Madiro preaches for­give­ness, unity to an­gry Zanu-PF mem­bers

The Manica Post - - Local News - Sa­muel Kadun­gure Se­nior Reporter

ZANU-PF must em­brace foe and ally as part­ners in pol­i­tics, while those who erred must sub­mit to the cen­sure meted by the party as de­serv­ing pun­ish­ment for loved cadres, the party pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, Cde Mike Madiro, has said.

Cde Madiro warned against the alien­ation of for­mer G40 mem­bers say­ing those who have not fallen to­day may also fall to­mor­row and those who have risen now may also fall in fu­ture.

He said this while ad­dress­ing the Makoni in­ter-dis­trict meet­ing in Rusape where tem­pers flared over the in­clu­sion of for­mer G40 mem­bers in party struc­tures and pro­grammes.

Party sup­port­ers also queried im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates in the pro­vin­cial setup at the ex­pense of those who fought against G40 in Man­i­ca­land.

He said the po­lit­i­cal mas­sacres of big­wigs should serve as a les­son for the rank and file.

“Those who erred (G40) must be given an op­por­tu­nity to make amends and those who rode on the right tide must be hum­ble enough to re­alise that ev­ery dog has its day,” said Cde Madiro.

He said Zanu-PF cadres must stop point­ing ac­cus­ing fin­gers at each other, but gear them­selves for a rea­sound­ing win in next year elec­tions.

Cde Madiro said Man­i­ca­land was the big­gest vic­tim of po­lit­i­cal skull­dug­gery as a re­sult of fac­tion­al­ism, hence the need to ur­gently pick up the pieces and forge a united front that any elec­tion calls for.

“You must re­mem­ber that ev­ery Zanu-PF mem­ber mat­ters in our quest for vic­tory in 2018. This is why Pres­i­dent (Em­mer­son) Mnan­gagwa said he has forgiven all mem­bers of the ca­bal ex­cept three. The of­fi­cial po­si­tion of the party is that let by-gones be by-gones.

“Zanu-PF wants ev­ery­body on board re­gard­less of whether they were G40 or what. Em­brace and re­ha­bil­i­tate them if you feel they were wrong, don’t alien­ate them. Those who were wrong be­fore should ad­mit, mend their way, re­form and push the agenda of the party for­ward. They should for­sake fac­tional pol­i­tics, and only those who refuse to re­form or sub­mit to the cen­sure by the party must be dealt with,” said Cde Madiro.

“As we gear for another out­stand­ing win in 2018, it must be re­mem­bered that ev­ery­body mat­ters in the cre­ation of peace, unity and de­vel­op­ment. The road de­mands treat­ing changed and chang­ing cir­cum­stances as an op­por­tu­nity to re­de­fine, re­shape and re­fine a rev­o­lu­tion that must con­tinue to an­swer to the com­mand of the or­di­nary cit­i­zen,” he said.

Cde Madiro warned the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party against com­pla­cency built on the tricky doc­trine of in­vin­ci­bil­ity.

He said di­ver­gent views that work for the good of the party must not be mis­con­strued for dis­sent, but be cred­ited as prop­erly and pur­pose­fully fo­cused.

Cde Madiro ar­gued that Zanu-PF must be driven by com­pet­i­tive ideas and real sub­stance as op­posed to whims and parochial­ism.

He said Zanu-PF has ap­pointed two sit­ting leg­is­la­tors — Se­na­tor Shadreck Tonge­sayi Chipanga and Cde Lu­cia Chi­tura — to baby-sit Makoni South and Makoni West which were or­phaned af­ter ex­pul­sion from Zanu-PF and re­call from Par­lia­ment of their MPs re­cently.

The rul­ing party ex­pelled Cdes Mandi Chimene (Makoni South) and Kudzi Chipanga (Makoni West).

This trig­gered a bat­tle for po­lit­i­cal supremacy as party hawks started to po­si­tion them­selves to can­vass for sup­port, forc­ing the party ap­point the MPs to as­sist with party pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the 2018 elec­tions.

Cde Madiro said the party should take ad­van­tage of the Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion ex­ten­sion to mo­bilise its sup­port­ers to reg­is­ter.

“To win an elec­tion, we need the num­bers, and from Jan­uary 5, we should make sure all our mem­bers who missed the reg­is­tra­tion blitz are reg­is­tered. Elec­tion is a game of num­bers, and we can­not win if our mem­bers are not reg­is­tered,” said Cde Madiro.

At the close of the BVR fourth phase last Tues­day, Man­i­ca­land had reg­is­tered at least 560 000 prospec­tive vot­ers against a tar­get of at least 912 762 reg­is­trants.

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