Zanu-PF supporters in Harare yesterday staged a demonstration against Politburo member Cde Tendai Savanhu and three other officials and blocked them from submitting their applications for Central Committee positions.
Cdes Savanhu, Noah Mangondo, Boniface Banda and Charles Karoro were accused of fanning factionalism and divisions in the province.
The party supporters who were waving placards described the quartet as warlords planted by Vice President Joice Mujuru to destroy Zanu-PF in Harare.
As such, they said the four were unfit to submit applications for Central Committee positions.
Addressing the supporters, Zanu-PF Harare provincial Youth League chair Cde Godwin Gomwe said the province upheld the decision by party supporters to block the four from applying for Central Committee positions.
“Harare province is not for Mai Mujuru,” he said. “You said Cdes Savanhu, Karoro and Mangondo are no longer fit to lead you and we are going to take that message to President Mugabe because he is the leader of Zanu-PF.”
Cde Gomwe urged other party members who were being misled to repent before the Congress.
Harare provincial commissar Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe was cheered by the crowd when he chanted the popular slogan “Pasi neGamatox, Pasi naMai Mujuru.”
Cde Mashayamombe said he was fully behind President Mugabe and the First Lady.
“As your political commissar in Harare province we say no to anyone who wants to rebel against President Mugabe and the First Lady,” he said.
“We are going to write a letter to the Politburo telling them that in Harare, Zanu-PF has rejected the divisive leadership of Gamatox.” By last night the province was still vetting applications for Central Committee positions that would be submitted to the Politburo today.
Accreditation for delegates for the forthcoming 6th National People’s Congress continued yesterday in Mashonaland Central without any reports of disagreements.
Acting Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central chairperson Cde Wonder Mashange said the process had gone smoothly in all the districts except for a few districts that will be completed today.
“There were no hiccups at all, people in this province are now geared up for the provincial inter-district conference that will receive names for central committee applications,” said Cde Mashange.
The process was yet to start in Mashonaland East yesterday where acting chairperson, Cde Phineas Chihota said the province held a meeting on the matter coordinated by senior Politburo member Cde Sydney Sekeramayi.
“We are going to carry out accreditation on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We were also trying to arrange inter district meetings so that members understand the whole process,” said Cde Chihota.
In Mashonaland West, the acting chairperson Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said the accreditation process was marred by the machinations of some members of the commissariat who wanted to accredit their own people instead of those in the structures of the party. He said the province had written to Cde Ignatius Chombo who is co-ordinating the process to review of all those that had been accredited.
“We feel that some of the people who were accredited don’t deserve to attend the congress because we don’t even know them while a lot of members were denied accreditation,” said Cde Ziyambi.
Zanu-PF Zvimba district conducted it’s inter district conference yesterday to nominate central committee members.
“The members were all nominated unopposed and they are Dr Ignatius Chombo, Cde Patrick Zhuwao, Cde Joseph Chirongoma, Cde Walter Chidhakwa and Cde Virgina Muchenje, while the Women’s League chose Cde Junior Muvi for the women’s quarter,” said Cde Ziyambi.
Cde Ziyambi said they made resolutions that they wanted the Zanu-PF constitution to be amended and aligned with the Unity Accord which stipulates that the President of the Party will appoint his deputies and the national chairman.
He said this would do away with factionalism within the party. Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said they had also set up committees into look into various issues such as agriculture and state of the party, among others. He said they would hold their provincial congress in Chinhoyi tomorrow.
In Masvingo, the provincial elections directorate received CVs from candidates eyeing posts in the ruling party’s Central Committee across the province’s seven districts with most heavyweights successfully submitting their papers.
The heavyweights will slug it out with minnows for the 23 Central Committee posts that will be on the table when elections kick off in the province next Wednesday.
Masvingo was allocated 32 Central Committee seats with four of them having already been filled by two nominees each from the Women and Youth Leagues.
Notable people who successfully submitted their names were Cdes Josaya Hungwe, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Walter Mzembi. Midlands provinces successfully conducted its elections last week, while the remaining provinces were expected to submit their names soon.