Party’s Mat North mem­ber­ship dou­bles

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

ZANU-PF Matabeleland North Prov­ince has dou­bled its card car­ry­ing mem­ber­ship to about 160 700 in the last three years.

The party has gone on an ag­gres­sive re­cruit­ment drive in the prov­ince ahead of the 2018 elec­tions.

Giv­ing an up­date on re­struc­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at a pro­vin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on Satur­day in Lu­pane, the party’s pro­vin­cial com­mis­sar Cde Martin Khu­malo said the party now has 191 dis­tricts up from 189.

“We main­tained the 191 dis­tricts which rose up from 189 in 2013 be­cause of new dis­tricts in Binga and Bubi, as there hasn’t been a cir­cu­lar di­rect­ing us to re­struc­ture,” said Cde Khu­malo who is also Lu­pane East Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

He said there are now 3 238 cells in the

Mu­na­cho Mutezo.

The vot­ing took place smoothly and peace­fully and sur­vived the scare of heavy rains that could ren­der some places im­pass­able, with re­sults be­ing an­nounced early morn­ing Sun­day. The re­sult ban­ished the rul­ing party’s re­cent loss in Nor­ton, and Zanu-PF’s re­lief was ev­i­dent.

Cde Mat­sikenyere at­trib­uted her win to unity within the party and a cam­paign blitz prov­ince against a pro­jected num­ber of

4 175 while they have also sur­passed half of the 955 branches.

“As Com­mis­sariat, we sat and con­verted the num­ber of cells to fig­ures and this gives us 160 700 mem­bers. Our rec­om­men­da­tion to the prov­ince is that they must make sure all these peo­ple have cards be­cause fail­ure to do so may re­sult in them be­ing taken by other par­ties,” said Cde Khu­malo. He be­moaned voter ap­a­thy in the prov­ince. “Now that we have a lot of peo­ple in the struc­tures, we must en­sure they are reg­is­tered vot­ers,” said Cde Khu­malo.

He said the party should be wary of plans by op­po­si­tion par­ties to make a coali­tion as they may up­set the party if they com­bine.

Cde Khu­malo said there was a need for unity of pur­pose in build­ing of struc­tures to be sure of re­tain­ing all seats the party gar­nered in 2013.

that saw heav­ies de­scend­ing on Chi­man­i­mani to drum up her sup­port. “This win was as a re­sult of unity and the sup­port that we got from na­tional, pro­vin­cial and dis­trict lev­els,” said Cde Mat­sikenyere.

“There was no dis­unity and we worked to­gether as one team,” she said. She said Chi­man­i­mani West would “never be the same again”.

“We are go­ing to cham­pion de­vel­op­ment

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, the party’s pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Richard Moyo en­cour­aged party mem­bers to work to­gether for the suc­cess of the party.

He chal­lenged youths to reg­is­ter so they can vote in the next elec­tions.

“We have chil­dren who are now el­i­gi­ble vot­ers and it’s up to us to mo­bilise them to make sure they have Na­tional Iden­tity Cards and that they are reg­is­tered vot­ers. Let’s en­sure that our chil­dren reg­is­ter as vot­ers.

“All we need to do is re­main fo­cused, start­ing from our cells up­wards. Our Com­mis­sariat has worked tire­lessly to win new mem­bers and we should con­tinue work­ing hard,” added Cde Moyo.

He said the prov­ince was wait­ing for dis­burse­ment of mem­ber­ship cards from the na­tional of­fice for new mem­bers. — @ ncubeleon

through projects for youth and women. We are go­ing to pro­vide wa­ter to the peo­ple — al­ready we have sunk bore­holes and we are go­ing to un­der­take de-sil­ta­tion of dams so that they hold enough for ir­ri­ga­tion ac­tiv­i­ties,” pledged Cde Mat­sikenyere.

Her clos­est ri­val, Mr Mtetwa, con­ceded de­feat but claimed there had been intimidation of the elec­torate, although no of­fi­cial re­ports con­firmed this.

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