Governing: People the only arbiters

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe and Innocent Ruwende
Any political party seeking to govern Zimbabwe should draw its mandate from the people through the ballot box, as no such entity has the divine right to rule despite its rich past history, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

President Mnangagwa was chosen by the Zanu-PF Central Committee, according to the country’s Constitution, to complete former President Robert Mugabe’s term after he resigned from the post last month.

In tandem with the vision of drawing the mandate from the people as pronounced by President Mnangagwa, the Zanu-PF commissariat department has since crafted a plan-of-action directed towards active preparations for 2018 harmonised elections, in which the party intends to woe five million voters.

Closing the Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress that endorsed him as the revolutionary party’s Presidential candidate for next year’s harmonised elections, President Mnangagwa assured the nation that the polls would be free, fair and credible.

“As we approach the 2018 harmonised elections, let me reiterate that these will be credible, free and fair,” he said. “We must always be mindful that no party, however rich its past, has a divine right to govern. That is something we must earn at the ballot box. As such, the party must invigorate its structures, organise, mobilise and rigorously ensure that all its members are registered voters. If we do this, we are sure to renew the sacred trust that exists between Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwean people, and we will prevail in the 2018 elections. In the next few months, we will be informing you the concrete plans with regard to these elections.”

To win next year’s polls, President Mnangagwa said, Zanu-PF should show practical action towards economic recovery anchored on sound political policies. He said the party should also pioneer women projects and embrace the youths in its structures to ensure continuity.

“We have a crucial year ahead of us, with two main goals,” he said. “We must gain the support and trust of the Zimbabwean people in the 2018 harmonised elections, so that they elect us to lead them for another five years. And we must resurrect the economy, delivering real gains for each and every citizen of this great nation. These two tasks are interconnected. We will only win at the ballot box if we can show signs that we are reviving our economy; and at the same time, we will only be able to make real economic gains if we can secure re-election. Therefore, I see these two domains, the political and the economic, as equally significant for our future. Hence, the party must be about politics and economics.”

The plan-of-action for the 2018 harmonised elections drawn by Zanu-PF’s commissariat department includes mobilisation programmes from the Women’s League, Youth League, war veterans, war collaborators and ex-political detainees and restrictees.

It has already been adopted by the party’s Politburo.

According to the party’s Central Committee Report to the 2017 Special Extraordinary Congress last week, the adoption of the annual plan resulted in the “Dandemutande/Uhlelolobulwembu” and the “Musangano kumaCell” themes which shaped the 2017 programmes leading to 2018 elections.

“The party has a strong followership that has to be sustained, particularly in light of the impending harmonised elections,” reads the Central Committee report. “The department’s focus for 2017 was to mobilise and register voters for a resounding win in 2018.

“The “Dandemutande/Uhlelolobulwembu concept seeks to link every member of the party to a defined cell. The ultimate goal is to create party cells around the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission designated polling station specific voter registration and voting centres.”

This, the report indicated, would enable the party to establish its membership, which enhances its chances of election victory.

The department said it held fortnightly meetings with party provincial chairpersons, provincial political commissars, and representatives from women, youth, war veterans, war collaborators and ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees, which provided a platform to gather information and get feedback on important issues facing the party.

“The department commissariat) been implementing mobilisation strategies in urban centres, especially in Harare and Bulawayo,” reads the report. “It collaborated with Government ministries responsible for service delivery in urban areas namely, health, refuse collection, delivery of portable water, energy, employment creation, small and medium businesses, as well as local government to address service challenges in the urban areas.”

For the 2018 harmonised election, commissariat department said it was targeting to mobilise five million members to vote for the party.

It said special messages on voter education and voter registration continued to be packaged and sent out by senior party members who were periodically deployed to provinces since the mid-year inter district conference in August.

Addressing the Extraordinary Congress, President Mnangagwa said: “On the political front, we must all acknowledge that we inhabit a rapidly changing world, and our success will be dependent on how well we adapt. Almost half of all Zimbabweans were born in this millennia, and over three quarters have been born since independence. These young people have different expectations, and their skill set and technological know-how is completely different to those born even a decade before. They also have different experiences. The frame of reference for this generation are the economic struggles of the past decade, we must also listen to them. We must hear their hopes and fears. Our youths want to know how we will create jobs and opportunities for them. We must provide them with answers, rooted in the future.”

He continued: “Meanwhile, more effort must be put towards policy interventions which deliberately empower women with sustainable business opportunities. The Women’s League, during its mobilisation activities must keep its membership abreast with regards business possibilities, across all the economic sectors. The party will harness the collective experience from those fraternal parties who assisted us during our war of liberation and steadfastly supported us in the post independence of our country. To this end, we will see intensified and more coordinated approach to ideological training under the auspices of the Chitepo Ideological College.”

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    As long as you go around wearing a jacket with your picture on it how are you different from that other guy? Your policies are the same your cabinet the same recycled deadwood. Your backers are supposed to be national leaders yet they are busy accepting positions in the party. You guys are clueless

  • SlackJawedYokel

    If we vote otherwise, will you be ready to accept the results?

    • Callen

      My worry is the systems ability to stretch the meaning of free fair and credible !

    • Garwe

      the question is if the results come back against what you voted for will you also accept the results? Problem in Zimbabwe is right now MDC A to Z are globe trotting around the world seeking to maintain sanctions on Zimbabwe just in case ED starts to build a strong economy and people start appreciating his policy. All this apparently until “free election” which for them mean they are the winners. If that’s not rigging elections I don’t know what is. It’s like saying to someone I can run faster than you but before the race start you ask that they be tied down until they I win the race

      • Kuta Kinte

        I tend to agree with you Garwe because the so called leveling of the political playing field is not done only during the penultimate election moments but also and more importantly, in periods well before the elections like now. When MDCs are engaging some influential western powers, saying whatever is in their bag, Zimbabwe should also know that this constitutes serious unlevelling of the same political playing field. In short, Zimbabweans should watch all actions done by political parties (and not to watch only one party) and see how much each party is leveling that political playing field. Inviting sanctions when even those western nations had promised to work with Zimbabwe under this new era, is a serious violation to the playing field and a very unfair act to the majority of the suffering Zimbabweans. .

    • musayigwa

      You know the answer.

  • Presley Musarurwa

    ED…i never supported your party…but you can be a truly good option…whoever is advising you…it surely is not Mutsvangwa.

  • Chamunorwa

    People can only be real and effective arbiters if the conditions for democratic participation are ideal, the media is accessible to all and the elections are credible.

    • Kuta Kinte

      People will also be real arbiters if their hope of an improved economy is not jeopardised by asking for more sanctions, at a time when we thought life in general was picking an improved trajectory.

      • succuba

        Who asked for “more sanctions”… you are a liar.

        • Kuta Kinte

          You are back again with your usual colours. You used to say there is nothing called sanctions on Zimbabwe. Last week you confirmed that sanctions were only targeting a few individuals and now you want to pretend like you do not know who “cried” and begged for more sanctions.

          • succuba

            So who asked for more sanctions?


            You tell lies KK… shame

  • Mimi

    @Moe_Scyslack2, I 2nd the motion that Cde E D Mnangagwa should discourage this wearing of party regalia emblazoned with his head forthwith. A Zimbabwe Ruins; Zimbabwe bird; the flower emlazoned regalia would be more appropriate. Izvi zvemisoro yemaindividuals no matter who they are ngazvipere. Infact even a one colour attire is by far better.

    • rukudzo

      I also second the motion.We need regalia that can be used even after leaders have changed.

    • Yowe zvangu

      zve regalia zvinebsa rei..wats wrong with that??motovengera munhu izvozvo??makashotawo imi

  • Yowe zvangu

    nomatter wat u idiots can say, ED is a God chosen leader who has been chosen by God him self to put us in Canaan…he will win even if zuva rikabuda nekuchamhembe rakanaga kumabvazuva..all MDCs never dream abt ruling this nation,,,nxaaa idiots,,munoda kutitadzisa budiriro yedu imi bcoz hamuzive,,,masuscum aya..nxaaa

    u don even think of masantions amurikukonzeresa kut nyika ikuvare nenhamo just bcoz moda kufixer ruzhinji rweZimbabwe kut rugokuvhoterai..whom are u causing the sufferings,the Zim majority or ED????muchitiurayisa imimi vana Tsvangirai nevanhu vako..manje hamufi makatonga..wat pple don kno is the clueless of this MDC party..madofo evanhu…nonsense..munotinyangadza imi..manje Mwari achatisunungura neumwe mutoo through ED..nonsense

    • Mela

      i dont understand people who think a leader is god chosen. where is the evidence he is god chosen? This is when people start idolising people of power.

  • Pastor Farie


    • Kuta Kinte

      Prices, prices, prices. Why such a sudden increase when we thought everything was picking a better direction? Yes the president was clear in his position about and against price increases but more effort is required in stopping this form of corruption in the name of price increases.

    • Yowe zvangu

      tisu tinongozvikaurisa need yekukwidzirana zvinhu..watinombo fixer wacho ndian

  • shasha

    Some people closer to the President could have read this. This Pasi lo what what should end. Infact the government should criminalise this slogan whether done by zanu or mdc. Mnangagwa’s children are educated and i think they will swiftly bring this to their father’s attention so that he will leave a legacy. If Mnangagwa goes live on TV and condemns this slogan he will swiftly win thousands of votes including mine. In fact this could be a very effective and boodless campaign strategy. Thousands of people are prepared to vote for this guy but he must come out clean on the use or threat of violence

  • M’baleka

    ED truly you have come a long way in a short time. Your policies are very good and better than we expected to get after RGM. However for someone who says the Voice of the People is the voice of God and seeks to be President, you need to realize that wearing regalia with your image is ‘silly’ (with all due respect). It is very partisan, almost. Please ‘Stop it” We never saw ZANU PF as real candidate for 2018, but you are slowly changing that perception, but to win our vote, we need real Zimbabwean spirit. One that is diff from Mugabe. Depart of Mugabe’s ways. This is a chance for you to even do better than RGM its all in your court. But we expect nothing short of our constitutional right to free and fair elections, thriving economy, jobs and functioning health and education system. Non corrupt Public Enterprises and even private sector. Chikumbiro changuwo hangu chiri personal, please stop ‘political prostitute’ and even supporters to make you a ‘god’ by wearing regalia with your face. Same people will leave you when change comes, bcoz it will. Vanhu ngatibatane as ma zimbabweans

    • succuba

      People walking around with pictures of themselves emblazoned on their attire smacks of megalomania.

    • Yowe zvangu

      u pple are crazy,wearing a regalia with our president isnt bad…hakuna here hembe dzeMDC dzina tsvangirai zvamunodaro..even if tsvangirai kana chamisa akanzi ave president nhasi unouyu hembe dzine mifananidzo yake tinongoona wats your hoihoi all abt???/ngatikure

      • Mela

        why do we need to idolise leaders who are chosen to serve and not be our masters. thats why its a silly idea which politicians need to get out off. It is a very vain too.

  • Kuta Kinte

    While the issue of leveling the playing field is coming to be a chorus, let also be mindful that we are not supposed to watch one party only as the only player in the so-called leveling of the playing field. Actions like going to invite for more evil sanctions from western superpowers, even at a time like this current one when there a visible ray of economic recovery hope, is in itself an act of grossly not leveling the political playing field.

    • succuba

      You are a recidivist liar.

      • Kuta Kinte

        A traitor is the worst liar.

        • succuba

          So you didn’t defend your lies then… why would that be… kikikiik

  • Kuta Kinte

    Of course this cannot make sense to you as you have been configuered to a certain position. All I want you and all to know is that going to ask for more sanctions is one effective way of not leveling the political playing field despite how you view that rhetoric of sanctions.

  • Kuta Kinte

    Judging from your response, the message against your insidious actions has been heard.

  • Yowe zvangu

    lets forget abt the past..past events nevr contribute to the future..lets have a current solution to our problems..where are we going and wat can we do in this new era..and from this point ED has made it clear to the nation through all the reforms which he announced to us and this include the removal of sanctions agnst ZIm,invitation of all nations willing to invest in this country..but how then can we move forward whilist athas are busy kuti masanctions asabviswe tisuffer

  • Mimi

    @ Yowee zvangu, surprisingly I personally don’t not hate/despise the President. Infact he himself is discouraging Zimbabweans from idiolising him, if you can read his announcements. I’m just expressing progressive criticism. Wonder who sew that shirt because it’s totally unlike E D’s character. What’s good we applaud but open mistakes should never be tolerated.