Women’s League scoffs at demo claims

Cde  Sandi Moyo

Cde Sandi Moyo

Bulawayo Bureau
The Zanu-PF Women’s League has dismissed claims that the revolutionary party’s wing was organising a demonstration against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa during today’s Politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

Media reports yesterday alleged that Zanu-PF National Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and some members of the Women’s League were busing in up to 10 000 people to demonstrate against Cde Mnangagwa as well as the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairman Cde Chris Mutsvangwa and Presidential spokesman Cde George Charamba to counter a threat by war veterans to bar Professor Jonathan Moyo from attending today’s Politburo meeting.

The war veterans have been critical of Prof Moyo, whom they accuse of attacking party officials on the social media platform Twitter.

Prof Moyo, meanwhile, has branded the war veterans’ leadership as “successionists” trying to stampede President Robert Mugabe out of power and replace him with Cde Mnangagwa, who insists he has no such ambitions.

Women’s League deputy secretary Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo yesterday said they had only invited their members to come in numbers to the Zanu-PF headquarters’ as they intended to congratulate President Mugabe on his recent appointment as rapporteur of the Africa Union Bureau for 2016.

She said they also wanted to express solidarity with the First Family following a recent attempt to bomb their dairy business in Mazowe. A man was jailed for nine years yesterday for his role in the bomb plot which was foiled by the police.

Cde Moyo implored party members to desist from commenting on Women’s League issues and stick to their portfolios. She also castigated some officials, whom she did not name, for fomenting confusion in the party.

“As the Women’s League, we’ll attend the Politburo to show our appreciation to President Mugabe for promoting women’s rights in his capacity as President of the country and chairman of the African Union (AU). We’re blessed to have him as our President because he has exhibited a strong passion for the welfare of women and children,” said Cde Moyo.

She added: “These [media] reports are therefore unfounded and they’re being peddled by people who have their own agendas.

“The problem we have is that men are hungry to rule and they can do anything. It’s unfortunate that when they fight, it’s the women who suffer under the circumstances. We’ve never commented on their programmes and they should therefore stop saying wrong things about the Women’s League. It’s not acceptable.”

She said the Women’s League will remain focused on the development of the party and country as well as the welfare of women and children.

“We want to give President Mugabe the support that he deserves and congratulate him for his achievements as AU chairman and his recent appointment as AU rapporteur. All AU members wanted him to continue in that position because they feared that another person might not push the agenda forward.

“Even the AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the President for his good work and thanked him for his excellent guidance. This shows that he has not only promoted development in Zimbabwe but in Africa and the rest of the world,” said Cde Moyo.

“We’re in solidarity with the First Lady after what happened at the dairy farm. I want to appeal to the security forces in the country to protect the First Family against such terrorism.”

Cde Kasukuwere described reports of a planned demonstration against any party members as “absolute nonsense”. He said the claims were a manifestation of “indiscipline” which will be discussed in the Politburo today.

“The Women’s League will celebrate the appointment of President Mugabe as rapporteur of the AU Bureau for 2016 and party members have been invited to be part of the celebrations. They’ll also show solidarity and condemn the attempt to bomb the First Family’s property,” Cde Kasukuwere said.

“These reports [of demonstrating against officials] are absolute nonsense. Unfortunately, there’s a creeping challenge of indiscipline in the party and we’ll deal with these issues tomorrow [today],” said Cde Kasukuwere.

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  • Tiriparwendo

    Now this is interesting. I like the non-violent communication by the women. Magnificent.

    • gutu chitovah

      where as war vets promised Jonso they were prepared for him

  • Suspicious

    Yes congratulations may be in order according to you women’s league, but its the timing that is suspicious. Why bring thousands of kongonya women to a crucial politibro meeting. This stinks, looks like the aim is to influence decisions there

  • Muchakundwa

    Let’s wait and see how peace will be maintained after the alleged G40 bus in thousands of unauthorised protesters. The Riot Police will be there to mete out all the violence necessary depending on whose factional orders they are forced to follow? Taken to the absurd, we may even witness factional groups of police being ordered to bash each other!

  • Joseph Maphosa

    There is too much talk of ‘President and first family’ by too many people in ZANU PF. Every time a ZANU PF leader from cell to Politburo opens his/her mouth to speak, especially to the media, it will be “President Mugabe this, President Mugabe that, or first family this”. I am convinced these people are pushing personal agendas. ZANU PF leaders must work for the party and country not for the President’s notice. They are abusing the name of the President and first family. The level of patronage and hero-worshiping in Zimbabwe is just too much. It must come to an end. I do not see it anywhere in the world. It happened in Malawi during the era of Kamuzu Banda and every one saw how the economy of Malawi deteriorated while MCP leaders were pre-occupied with hero-worshiping the President. The same is happening in Zimbabwe and must stop forthwith. Mugabe is the president of Zimbabwe and ZANU PF and we all know that. Even Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC know it. So no leader in ZANU PF or elsewhere should expend all their energy talking about what is obvious instead of focusing on arresting further economic decline. Enough!

  • jacktheswede

    So it turns out that this isnt a “plot” but just people celebrating their leader. So where does this put you then Herald after your screamer headline about a perceived plot.

  • magame

    Everyone else has chickened out to say they are not attending but the women have stood their ground. Pane pavakatsika. The herald went to the extent of telling us that bobs new post is a non event not worth celebrating.

  • Lady Commander, Cde Mbururu

    Kikikikikkiki. I was bored the whole morning and this note makes me laugh. Good day Cde.

  • Togarepi

    Well said

  • Mafira-kureva

    Herald live please i have a question. People have been bused from all G40 provinces in Zimbabwe to celebrate President Mugabe’s tenure as chair of the AU. Is there anything to celebrate because he ddnt change anything in AFRICA, there is still war in South sudan ,Somalia and DRC. Mybe you can shed more light on the significant developments elopements worthy celebrations or its the usual Zanu pf factionalism.

  • lovejoy

    ”Media reports yesterday alleged”, which media now? Why doesn’t the Herald say we?

  • muchaka

    saka nhai ndiudzeiwo vadikani Joyce akanyatsotadzei …ndibatsireiwo nekundipindura even hearald u can assist me …in view of the current happenings.

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Tibula watibula bhora rezvidhakwa