Time for Zanu-PF to reorganise itself

Joice Mujuru

Joice Mujuru

Mukachana Hanyani Correspondent

It is a fact that Zanu-PF is still powerful but it should ensure that its electoral groundwork is solid to avoid the backlash which other revolutionary parties in the region faced some few years ago. In most instances some opposition political parties which were formed by disgruntled members of the ruling elite towards elections become threats to the ruling parties.

Recent reports by both the private and public media indicating that the People First project led by former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru has registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) as a political party should be a wake-up call for zanu-pf to ensure that it gets united and focus more on the total implementation of Zim-Asset.

The People First project, which is now known as Zimbabwe People First Party (ZPFP), is now reportedly to be on a drive to recruit its members from both the ruling party and opposition political parties.

So the coming in of the ZPFP into the political limelight is not good news to the ruling party considering that this new opposition political party is made up of mainly former Zanu-PF members who were fired after the December 2014 6th Zanu-PF People`s Congress.

Those people felt that they were not fairly treated when they were dismissed from the revolutionary party and they chose to form their political party as a means to challenge Zanu-PF in the 2018 harmonised elections. It is their belief that their dismissal from Zanu-PF was not procedural hence the move to form an opposition party to seek their innocence through the ballot.

History has shown that political parties formed by disgruntled former members of the ruling elite towards elections sometimes take ruling parties by surprise in general elections. Zanu-PF should make sure that it continues to be on the ground meeting the electorate and making sure that the 2013 harmonised elections promises are fulfilled in total.

Factional wars and divisions within the ruling party should cease and all members come together to prepare for the 2018 harmonised elections as a unit.

The formation of the ZPFP cannot be taken lightly considering that the 2018 harmonised elections are some few months away and the People First party may want to ride on the economic problems prevailing in the country. zanu-pf should be united and ensure that the factional wars that are threatening to destroy this revolutionary party are stopped forthwith, replacing them with the unity of purpose.

Current factional wars and dismissals of individuals in the party are not healthy as such a move can come to haunt the zanu-pf in the 2018 harmonised elections. Those dismissed from the ruling party allegedly end up finding themselves sheltered in this new ZPFP, making it appear as a saviour to those facing their political demise.

It is a fact that zanu-pf is still powerful but it should ensure that its electoral groundwork is solid to avoid the backlash which other revolutionary parties in the region faced some few years ago. In most instances some opposition political parties which were formed by disgruntled members of the ruling elite towards elections become threats to the ruling parties.

It should be known by the zanu-pf leadership that its dominance could be tested if those spearheading factional wars are not restricted. It has been discovered that some revolutionary parties which lost power in the region were removed by new political parties which were formed by disgruntled members of those ruling parties towards elections and zanu-pf may not be an exception if factional wars are not stopped.

Zimbabweans in general and zanu-pf in particular should recall that in 1994 Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which was led by Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, fell victim to Bakili Muluzi’s United Democratic Party (UDF) which was formed only two years earlier. Some former disgruntled members of the MCP who felt that they were sidelined by the leadership of MCP in many important issues decided to form the UDF and the results were seen in the defeat of the MCP in the 1994 general elections.

While some people would want to call this writer a prophet of doom those with zanu-pf at heart should take this writer seriously. In Zambia, the United National Independence Party (UNIP) led by Dr Kenneth Kaunda – in power for more than three decades – fell victim to the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in 1991, just a year after Frederick Chiluba formed his party to challenge UNIP.

UNIP, a revolutionary party like the MCP, has now disappeared from the political limelight because the then ruling elite failed to see the dangers associated with those new political parties. zanu-pf should take that as a lesson and create unity within the party before it becomes history like other revolutionary parties that failed to see the writing on the wall.

For that reason, zanu-pf should ensure that its house is in order to counter the emergence of People First. The ZPFP, being a party formed by disgruntled members from the ruling party, could come to surprise zanu-pf in the 2018 harmonised elections the same way UNIP and MCP were surprised by the MMD and UDF respectively in their countries.

Divisions within Zanu-PF could lead to the ZPFP harvesting more supporters from those disgruntled members from the ruling party.

It should also be known that the Kenyan African National Union (Kanu), which was then under Daniel Arap Moi after the death of its founding president Jomo Kenyatta, lost power to the coalition of some opposition political parties in 2002 as some disgruntled members of that revolutionary party parted ways with it and formed a myriad of opposition political parties

Mwai Kibaki, who headed the National Rainbow Coalition (NRC) in 2001, found himself the new Kenyan president after the 2002 elections, meaning that new political parties formed towards elections are always a threat to revolutionary parties. As such, zanu-pf should guard against that so that the ZPFP won’t replay what other new political parties did in the region.

Recently the Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) was advised by Cde Josiah Hungwe, the Politburo member from that province, to stop dismissing people from the party saying that doing so was campaigning for People First. Cde Hungwe`s advice to the Masvingo PCC should be heeded by all zanu-pf members across the country so that the ruling party is not defeated in the 2018 harmonised elections because of disunity.

Some people may fail to appreciate and understand the importance of such advice but those with the revolutionary party at heart should take that advice seriously and make the ruling party stronger again.

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  • Cde Mgagao

    A timely and important advice to our revolutionary party, ZANU PF.

  • masvukupete

    I do not understand something here? Why would it be so bad for the country if Zanu lost elections. The writer tries to give Malawi as an analogy but is Malawi worse off now than it was under Kamuzu’s party. It seems to me the writer wants to give an impression that Zimbabwe cannot exist without Zanu. Is Zambia worse off that Kaunda’s UNIP lost power to Chiluba. Did Zambia become extinct just because a party that was in power for 20 years had lost power. In fact Zambia and Zambians are better for it. To me it would actually seem as if countries do better if “revolutionary parties” are removed from power. I am still to find a country that has become extinct just because its “revolutionary party” had lost elections. There are some countries that have become fragmented yes but its people are still there and most are living better. Yugoslavia etc comes to mind, but its people are still living and much better too under different countries. Even if Zimbabwe becomes extinct it does not mean any gloom for its populace. Yes politicians will loose out big time if an entity called Zimbabwe becomes extinct but it citizens will absorbed well and good in the new set up which ever it will be. So the idea that people will stop to exist or Zimbabwe will be worse off if Zanu looses elections does not have a foundation at all. Contrary we have tried Zanu and it is not able to deliver why not try something else and see if there will not be a better Zimbabwe.

    • rukudzo

      The advise is to ZANU PF not to the country. It is about ZANU PF’s survival. The country issue is another that can be addressed at a different level. For now the writer is concerned that ZANU PF may actually loose in the next election….If bhora musango almost did it, another bhora musango for ZANU PF would be catastrophic. There is strength in unity….infact what is happening now is a lose lose situation… is it shaisano pa chi vanhu chedu? Shaisano means both protagonists will end up with nothing. Whether the demise of ZANU PF will be good for Zim is not what we are discussing. We want a win win situation in ZANU PF.

      • masvukupete

        But the country will most probably be better off if Zanu looses the next election. It may not be good for people who are in the feeding trough of Zimbabwe through Zanu’s governing incompetence but it will be better for ordinary povo if Zanu looses. It would make sense if Zanu’s survival will be good for the country however all odds show that Zimbabwe will be worse off if Zanu survives.

        Rukudzo my question then becomes. To whose benefit is it if Zanu wins the next election, its certainly not for the country as a whole.

        • rukudzo

          They have done some good things. True there are other areas they have fumbled. But by and large they have done some very good things for Zimbabwe.

  • Mqophiso W Sibanda

    G40 does not read such news because they are after harming the party.

  • Disaster

    A God given oratory gift does not feed the people. People want food, jobs and proper infrastructure and not pointless speeches. Zimbabweans should wake up and learn to be analytical when looking at the past 35 years. In 1980 our GDP per capita was about $US900, the same as that of China at that time. Today China’s GDP per capita is $US6 800 compared to our pathetic $US700. Look at the facts and give praise where it is due, criticism where it is warranted.
    And lastly, ZanuPF has not been a powerful party since 2002; why would a powerful party rig elections?