Pres­i­dent cau­tions party mem­bers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day called on Zanu-PF mem­bers to solve their dif­fer­ences through the ap­pro­pri­ate or­gans of the party and not pri­vate and so­cial me­dia.

The Zanu-PF First Sec­re­tary also im­plored the party lead­er­ship to ex­er­cise “due care” when se­lect­ing can­di­dates to rep­re­sent the party in by-elec­tions.

Speak­ing af­ter the Zanu-PF Polit­buro meet­ing in Harare, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Cde Ig­natius Chombo, said the Pres­i­dent’s re­marks cen­tred on unity.

“The Pres­i­dent urged mem­bers to solve their dif­fer­ences in the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee or the Polit­buro which has al­ways been the Zanu-PF way of deal­ing with is­sues,” he said.

“He said it is our tra­di­tion in the party to solve our problems am­i­ca­bly through the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee or Polit­buro and if it is at a lower level, at an ap­pro­pri­ate or­gan of the party.”

This comes as some Polit­buro mem­bers are grant­ing in­ter­views to the pri­vate me­dia, us­ing the plat­form to at­tack the party lead­er­ship while Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Professor Jonathan Moyo has threat­ened to sue Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, Information, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mr Ge­orge Charamba fol­low­ing me­dia re­ports that he si­phoned more than $430 000 from the Zimbabwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund.

Prof Moyo has also threat­ened to sue Zim­pa­pers, sev­eral State in­sti­tu­tions, prin­ci­pally the Zimbabwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ZACC) and Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity.

Prof Moyo has also re­turned to his fren­zied tweet­ing, at­tack­ing se­nior party of­fi­cials and con­sti­tu­tional bod­ies whose ap­point­ments were made by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on Twit­ter.

Said Cde Chombo: “The Pres­i­dent im­plored party mem­bers to be united at all lev­els. He fur­ther ad­vised that due care should be taken when choos­ing the can­di­dates to rep­re­sent the party in by-elec­tions and to avoid rep­e­ti­tion of the Nor­ton sit­u­a­tion.”

This is the sec­ond time in as many weeks that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has slammed the im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates.

In the just-ended Nor­ton by-elec­tion, Zanu-PF lost to an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, Mr Temba Mliswa, af­ter the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere re­port­edly im­posed Cde Ron­ald Chind­edza on the peo­ple.

An in­ter­nal au­dio clip of party mem­bers leaked to the me­dia re­vealed that dirty money ex­changed hands to in­flate votes in favour of Cde Chind­edza who had only polled seven votes in the party’s pri­mary elec­tions.

Cde Chind­edza ended up hav­ing 257 “cooked” votes and peo­ple who ex­posed the mis­chief have been re­ceiv­ing threats since then.

Cde Chombo said Cde Ka­sukuwere re­ported that the party was dis­ap­pointed with the Nor­ton re­sult but promised to do bet­ter in the com­ing by-elec­tions in Chi­man­i­mani West and Bikita West.

He said prepa­ra­tions for the forth­com­ing 16th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence were pro­gress­ing well with the na­tional co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee hav­ing met seven times in Harare and four times in Masvingo.

“Ac­com­mo­da­tion and all other ar­range­ments to re­ceive del­e­gates are now in place,” he said.

“The party held a suc­cess­ful din­ner dance last Fri­day which raised a sig­nif­i­cant amount which will as­sist in fund­ing the con­fer­ence. So, come De­cem­ber 12, Masvingo will be ready to host the con­fer­ence.”

Zanu-PF needs about $4 mil­lion for the event.

On dis­ci­plinary is­sues, Cde Chombo said: “The Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee sat and de­lib­er­ated on sev­eral is­sues which saw the lift­ing of sus­pen­sions on Cdes Web­ster Shamu, Fran­cis Nhema and Flora Buka. They are back as or­di­nary mem­bers and are free to con­test any party po­si­tion.”

He said the out­come of cases of the three pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons, Cdes Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza (Mashona­land East), Ezra Chadza­mira (Masvingo) and Kiz­ito Chivamba (Mid­lands) would be dis­cussed in the next Polit­buro meet­ing.

He said there was no re­port on the Polit­buro ad hoc com­mit­tee set up to look into Prof Moyo’s Zimdef saga as Cde Ja­cob Mu­denda was busy with Sadc Speak­ers of Par­lia­ment who are in the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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