Nyore Madzianike Manicaland Bureau
Zanu-PF members in Manicaland have been warned against forming parallel structures as jostling for leadership positions in the party hots up ahead of a Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting in Mutare. Manicaland provincial chairman Cde Michael Madiro said he was dismayed by party members who had since started creating parallel structures within the province in their quest to win votes.
Cde Madiro, who is also Mutare North House of Assembly representative, told Zanu-PF members who attended an inter-district meeting held at Bazeley Bridge on Tuesday to wait until the party called for a meeting to elect new leaders.
He said internal squabbles caused by individuals’ desires to secure leadership positions cast a dark cloud on President Mnangagwa’s call to have servant leaders.
“After this meeting, I am going to give a report to the provincial leadership, that is, the Provincial Coordinating Committee where Politburo and executive members sit,” said Cde Madiro. “I am going to report on everything that you have told me.
“We will then map a way forward as leadership and set up structures. I hear there are some parallel district structures. Please stop all the fights I am hearing of over positions.”
Cde Madiro said they were looking forward to electing leaders in line with President Mnangagwa’s call for servant leadership.
He said as a party, they were not expecting to have corrupt leaders, but people with development in their minds.
“We must agree on how we should build our party,” he said. “Those who are going to take up leadership positions should be leaders as described by President Mnangagwa. “We are looking for servant leaders, not bosses.”
Cde Madiro said those in leadership positions should know their responsibilities, as well as the aims and objectives of the ruling party.
“The will of the people should come first and if you cannot do that then you are not a good leader,” he said. “You must have wisdom to lead people and if you are lacking in that regard, then you must seek wisdom and continue learning from others.”
Other Zanu- PF members who attended the meeting also called for the expulsion of party members who reportedly orchestrated “Bhora Musango” during the election period.
They said if such people were allowed to remain in the party they would cause more problems.
“We have a list of names of people who gave us problems during the election period and as youths we recommend that they be expelled from the party,” said Mutare North youth vice chairman Cde Phenias Mwandiringe. “We do not want people with double standards.”