gender representation at all institutional levels as the constitutional obligation equally applies to them. We are hoping that the newly formed Gender Commission will work tirelessly towards the realisation of this constitutional requirement,” she said.
The Women’s League hailed President Mugabe for his stance against child marriages.
The First Lady reiterated the Women League’s support for the President in in 2018 elections.
“We want to reiterate our first resolution passed during the 15th National Annual People’s Conference that is, ‘ to support President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe as the sole candidate for position of President and First Secretary for Zanu-PF as well as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe for 2018 and beyond’.”
Man March yakavhundutsa. That was a demonstration of what we can do in the future and the party. So we say to you well done, congratulations. Ndimi the youths vanotumwa nanamai vanodefender vanamai nababa. Ndimi vagari venhaka and you should be worried about the future of the party much more than the Women’s League.
President Mugabe said factions did not have any place in the ruling party as Zanu-PF operated on organs and not factions.
“To hell with factions I would say. The party knows nothing that is a faction. Our constitution doesn’t allow factions, we only have party organs but you will find people wanting to divide the party.
“There had been some instances by outsiders thinking the party is divided, demonstrating and appealing nationally for persons within the party to join and I am glad they have been shown that our party is not that stupid,” he said.
He said Pastor Evans Mawarire of the #This Flag, failed to divide the people when he called for demonstrations against the Statutory Instrument 64.
‘‘Mawarire thought he could mobilise thousands of people to demonstrate against the banning of the importation of commodities manufactured locally but was embarrassed when people ignored him. He thereafter fled to America in shame,” he said.
President Mugabe dismissed allegations that there were demonstrations against him at the United Nations and said he did not see the demonstrators, but only members of the December 12 movement.
“I didn’t see any demonstrators at the UN but our friends, December 12 movement, supported us well.
“So let’s remain this tight and not allow these outsiders to penetrate us. Parties like Mai (Joice) Mujuru’s, the likes of Dumiso (Dabengwa), Welshman Ncube or even (Tendai) Biti keep on disintegrating into pieces like an amoeba.
“The outsiders will not stop their attempts — their efforts to undermine our unity. They will look at the various ways of dividing us. Be wary of diplomats who use money to influence us .
‘‘When diplomats invite our people to corrupt them, quite often, we get the stories that so and so was invited by Americans and the British. You have stood firm. Let’s continue to stand firm as we have done before,” he said.
President Mugabe applauded the support the party got from the Women’s League and said he preferred to attend their meeting than going to Botswana where he was invited for an independence anniversary.
First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe,
President Mugabe speaks to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa while Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Secretary for Commissariat Saviour Kasukuwere listen attentively at the Women’s League National Assembly meeting in Harare yesterday.— Picture by Justin Mutenda