‘Pres­i­dent tired of gos­sip and lies’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nye­mudzai Kakore Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mugabe is tired of gos­sip and lies and wants Zanu-PF cadres to or­gan­ise them­selves and pre­pare for next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

Zanu-PF spokesper­son, Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo said this while ad­dress­ing del­e­gates at the party’s Harare Prov­ince of­fices dur­ing a BVR voter reg­is­tra­tion train­ing pro­gramme yes­ter­day.

Cde Khaya Moyo said trib­al­ism and fac­tion­al­ism should not ex­ist in Zanu-PF.

“Other party mem­bers think that they are do­ing the party any good by seek­ing an au­di­ence with Pres­i­dent Mugabe on a daily ba­sis.The Pres­i­dent is now tired of gos­sip and lies. This is not good for the party ahead of next year’s elec­tions,” he said.

“If we are Zanu-PF, we are Zanu-PF with one Pres­i­dent. We must be loyal to the Pres­i­dent of the party and Gov­ern­ment. Fac­tion­al­ism and trib­al­ism should cease to ex­ist. Af­ter the sign­ing of the Unity Ac­cord be­tween Zapu and Zanu-PF, the late Vice Pres­i­dent Cde Joshua Nkomo called us and said we have one party and said even if l die to­day, you will re­main where l have left you.”

Cde Khaya Moyo cau­tioned party mem­bers to de­sist from grant­ing the me­dia un­nec­es­sary in­ter­views with­out the party’s bless­ings as this would brew di­vi­sions in the party.

He said Zanu-PF had well de­fined party struc­tures of chan­nelling out in­for­ma­tion through the In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment.

“In­for­ma­tion is power. We will not al­low ev­ery­body to be the spokesper­son of the party. Re­frain from that. They say the pen is might­ier than the sword. I have wit­nessed a trend where most of you are just giv­ing out in­for­ma­tion with­out fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dures. This is not what is in the Con­sti­tu­tion of the party he said.

“Let us avoid is­su­ing state­ments to which we can­not stand by in the fu­ture. Our party Con­sti­tu­tion is our bi­ble which must be ad­hered to. All mem­bers of the party must study and know the party’s Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Ad­dress­ing the same gath­er­ing Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said war vet­er­ans were a crit­i­cal sec­tor ahead of next year’s elec­tions.

He said the coun­try had close to one mil­lion war vet­er­ans who must be reg­is­tered to vote if they are all com­bined from war col­lab­o­ra­tors, war vic­tims and po­lit­i­cal de­tainees and restrictees.

“War vet­er­ans are a strong con­stituency that peo­ple must not play around with es­pe­cially dur­ing elec­tions,” he said.

Zanu-PF po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere said Zanu-PF was go­ing to win all seats in Harare next year.

He urged the re­spec­tive de­part­ments to as­sist the elec­torate to be reg­is­tered to vote.

On war vet­er­ans, Cde Ka­sukuwere said the po­si­tion of the party was clear that Mr Christo­pher Mutsvangwa and his ac­com­plices were not part and par­cel of war vet­er­ans who lib­er­ated the coun­try from colo­nial bondage.

Dig­ni­taries present at the meet­ing where De­fence Min­is­ter, Cde Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, In­dus­try and Com­merce Deputy Min­is­ter Chi­ratidzo Mabuwa, Harare pro­vin­cial com­mis­sar Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe, Polit­buro and Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber Se­na­tor Charles Tavengwa as well as the Women’s League sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Letina Un­denge.

Pres­i­dent Mugabe and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe greet China-bound stu­dents, who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme at the send-off cer­e­mony at State House in Harare yes­ter­day. — (Picture by Be­lieve Nyakud­jara)

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