Zanu-PF Women’s League en­dorses ED

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Daniel Ne­mukuyu Se­nior Re­porter

THE ZANU-PF Women’s League yesterday en­dorsed Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa as the party’s sole can­di­date for the 2023 pres­i­den­tial poll, de­scrib­ing him as a cham­pion for women em­pow­er­ment ahead of the rul­ing party’s Peo­ple’s Na­tional An­nual Con­fer­ence slated for Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince next week.

The party’s Youth League and the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) have also en­dorsed Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s can­di­da­ture for the 2023 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as has al­most ev­ery prov­ince.

The league’s na­tional assem­bly mem­bers hailed the Pres­i­dent for al­lo­cat­ing 30 per­cent of Cab­i­net posts to women, de­spite only a small num­ber of them man­ag­ing to make it to Par­lia­ment in the July 30 har­monised elec­tions.

Ad­dress­ing the Women’s League na­tional assem­bly meet­ing in Harare yesterday, the league’s sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Mon­ica Mutsvangwa an­nounced the de­ci­sion to en­dorse Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s can­di­da­ture, among a host of other res­o­lu­tions.

The women also de­plored the chaotic pri­mary elec­tions in the party ear­lier this year, like the im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates.

Cde Mutsvangwa said women were con­fi­dent Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to duty would turn around the econ­omy and bring an im­proved stan­dard of liv­ing.

“Women’s League sup­ports the Pres­i­dent and First Sec­re­tary of Zanu-PF Cde ED Mnana­gawa’s lead­er­ship and there­fore en­dorses him as the sole can­di­date for the 2023 elec­tion,” she said.

Cde Mutsvangwa said Pres­i­dent Mna­gagwa was a ser­vant leader ded­i­cated to duty.

“Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa ar­rives at work around 7.45am ev­ery­day and leaves of­fice at 9pm. That is a sign of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to duty,” she said.

The en­dorse­ment, Cde Mutsvangwa said, was unan­i­mously made af­ter con­sul­ta­tions with all the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces.

Ad­dress­ing the same gath­er­ing, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa promised to re­store san­ity in the next pri­mary elec­tions, say­ing the im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates was now a thing of the past.

“When we held our pri­mary elec­tions this year, there were a lot of er­rors and problems. Those who were not strong enough could have been af­fected to the ex­tent of quit­ting the party. You did not.

“Since you have the party at heart, you pro­ceeded to vote for those im­posed can­di­dates al­though you were un­happy with the im­po­si­tion,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent said some chal­lenges oc­curred be­cause the com­mis­sariat had a new leader who was still learn­ing.

He said Cde En­gel­bert Rugeje was now an ex­pe­ri­enced com­mis­sar and that the mis­takes would not be re­peated.

The Pres­i­dent said the chief cul­prits in the im­po­si­tion scan­dal were the party lead­er­ship.

“I do not think the ju­niors have the ca­pac­ity to im­pose the se­niors to po­si­tions, but in­stead, it is the se­niors who can en­dorse peo­ple.

“We are to­tally against im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates. That will never hap­pen again. The peo­ple’s choice must be re­spected. If peo­ple choose the leader they want and you take them for fools and im­pose the one that you want, you end up be­ing the real fool,” he said.

Sec­re­tary for Women’s Af­fairs Cde Ma­bel Chi­nomona de­scribed Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa as the cham­pion of women’s em­pow­er­ment.

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