Zanu-PF Mat’land to hold Cen­tral Com­mit­tee polls

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MATA­BELE­LAND prov­inces are set to hold Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions to­mor­row and Fri­day, with Mata­bele­land South prov­ince say­ing it will also start dis­ci­plinary hear­ings against party mem­bers who were al­legedly loyal to fired Vice Pres­i­dent Mr Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

Bulawayo pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Den­nis Ndlovu said they were yet to fi­nalise on the ex­act date for Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions, but added that the polls may be held ei­ther to­mor­row or on Fri­day.

He said the prov­ince would to­day hold in­ter-dis­trict meet­ings that will chart the way for the prov­ince’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions.

Cde Ndlovu said demo­cratic pro­cesses should be fol­lowed dur­ing the in­ter­nal elec­tions.

“We are go­ing to be elect­ing 20 Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers and party mem­bers are free to choose whom they want. That is what democ­racy is all about. The party mem­bers are aware of the cri­te­ria to be fol­lowed and those who do not fit in the cri­te­ria should not bother try­ing to con­test in the elec­tions,” said Cde Ndlovu.

He said the prov­ince was not in a hurry to in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary hear­ings against per­ceived sym­pa­this­ers of ex VP Mnan­gagwa as there are more press­ing is­sues to be dealt with such as the elec­tions.

The de­vel­op­ment comes at a time the party has urged prov­inces to fol­low laid down pro­ce­dures in han­dling dis­ci­plinary cases.

Mata­bele­land North chair­man Cde Richard Moyo said they would hold a Pro­vin­cial Co-or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee (PCC) meet­ing to­day in prepa­ra­tion for the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions to be held on Fri­day.

He said the prov­ince does not have prob­lems of rene­gade mem­bers.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial in­terim chair­man Cde Saul Ma­hal­ima Ncube yes­ter­day said they would hold a PCC and Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing as well as dis­ci­plinary hear­ings to­day ahead of Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions to be held on Fri­day.

He said dis­ci­plinary hear­ings would be for lower rank­ing of­fi­cials.

Cde Ncube said cases in­volv­ing Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers would be han­dled by the na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

“We’re go­ing to be hav­ing three meet­ings to­mor­row (to­day). To start with, we will have dis­ci­plinary hear­ings in the morn­ing be­fore we con­duct a Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing which will be fol­lowed by the Pro­vin­cial Co-or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee. We need to deal with our lo­cal cases so that we can make res­o­lu­tions be­fore con­duct­ing Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions on Fri­day. We are not go­ing to hear cases for mem­bers who oc­cupy Cen­tral Com­mit­tee po­si­tions as their cases are be­ing han­dled by the na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee,” he said.

Cde Ncube urged the party’s mem­bers to re­main united ahead of the dis­ci­plinary hear­ings and Cen­tral Com­mit­tee elec­tions.

Mean­while, Harare pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Charles Tavengwa said CVs will be sent to the Na­tional Elec­tions Direc­torate to­day (Wed­nes­day), while elec­tions are ex­pected be­fore the end of the week.

Our Masvingo Bureau re­ports that sev­eral rul­ing party big­wigs in the prov­ince have been nom­i­nated to be­come mem­bers of the Zanu-PF Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, with for­mer Masvingo Gov­er­nor Cde Wil­lard Chi­wewe and Masvingo pro­vin­cial af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Paul Chimedza head­lin­ing se­nior of­fi­cials who have won elec­tions to be mem­bers of the key rul­ing party or­gan ahead of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s spe­cial congress slated for De­cem­ber.

The ma­jor­ity of se­nior of­fi­cials who were in the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee could not make it as most of them were barred from con­test­ing the elec­tions af­ter be­ing sus­pended for be­ing part of a group fronted by fired Vice Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa that was ac­cused of un­der­min­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Elec­tions to choose Cen­tral Com­mit­tee nom­i­nees in Masvingo are ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore the end of this week.

In Gutu, Dr Chimedza won the ticket to get into the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to­gether with Gutu West leg­is­la­tor Cde Ton­gai Muzenda. The two were joined by Re­tired Colonel Mutero Masan­gan­ise with Cde Patricia Gama com­plet­ing the dis­trict’s list.

In Zaka, Cde Chi­wewe was elected to­gether with Pro­fes­sor Bon­face Chi­vore and Cde Jonas Chin­danya.

Lead­ing the cast of Bikita can­di­dates is Pa­mushana High School head­mas­ter Cde John­son Mad­huku, who was elected into the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to­gether with Cdes Jef­freys Murire, Veron­ica Dzika and Wat­son Magu­raumwe.

In Chiredzi, Re­tired Brigadier Gen­eral Cal­listo Gwanetsa, who is the Chiredzi South leg­is­la­tor won the elec­tion to be a mem­ber of the Cen­tral Com­mitt­tee to­gether with his Chiredzi North coun­ter­part Cde Rob­son Muk­wena.

Also voted into the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in Chiredzi are Cdes Jerry Makuni, Sam­son Makonese and Mavis Dhemba.

Chivi South leg­is­la­tor Cde Mathias Vutete won the nod to be a Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber to­gether with busi­ness­man Cde Welling­ton Ma­pu­vire with Cde Tra­nos Hu­ruva com­plet­ing the list.

Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic­ity Cde Dar­ling­ton Chiwa yes­ter­day said Cen­tral Com­mit­tee nom­i­nees for Mwenezi and Masvingo dis­tricts were to be elected yes­ter­day and to­day re­spec­tively.

“The elec­tions have been go­ing on smoothly with no ma­jor chal­lenges from those who failed to make it. Of course, there might be some grum­bling from some quar­ters over los­ing, but at the end of the day, the will of the peo­ple al­ways pre­vails,” said Cde Chiwa.

Pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Jappy Ja­boon said the rul­ing party in Masvingo will hold a pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing to­mor­row that will be pre­ceded by a pro­vin­cial elec­tions direc­torate to re­ceive names of those voted into the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

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