George Maponga Masvingo Bureau
ZANU-PF has embarked on inter-district meetings in Masvingo to rejuvenate party structures across the seven administrative districts. The meetings are expected to come up with nominees for the party’s Central Committee ahead of the Extraordinary Congress next month. Masvingo provincial political commissar Cde Jappy Jaboon said the inter-district meetings would be held to reorganise party structures across the province.
“We are going to hold inter-district meetings starting with Chivi on Tuesday (yesterday) before moving to other districts because we want to make sure that the party structures are in place. We will also use the inter-district meetings to elect Central Committee members as we prepare for our Extraordinary Congress to be held in December,” he said.
ZANU-PF will choose new Central Committee members who will make up delegates to the Congress. Cde Jaboon, however, said all members accused of being members of the Lacoste faction that was working with VP Mnangagwa to undermine President Mugabe in Masvingo will not be considered for places in the Central Committee. They will also not be allowed to contest in primary elections to choose candidates who will represent the ruling party in next year’s harmonised elections. He also cautioned that the exercise to get rid of party rebels should not be conveniently used to settle personal scores.
“Those who fight against our President — who is the only one centre of power that we follow — should be dealt with accordingly, but let us also not be personal. We must not try to settle personal scores. We should be guided by rules of our party and act without fear or favour,” he said.
Cde Jaboon said the most important thing at the moment was for members to start the painstaking process of rebuilding the party after flushing out elements who were undermining President Mugabe. He said focus should now move to preparing the revolutionary party in Masvingo for next year’s elections by rallying people to back President Mugabe, who is the ruling party’s Presidential candidate for next year’s polls.
“We want our President to win resoundingly and let’s all rally our people to support President Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party so that we record an emphatic victory during next year’s polls,” he said.
ZANU-PF plans to retain all the 26 House of Assembly seats that it won in the last harmonised polls in 2013.