‘Los­ing pri­mary polls, not end of the road’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Prince Mukuna Her­ald Re­porter

LOS­ING ZANU-PF can­di­dates in the just-ended pri­mary elec­tions must now move on and fo­cus on cam­paign­ing for the party to win the up­com­ing har­monised elec­tions.

Ad­dress­ing party sup­port­ers in Ep­worth on Tues­day, ZANU-PF Deputy Sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Lewis Matutu said there is al­ways room in the party for can­di­dates who lost in pri­mary elec­tions to cam­paign for ZANU-PF and re­sist the temp­ta­tion to be­come in­de­pen­dents.

“Los­ing the pri­mary elec­tions is not the end of the road and it is not com­mit­ting an of­fence. I also lost in the con­stituency I con­tested in (Zvisha­vane/Runde) and I ac­cepted the fate as the voice of the peo­ple.

“The time for pri­mary elec­tions is now over. It is now time to con­cen­trate on the way for­ward for the party to win the up­com­ing har­monised elec­tions. We must all vote for our leader; Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa,” he said.

He cas­ti­gated can­di­dates who use bribes to gain votes say­ing ZANU-PF did not tol­er­ate such prac­tices.

“We must fo­cus on Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment who en­hance de­vel­op­ment and long-term projects which sus­tain and up­hold the com­mu­nity from the grass­roots.

“Those cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als who use bribes to pro­mote their own self­ish de­sires dis­ap­pear after elec­tions leav­ing peo­ple stranded. We are say­ing no to those peo­ple,” he said.

Cde Matutu con­grat­u­lated the ZANU-PF can­di­date, Cde Ku­dak­washe Dam­son, for win­ning the Ep­worth pri­mary elec­tions.

He said that Cde Dam­son had been cho­sen by the peo­ple hence he must make sure their griev­ances were at­tended to.

He con­cluded the ad­dress by urg­ing the youths in Ep­worth to form groups and en­gage in fish farm­ing.

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