EDITORIAL COMMENT: Politburo must invoke spirit of Team Zanu-PF

ZANU PF HQTHE governing party Zanu-PF today holds a crucial Politburo meeting. Our hope and the hopes of many Zimbabweans are that this meeting will settle, at least for as long as is possible, some drama which has long ceased to be funny.

To most well-meaning Zimbabweans, the internal fighting between some cadres has been cause for embarrassment.

Only those with nefarious, regime change agendas find these squabbles interesting.

They are having a field day, beating their chests about how they have been vindicated about the ‘alleged’ implosion.

Having no more opposition party to support or cheer on, they can only find consolation in prayers for the demise of Zanu-PF.

We cannot help but empathise with those in the Zanu-PF leadership who shoulder the responsibility to rein in errant cadres; those who must pronounce final resolutions of this Politburo meeting.

It is an onerous task.

Often it is easier when the leadership has to wield the whip to bring into line disorderly youths.

But we have in the current situation Politburo members who are also Cabinet colleagues openly attacking each other in all sorts of unorthodox media.

We have the same Politburo members openly disregarding the pleas of the Party President to avoid using social media to wash dirty linen in public.

This is not the Zanu-PF we know. Its a Zanu-PF which has abandoned its rules, where some individuals feel bigger than the party and therefore indispensable.

They see themselves as the untouchables whose individual views must prevail against everybody else, and damn the consequences.

They have betrayed the trust and faith the President vested in them as men and women of honour.

They, instead, have behaved, not as appointees but as elected on personal merits. They should therefore not expect any sympathy from us.

Zimbabwe is facing a myriad challenges, including the yoke of sanctions imposed on the country for its courageous decision to repossess land stolen during a long nightmare of colonial rule.

That war to restore the dignity of black people in Zimbabwe is far from over.

But more importantly, there is the struggle to empower those people who have been settled on the farms with resources and skills.

That is where we expect Government ministers to exhibit their skills and collective resourcefulness.

This year the sadc region in general and Zimbabwe in particular face a debilitating drought. It is estimated that up to three million people might require food assistance. We expect our ministers to be seized with this matter. The least we can say is that the nation is disappointed.

Zanu-PF won the 2013 harmonised elections on the strength of its empowerment policies, the bedrock of Zim-Asset.

That policy document is crying for implementation. It calls for the collective effort of all Zimbabweans led by Government ministers. That leadership has been missing as senior party members fought to position themselves as future kings.

At the risk of repeating ourselves over this matter, Zanu-PF must put its house in order. It is time to assure the people that the party is concerned about their welfare and that it is doing something to mitigate the effects of the El Nino-induced drought.

It is time the governing party demonstrated that it deserves to be re-elected to consolidate its black economic empowerment policies anchored on the land reform programme.

The internal fights for positions and supremacy have gone on for far too long.

They should come to an end so that all party efforts are directed towards productive activities in the spirit of Team Zanu-PF.

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  • TONDORI

    Mr Editor you dream big time.You can not douse this kind of hostilities over night.It will take a process of numerous engagements to whip all of them in line.

  • G.Hove

    If what is written in the press is true then these comrades are possessed with something else. They cannot behave like grade zero kids.

  • Tichayana

    Absolutely nothing illegal or nefarious over upholding democratic and constitutional rights by the majority of citizens who desire to replace this regime of corrupt and incompetent Zanu-PF Government, after they’ve destroyed the nation over more than three decades of misrule.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Mr Editor,in the national interest, may be, in future you can eschew giving space in your paper to leaders who get unwisely excited to behave in a manner that distracts our nation from necessary government efforts,such as ZIMASSET. All ministers,without exception, behaving like school boys to settle political scores in your pages should be disabused and barred from also abusing your paper in the same vein we are agreed no one should abuse the social media. Abuses are abuses, regardless of where they published. The recent sinking low of our whole two supposed to be respected ministers scandalizing each other to our ignominy, left an ugly scratch on our party ZANU PF, and Government. Freedom of the press to press anything newsworthy, should be tempered with one eye on the precious national interest also. What is newsworthy may not be in the national interest especially during our current economic war situation. As you correctly observed , our economy is under satanic sanctions siege,we want all our leaders to focus on matters pro bono povo Zimbabweano! Those not mentally lucid to contribute positively should be relieved of their national duty positions by he who appoints them ,when they disappoint national interest!

    • War Vet

      Wake up and smell the coffee. The govt has appealed for $1.5 billion in food to feed a starving population and ZanuPF is wasting time on luxury holidays and useless praise singing rallies. Where does ZanuPf get the time to focus on these silly cat fights instead of focusing on nation building? And you have the guts to demand UN reform when your own house in such a pathetic state. Sorry maningi.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        You are being silly. Where in my posting did I support what you are criticising? You must be a false war vet , may be Pfumo re Vanhu vet! Is Zim the only country in the region affected by drought conditions? Why should Zim leadership be mum at international fora? You are confused and misguided to celebrate our pathetic situation caused by sanctions as though it was caused by our government leadership . Shame on you stooge of the West!

    • Dr Sithole

      I like your sense of patriotism and loyalty to the Party, for that I commend you. However, you are skirting around the real issues. All these cat fights could have been managed well if there was transparency and genuine dialogue about succession surely these debates would have been well managed and in a fair manner…unlike now when he/she who has control over some lever uses it against another hoping to get the ultimate target…the Presidency. This is the harsh reality but the party is burying its head in the sand regarding leadership succession. All these factions appear to figh each other yet the actual pressure is meant for the party leader through proxy. Much as you lecture, and rightly so, about managing these fights etc, the central and common issue here is lack of transparency on succession. The day the party accepts that and deal with it, maybe these fights will become healthy.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    The majority of Zimbabwean citizens have voted for their government since 1980. In this case , they have voted for our party ZANU PF! Any corrupt elements in government should be eliminated. But its not the whole ZANU PF party that is corrupt. E.g. if Zuma is alleged to be corrupt in SA government , that does not mean all ANC leaders and members are corrupt. People vote on how they understand the facts and situation , not necessarily the barrage of of anti -ZANU PF propaganda as you are wrongly insinuating.

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      Unfortunately, the leadership of ZANU-PF is * to the core, from top to bottom

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Unfortunately you are just airing your worn out MDCT political propaganda. Stop it!

        • Gary WekuZviyambe

          For the umpteenth time, I am not and will never be MDCT. This is your standard response when you lack an intelligent argument. Labelling a fellow contributor MDC just shows that you concur with what they say but you are not brave enough to admit the mess in your own political party.

  • Jairosi

    What exactly are these people fighting for? Until the President admits that he is human like everyone else and he will step down on a given date plus appoint a successor then we will not see an end to this embarrassing spectacle.
    This is what we have been saying all along- ZanuPF should get its act together before trying to lecture the West and the world.

    • Ijaha LeManxeleni

      There are fighting to continue to lead first world lives when the people are suffering.Its who gets the next SUVs ,German sedans,farms and mines(DIAMONDS).It has nothing to do with creating jobs