Zanu-PF comes up with strate­gies to re­claim ur­ban coun­cil wards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

THE rul­ing party Zanu-PF has come up with a num­ber of strate­gies to re­claim lo­cal author­ity ur­ban wards it lost in Mata­bele­land South Province dur­ing the har­monised elec­tions held in July, an of­fi­cial has said.

The party won 12 out of 13 Na­tional As­sem­bly seats in the province while Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa got a re­sound­ing vote in Mata­bele­land South, fol­low­ing a clean sweep in 2013.

Speak­ing dur­ing the party’s vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions held in Ward 4, Mat­shiloni in Beit­bridge West Con­stituency, the pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Ra­belani Choeni said the party held a post mortem of the last elec­tions and was ready to ad­dress some of the is­sues which af­fected it in ur­ban set­tle­ments.

He said although they had done well in Na­tional As­sem­bly and Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, it was high time they re­gained ground in coun­cil elec­tions.

“We have taken stock of the last har­monised elec­tions where we had land­slide vic­tory in Na­tional As­sem­bly and Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions. How­ever, we need to ad­dress is­sues in ur­ban set­tle­ments where we lost a few wards.

“In essence we have the medicine to cure the al­i­ments. We know the is­sues and we are go­ing to ad­dress them. For us to suc­ceed we need to work to­gether from grass­roots up to the na­tional level,” said Cde Choeni.

He said Zanu-PF was still strong on the ground.

Cde Choeni said the province would soon start work­ing on a mas­sive party re­struc­tur­ing and mo­bil­i­sa­tion pro­gramme.

“In the next few weeks, we will be on the ground work­ing on our cells, branches, dis­tricts and prov­inces. This is to en­sure that we con­sol­i­date what we have on the ground and build a big­ger sup­port base.

“It is im­por­tant that we regis­ter all our mem­bers and match the op­po­si­tion par­ties man to man.

“How­ever, this is a process which will be guided by the party’s ethos. We are also happy that some fence sit­ters have started join­ing the party, they have re­alised that we are here to stay and the only in­sti­tu­tion with peo­ple at heart,” said Cde Choeni.

Ad­dress­ing the same crowd, Beit­bridge West par­lia­men­tar­ian Cde Ruth Maboyi said it was im­por­tant for com­mu­ni­ties, tra­di­tional lead­ers, and devel­op­ment agen­cies to work to­gether in rolling out so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment projects.

She said lead­ers must al­ways con­sult com­mu­ni­ties so that they pool re­sources to­gether with one shared vi­sion.

“For us to move for­ward as a com­mu­nity, as a peo­ple, we must have mu­tual un­der­stand­ing built on re­spect and con­sul­ta­tion. Let’s have a shared vi­sion of where we want to be in the next few years and we roll out projects in order of pri­or­ity.

“There are a lot of is­sues we need to col­lab­o­rate ef­forts on, es­pe­cially on so­cioe­co­nomic em­pow­er­ment, wa­ter, sanitation and in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment,” she said.

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