Prov­inces hail Women’s League

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

ZANU-PF prov­inces have wel­comed the step taken by the party’s sec­re­tary for Women’s Af­fairs, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, last Fri­day to clar­ify mis­un­der­stand­ings and mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions of their pro­posal to have the party’s con­sti­tu­tion amended to have a woman in the Pre­sid­ium.

The pro­posal was read to im­ply that one of the Vice Pres­i­dents should be re­moved to make way for a woman.

Ad­dress­ing the Women’s League na­tional as­sem­bly meet­ing in Harare on Fri­day, Dr Mu­gabe said there was no plot to oust a VP. She said the two VPs Cdes Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko en­joyed the full sup­port of the Women’s League.

Zanu-PF provin­cial chair­per­sons yes­ter­day wel­comed the clar­i­fi­ca­tions by Dr Mu­gabe say­ing this put to rest un­nec­es­sary spec­u­la­tion in the party that one of the VPs would be axed at the forth­com­ing An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence set for Masvingo in De­cem­ber.

The party’s Harare provin­cial chair­per­son Cde Charles Tawengwa wel­comed Dr Mu­gabe’s re­marks, say­ing it was Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s dis­cre­tion to choose his deputies. “It’s a wel­come de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “It lays to rest all the spec­u­la­tion that one of the VPs was go­ing to be re­moved from of­fice. It’s you the news­pa­pers who were writ­ing about this - say­ing so and so is go­ing to be re­moved.

“The First Lady has come out in the open and clar­i­fied the is­sue and I think this is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment for the party.”

Cde Tawengwa’s views were sup­ported by Mid­lands deputy chair Cde Daniel Macken­zie Ncube who said:

“We re­spect the res­o­lu­tion that came out of the Vic­to­ria Falls con­fer­ence (to amend the party con­sti­tu­tion) and we also re­spect the de­ci­sion made by His Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent in pick­ing up his deputies.

“The First Lady should be ap­plauded for that clar­i­fi­ca­tion.”

He con­tin­ued: “Some of the mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions on that res­o­lu­tion were bent on sow­ing di­vi­sions in the party by cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.”

Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land North provin­cial chair­man Cde Richard Moyo said: “We gave all the pow­ers to the Pres­i­dent at our last con­gress. He is the ap­point­ing author­ity. He ap­points his deputies and all Polit­buro mem­bers.

“When the women made their res­o­lu­tion, it was not said that it should be im­ple­mented to­mor­row. Some peo­ple were al­ready run­ning around say­ing one of the VPs is fac­ing ouster. We wel­come the clar­i­fi­ca­tion by the First Lady be­cause it makes ev­ery­thing clear.”

Zanu-PF Mashona­land East provin­cial chair­man Cde Richard Makokove said they were al­ready hold­ing out­reach meet­ings to ex­plain the cor­rect po­si­tion to the peo­ple.

“Dr Mu­gabe’s re­marks cleared air on that mat­ter. I think about 90 per­cent of the peo­ple had mis­in­ter­preted that res­o­lu­tion,” he said.

“Dur­ing our district out­reach meet­ings that we started in Chikomba yes­ter­day, we are al­ready ex­plain­ing that to the peo­ple. We also re­solved dur­ing our provin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing meet­ing that we should dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion to the peo­ple clear­ing those dis­tor­tions.”

Mashona­land West provin­cial chair­per­son Cde Ephraim Chengeta thanked Dr Mu­gabe for re­mov­ing dis­tor­tions around the mat­ter.

“I have noth­ing to add or sub­tract on what the First Lady said apart from thank­ing her for such re­marks,” he said.

“Some were al­ready say­ing things that are not part of that res­o­lu­tion. I think the First Lady did a good thing that we wel­come as a party.”

In Mashona­land Cen­tral, provin­cial chair­man Cde Dick­son Mafios said the mes­sage from the First Lady was clear.

He said the res­o­lu­tion call­ing for the in­clu­sion of a woman in the Pre­sid­ium was part of the Zanu-PF con­sti­tu­tion which was used to el­e­vate for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­juru.

He said when Dr Mu­juru was ex­pelled the party con­sti­tu­tion was not ex­pelled as well.

“We con­cur with what the First Lady said,” he said.

“There is noth­ing wrong with hav­ing a woman in the top lead­er­ship of the party and it was there (in the party con­sti­tu­tion) ever since. The First Lady was clear that they want their rep­re­sen­ta­tion and she did not say to­day or to­mor­row but in the fu­ture.”

Mata­bele­land South provin­cial chair Cde Ra­belani Choeni said he had not yet heard about Dr Mu­gabe’s re­marks and he would only com­ment on the mat­ter to­day.

Provin­cial chair­per­sons for Masvingo and Man­i­ca­land prov­inces Cde Amasa Nhen­jana and Samuel Un­denge’s views could not be as­cer­tained as they did not an­swer their mo­bile phones.

Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents queue to take some tablets meant to pre­vent lym­phatic fi­lar­i­a­sis, a dis­ease that causes ele­phan­ti­a­sis (ab­nor­mal swelling of the limbs) dur­ing the Min­istry of Health and Child Care out­reach pro­gramme at Mzi­likazi Clinic yes­ter­day. (Pic By Den­nis Mudza­miri)

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