RU­MOUR MON­GERS WARNED Pres­i­dent calls for unity among party mem­bers Women’s League solidly be­hind 2 VPs: First Lady

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Elita Chik­wati Daniel Ne­mukuyu

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

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