Eyes on the ball Cdes

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WE were taken aback by sen­ti­ments raised at a meet­ing of ZANU-PF pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons and po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sars who met at the party head­quar­ters in Harare on Wed­nes­day that ap­peared to walk out of step with the pro­gres­sive res­o­lu­tions of the 16th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence, just a month af­ter the ind­aba that dis­cussed is­sues keep­ing peo­ple awake at night.

Bar­ring re­it­er­at­ing the en­dorse­ment of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the 2018 Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, the com­mu­niqué was shock­ingly petty. We let the com­mu­niqué speak; “. . . as pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons and po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sars, we no­tice with con­cern the prac­tice by some of our se­nior party lead­ers who are now and again seen in the com­pany of some el­e­ments of peo­ple who were ex­pelled from ZANU-PF for gross in­dis­ci­pline. Party lead­ers should not be seen to be as­so­ci­at­ing and en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple who were ex­pelled from the party for in­dis­ci­pline, which in­volved dis­re­spect of the party lead­er­ship.”

Iron­i­cally, the con­vener of the meet­ing, na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere was him­self cap­tured sev­eral times hob­nob­bing with ex­pelled, acer­bic for­mer Mashona­land West pro­vin­cial chair­man, and in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tor for Nor­ton, Mr Temba Mliswa.

Such was their ca­ma­raderie that Mr Mliswa made over­tures for the with­drawal of the $20 mil­lion law­suit he was slapped with by Cde Ka­sukuwere.

If this does not il­lus­trate the ab­sur­dity of the com­mu­niqué, we do not know what will.

What we would have ex­pected of a gath­er­ing of the party’s pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship is a meet­ing of minds in line with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s clar­ion call to de­liver on Zim-As­set.

The fact that some­one has been ex­pelled or sus­pended from ZANU-PF does not make them a mor­tal, per­ma­nent en­emy as Cde Ka­sukuwere and Mr Mliswa have shown.

In fact, prece­dent shows that sus­pended or ex­pelled of­fi­cials who show con­tri­tion and at­tend ZANU-PF and na­tional func­tions, are soon re­ha­bil­i­tated and find their way back into the party.

Cases in point be­ing Cdes Web­ster Shamu, Ni­cholas Goche, Ezra Chadza­mira, Kiz­ito Chivamba, and Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza to men­tion just a few.

The na­tional com­mis­sar as the

man en­trusted with mind­ing the party en­gine should know that pol­i­tics is a game of num­bers, and num­bers are boosted by win­ning peo­ple over and not ban­ish­ing them from the party.

Be that as it may, it was un­for­giv­able that the pro­vin­cial lead­ers al­lowed them­selves to be di­verted to petty is­sues at a time some Harare res­i­dents are dy­ing of ty­phoid, and strug­gling to nav­i­gate the nu­mer­ous ser­vice de­liv­ery chal­lenges wrought by the in­ep­ti­tude of suc­ces­sive MDC-T led coun­cils.

ZANU-PF has tra­di­tion­ally done badly in Harare, and one would have thought com­mis­sars and chair­per­sons who know that there is an elec­tion loom­ing in 18 months would dis­cuss strate­gies of wrest­ing the city from the ru­inous clutches of the MDC-T.

The ques­tions of the day are cer­tainly not the ZANU-PF pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for 2018, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe was long en­dorsed as was af­firmed in Masvingo. That is a done deal. The ques­tions re­late to the econ­omy, how to turn it around ex­pe­di­tiously, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, how to en­sure com­mand agri­cul­ture de­liv­ers for the na­tion, among other things.

In short the ques­tions re­late to how ZANU-PF can suc­cess­fully de­liver on its 2013 elec­tion prom­ises to cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for cit­i­zens to thrive and re­alise their dreams.

Al­ready the World Bank has pre­dicted that the econ­omy will grow by at least 3.8 per­cent this year. And this can only be re­alised if ZANU-PF keeps its eyes on the ball. Any­one seek­ing to di­vert the party from its pro-peo­ple agenda should be deemed an en­emy of the peo­ple.

ZANU-PF needs to be wary of peo­ple who openly defy Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s wise coun­sel not to at­tack each other on so­cial me­dia and in op­po­si­tion tabloids.

Their re­mit, it seems, is to en­sure that party re­mains seized with trivia as the clock fu­ri­ously ticks down to 2018.

That Com­rades, is how a party is de­stroyed from within!

ZANU-PF na­tional com­mis­sar Saviour Ka­sukuwere (seated be­hind desk) and Temba Mliswa (stand­ing) dis­cuss the later’s vic­tory in the Nor­ton by-elec­tion where he con­tested as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date af­ter he was ex­pelled from the rul­ing party

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