Party organs commend President’s call for unity

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter—
Zanu-PF organs and their affiliates yesterday acknowledged that President Mugabe was the sole centre of power in the revolutionary party and threw their weight behind his call for cadres to unite and bury differences for the good of the party and the country. President Mugabe, flanked by Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, last week addressed the media where he denounced factionalism and called for unity in the party.

Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the party took President’s Mugabe’s call for unity seriously. “We take the call by His Excellency very seriously. We welcome the address by the President. He has always called for unity and condemned factionalism, but of late people have not been listening and I hope they will listen this time around,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

“People should take heed of what the President said, they should toe the party line. President Mugabe is the sole centre of power and that is common knowledge. We have a party with rules and regulations, which we must adhere to. You cannot have your agenda.” Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association secretary-general Cde Victor Matemadanda said what the President said was consistent with what they expected.

“We expect discipline in all levels of the party from lowest structure right up to the Politburo. Even at rallies people should stick to the purpose for which the meeting was convened and not stray and start insulting and attacking other party members,” said Cde Matemadanda.

He said the Youth League and Women’s League were wings of the party, which did not decide party direction but should make recommendations for consideration and possible adoption. Cde Matemadanda said there was need for orientation on party ideologies on some party cadres.

He said they welcomed the observations made by President Mugabe regarding how the association leadership handled the proposed meeting last Thursday that eventually led to clashes between them and the police.

“We welcome what the President said including observations he made. He is our father, who are we to challenge observations that would have been made by a parent. We know that there are people bent on trying to divide our President and war veterans, we will not accept that,” he said.

Deputy Secretary for Women’s League Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo said they were fully behind President Mugabe, who is the First Secretary of the revolutionary party.

“We would want to thank the President for breaking his silence. People have been on the loose and the President had to put a stop to that. As the Women’s League, we want to see unity in the party as what the President has said. We are sick and tired of this successionist talk,” said Cde Sandi Moyo, who is also Provincial Affairs Minister for Bulawayo province.

“We are behind the President. All those other people must put their ambitions in their pockets and wait until the time is ripe. We will decide when the time comes but for now we will be behind President Mugabe and nobody else. We want discipline in the party and it has to be adhered to and we will be behind the President at any cost.”

Cde Sandi Moyo said even in the liberation struggle there were differences among people but what was important was to resolve them amicably. “During the liberation struggle we had differences but people should know how to channel them. We will not allow people to destroy the party made up of zanu and Zapu. Unity is very possible as long as people are guided by principles and policies,” she said.

Cde Sandi Moyo applauded President Mugabe for extending his apology to war veterans but rapped their leaders for misleading former freedom fighters. “People should not use grassroots structures to fight personal wars,” she said. Zanu-PF Secretary for the Youth League Cde Pupurai Togarepi said youths were guided by what the President said.

“In most instances the President speaks, he gives emphasis on unity. As youths we are always guided by what he says. There are no two ways about it other than to take heed because he is our leader. Whenever we have differences and contradictions, we have to quickly resolve them among ourselves and if we cannot we have to invite our leaders to help us resolve them,” said Cde Togarepi.

Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association secretary-general Cde Jabulani Mbetu echoed the same sentiments and paid tribute to the President for apologising to war veterans after they were teargassed by the police on Thursday in an aborted meeting.

“We are happy with the apology given by the President. Our only concern is why Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri would deploy the police to fellow comrades. It was a blunder which is quite unfortunate where war veterans are being attacked at the hands of your their Government,” said Cde Mbetu.

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  • Judas Iscariot

    The president has been preaching the same gospel of unity, for some years now,the result has been more disunity. Why should we expect different results now? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,and expecting different results.

  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    Was that not common-sense SK?Now sort our economy. Take it back where it was in the 1980s and we will call you true heroes.Anything else means you have betrayed the thousands who died for liberation

  • Mart

    Where is Zimbabwe heading to?

  • sambiri

    Walk the talk since 1980 calling for unity and employment opportunities and nothing has materialised yet.

  • Matoenda

    Decades of Presidential rhetoric calling for Zanu-PF unity, belies the obvious fact of a consistent strategy to pit one ambitious faction against another in order for the President to remain the sole uncontested pole of power. In some respects the President’s early years to boost education for all has backfired, enabling virtually every intelligent Zimbabwean capable of analysing his transparent attempts to desperately hold on to power “Until God call him” in defiance of the will of the people.

  • ThaDoggPound

    I hope our revolutionary comrades in Zanupf know that the phrase they use to describe their leader: “sole centre of power” is the perfect description for the word DICTATOR, and they should not cry foul when observers describe him as such.

  • Harare

    we want a better life for all not a life president

  • Osama Bin Drinking

    they consistantly say “people” which people? are they supposed to address the pwople or the factionalists?

  • Phillip Munyaradzi

    By the look of things it looks too late for unity! We not sure who is calling the shots in Zim? There could already have been a regime change, and we not aware!

  • Nyamasvisva

    Hahahahah SK Moyo – why do you commend someone for doing things you never attempt to or are too scared to encourage him to do? What is this? If the president for example says no more demolitions , you will applaud him ? I remember when he got us all our utility bills balances cancelled , you applauded him. So you and Sandi when the President was silent what was going on in your minds? If the silence bothered you could we say for the period he was silent you were “uncommending ” him ? So when the President’s lieutenants also adopt a wait and see attitude like the rest of us, what separates us from you if not the befitting “minions” status you so jealously possess. I refuse that all the problems we have in Zim are thanks to HE- its clearly a collective result of your kind.