Zanu-PF chairs dis­own ‘Tyson com­mu­niqué’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porters

MOST Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons yes­ter­day dis­owned all but one of the res­o­lu­tions that came out of their Wed­nes­day meet­ing with na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere which they claimed bor­dered on fac­tion­al­ism.

The Her­ald is re­li­ably in­formed that Cde Ka­sukuwere con­vened the meet­ing un­der the guise that the agenda was to dis­cuss party pro­grammes in 2017.

It has since emerged that the meet­ing largely dealt with is­sues far re­moved from this agenda.

Pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said they were shocked by the so-called res­o­lu­tions that came out of their meet­ing with Cde Ka­sukuwere serve for the one af­firm­ing their sup­port for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the 2018 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. They said they sus­pected the na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar could have pulled yet an­other “Mafioso Res­o­lu­tion” on them.

“Those res­o­lu­tions did not come from the meet­ing. Akauya ak­a­gadzirwa kare,” said a Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­man who at­tended the meet­ing.

He went on to ex­plain what hap­pened dur­ing the pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons’ meet­ing with Cde Ka­sukuwere.

“What hap­pened is that what are now called res­o­lu­tions are is­sues that were raised by the na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar in his open­ing re­marks. We do not have is­sues with the first part of the reso- lu­tions which stated that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is our sole can­di­date in the 2018 elec­tions. No. That was unan­i­mously agreed but the rest of the res­o­lu­tions, I do not know where they came from be­sides that it was a sum­mary of the na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar’s open­ing re­marks,” said the pro­vin­cial chair­man.

“The meet­ing was sup­posed to come up with pro­grammes for the party in 2017. Be­sides the forth­com­ing Bikita West by-elec­tion, the meet­ing largely dealt with other is­sues.”

It also emerged that Cde Ka­sukuwere tried to pres­sure Mid­lands pro­vin­cial deputy chair Cde Daniel Macken­zie Ncube to read the “cooked up res­o­lu­tions” but he re­fused.

This was de­spite the fact that Cde Ncube al­ways reads res­o­lu­tions at such meet­ings.

Yes­ter­day Cde Ncube con­firmed re­fus­ing to read the res­o­lu­tions.

“I re­fused to read the res­o­lu­tions be­cause I did not feel it was right for me to read the res­o­lu­tions all the time. Why should I al­ways read the res­o­lu­tions? I am just a deputy chair­per­son. I am not a chair­per­son,” he said.

A se­nior leader of one of the Zanu-PF wings, who also at­tended the meet­ing, tried to down­play the res­o­lu­tions.

The wing leader said it was a rou­tine meet­ing where the na­tional com­mis­sar meets with pro­vin­cial com­mis­sars ev­ery Mon­day to dis­cuss mo­bil­i­sa­tion is­sues.

“I think the pri­vate me­dia tried to drama­tise the meet­ing by rais­ing is­sues that were not dis­cussed in the meet­ing,” he said.

“We won­der who is the source of the story that ap­peared in the pri­vate me­dia and what the source wanted to achieve be­cause what they pub­lished is not the cor­rect ver­sion of what was dis­cussed in the meet­ing.”

Zanu-PF Mashona­land East pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Bernard Makokove, how­ever, claimed the meet­ing dis­cussed ex­actly what was pub­lished in the pri­vately-owned me­dia.

Asked whether in­deed the pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons had raised is­sues to do with Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, Cde Makokove re­sponded: “That was what we dis­cussed.”

Masvingo pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Amasa Nen­jana agreed with some of the res­o­lu­tions that came from the meet­ing but dis­missed oth­ers.

“It was a reg­u­lar meet­ing with chair­per­sons and we dis­cussed is­sues of party structures. We also dis­cussed other is­sues where party of­fi­cials min­gle with peo­ple who were dis­missed from the party. The En­ergy Mu­todi is­sue also came up. He has no right to call for the re­moval of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. How­ever, in the res­o­lu­tions we never asked to meet the Pres­i­dent.”

He de­fended Cde Ka­sukuwere for meet­ing Mr Temba Mliswa af­ter he won the Nor­ton by-elec­tion say­ing he could not be cru­ci­fied for “meet­ing a per­son not so se­ri­ous like Mliswa”.

Cde Nen­jana did not ex­plain why in his view he con­sid­ered Mr Mliswa, who went to Par­lia­ment at Zanu-PF’s ex­pense, a per­son “not so se­ri­ous”.

Mashona­land West pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Ephraim Chengeta said he did not at­tend the meet­ing but was briefed on what tran­spired.

“The meet­ing was on the re­struc­tur­ing of party cells and branches. It also reaf­firmed our 100 per­cent sup­port for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the sole party can­di­date in 2018. As for the other is­sues now be­ing raised, I was not briefed about them.”

Re­peated ef­forts to get a com­ment from Cde Ka­sukuwere were fruit­less yes­ter­day.

His deputy, Cde Omega Hungwe, said: “I can­not talk to you on that sub­ject. You have to talk to the na­tional com­mis­sar. I bet you I can­not talk about that meet­ing.”

Bu­l­awayo and Mata­bele­land South prov­inces were not rep­re­sented at the meet­ing as their chair­per­sons did not at­tend.

At its De­cem­ber Na­tional An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence held in Masvingo in De­cem­ber, Zanu-PF stressed the need for party unity in its res­o­lu­tions.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has urged unity in Zanu-PF at al­most ev­ery oc­ca­sion he has ad­dressed rul­ing party mem­bers.

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