Chombo calls for unity

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

ZANU-PF Sec­re­tary for Administration Cde Ig­natius Chombo has urged party mem­bers to re­main united ahead of the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions.

Ad­dress­ing Masvingo provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive at Masvingo Polytech­nic yes­ter­day, Cde Chombo said the mem­bers should em­u­late the late two hero­ines, Min­is­ter of State for Provin­cial Af­fairs Sen­a­tor Shu­vai Ma­hofa and the late Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Si­mon Muzenda’s wife, Am­buya Maud Muzenda who preached peace and unity.

“This is the first ma­jor meet­ing af­ter the death of the two hero­ines Sen­a­tor Ma­hofa and Amai Muzenda who preached peace and unity,” he said.

“We want to see how Masvingo mem­bers fol­low these teach­ings the two hero­ines were preach­ing in the prov­ince. Chiko­foro, as Sen­a­tor Ma­hofa was known, is no more, but you should stick to her words of peace and unity,” he said.

Cde Chombo urged party mem­bers to regis­ter as vot­ers dur­ing the Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise un­der­way so that the party knows the ex­act num­ber of vot­ers it has.

“You should all regis­ter so that we know the fig­ure we have as a party be­fore we go for elec­tions. Peo­ple are reg­is­ter­ing at cell level and that will be eas­ier for us to know the num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers in our party,” he said.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for war veter­ans Cde Syd­ney Sek­ere­mayi warned war veter­ans in Masvingo against as­so­ci­at­ing them­selves with Christo­pher Mutsvangwa, who was ex­pelled from the party.

“We have five war veter­ans, who were ex­pelled from the party for dis­re­spect­ing party lead­er­ship. We have Mutsvangwa, Vic­tor Matemadanda, Dou­glas Mahiya, Hon­est Moyo and Nhando. These are no longer with the party and no one should as­so­ciate with them,” Cde Sek­era­mayi said.

He called on war veter­ans in Masvingo to foster unity and rally be­hind Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF as there was no dif­fer­ence be­tween the party and free­dom fight­ers.

“You can­not sep­a­rate Zanu-PF with war veter­ans. The two are one, if one at­tempts to at­tack the party lead­er­ship, he will be ex­pelled from the party like what hap­pened to those five mem­bers led by Mutsvangwa,” he said.

Na­tional party po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere said he was im­pressed by the num­ber of mem­bers who voted for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in 2013 and chal­lenged Masvingo mem­bers to sur­pass the fig­ures.

“I was im­pressed with the 2013 fig­ures and I hope this time around you will do more in Masvingo Prov­ince. You should bury the op­po­si­tion here as there is no MDC-T to talk about. Op­po­si­tion is fin­ished,” Cde Ka­sukuwere said.

Provin­cial chair­man Cde Ezra Chadza­mira said Masvingo would re­main united and rally be­hind the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“We agreed that unity is very im­por­tant. We may have dif­fer­ences here and there, but we are united and we are fully be­hind Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe. We are pre­pared to work as a unit,” Cde Chadza­mira said.

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