Felex Share Herald Reporter
ZANU-PF members jostling for Central Committee positions ahead of the 6th National People’s Congress might be wasting their time as the party is yet to come up with guidelines on the selection process.
The revolutionary party is set to hold its elective congress in December, with all posts up for grabs.
This has seen members jostling for positions, with some allegedly using money and intimidatory tactics to grab the posts.
However, others will end up falling by the wayside if they fail to meet the selection criteria.
Vote-buying marred last month’s Youths and Women’s League conferences, with party bigwigs accused of using their financial muscle to influence results.
Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Rugare Gumbo warned party members against electioneering for positions as preparations for the congress gather momentum.
He issued another gag order barring party members from issuing “unsanctioned” statements to the media.
Cde Gumbo said guidelines for the election of Central Committee members were yet to be finalised and approved.
“All party members are therefore advised to desist from electioneering or allocating posts in any form whatsoever,” he said.
“Any member of the party who will breach this directive will face stern disciplinary action. Our party is a revolutionary party whose members are guided by its constitution and every member should abide by the provisions of the party constitution and directives that are issued from time to time by the Central Committee and implemented through its administrative organ, the Politburo.”
Cde Gumbo said the issuance of unsanctioned statements by party members was a serious breach of party protocol and procedure.
“The issuance of unsanctioned statements from unauthorised people within the party should cease forthwith,” he said.
“Publicity of the policies and activities of the party are directed, controlled, supervised and co-ordinated by Cde Rugare Gumbo, secretary for information and publicity in the Politburo at national, provincial, district and branch levels.”
Turning to preparations for the congress, Cde Gumbo said the national co-ordinating committee, chaired by national chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, held its first meeting on Wednesday.
The committee supervises, co-ordinates and guides the work of various sub-committees in preparing for the congress.
Eight sub-committees have been established and will be chaired by Cdes Didymus Mutasa (finance), Webster Shamu (organising), Sydney Sekeramayi (security and accreditation), Rugare Gumbo (information), Nicholas Goche (transport and welfare), Emmerson Mnangagwa (legal and documentation), David Parirenyatwa (health) and Sikhanyiso Ndlovu (entertainment).
Said Cde Gumbo: “The national chairman outlined clearly the sub-committees terms of references and called on them to make adequate preparations for the successful holding of the congress.”
Unity, Cde Gumbo said, was key to the successful implementation of national programmes.
“Political stability, peace, order, social and economic development can only be achieved under conditions of national unity bound by a high level of discipline, which is a hallmark of our revolutionary party,” he said.