Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mobilize Support for President Mugabe, Says ZANU-PF Chairman Moyo

Mobilise support for President: Moyo

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00
Lloyd Gumbo Herald Reporter

Zanu-PF officials should mobilise support to vote for President Mugabe and ensure a resounding victory to preserve his legacy, party national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo has said.

He made the remarks while addressing party structures in Mashonaland East, which the probe team visited yesterday, as part of a provincial tour to check on the state of preparedness ahead of the harmonised elections.

“This is a do or die election,” said Cde Khaya Moyo who leads the team.

“Any mistake at the elections will endanger all of us. We must know that if we don’t cross the river together some of us will drown.

“It is the President’s legacy that is at stake in this coming election, the revolutionary party and the future. If we decide to squander that then let’s go and sleep. If we are ready to defend the legacy of the President then let’s stop sleeping.”

For the party to achieve this, Cde Khaya Moyo said, party structures were expected to avoid four things.

“These things are factionalism. If it exists here please stop it forthwith. The other thing is corruption particularly among those with money. We don’t want cadres who bribe people. If you have money bring it to the party office where it will be receipted.

“Let’s also avoid imposition of candidates. If the people have chosen the person they want to represent them, let it be. The President has made it clear that people are not clothes or goats that can be bought.”

Other members of the committee who attended yesterday’s meeting are secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa, national commissar Cde Webster Shamu and secretary for Security Cde Sydney Sekeramayi.

Speaking to the media after the closed door meeting, Cde Khaya Moyo hailed the Mashonaland East provincial leadership for strengthening party structures ahead of the polls.

“The meeting was robust indeed and the leadership in Mashonaland East showed total unity of purpose. We are impressed with the progress they have made in the province.

One significant thing we have picked in this province is that there is no factionalism.

“We are, however, aware of the challenges they are facing in voter registration. But generally we leave this place happy because of what we have experienced. We are poised for a thunderous victory in this province in the coming elections,” he said.

Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde bemoaned indiscipline by some officials ahead of the harmonised elections.

“We want discipline in the party. Some people are rushing to campaign before the rules and regulations have been made public.

“We are afraid that if those people are disqualified, they will influence our people against voting for the qualifying cadre.

“Some people here are not respecting the party rules anymore but we will deal with indiscipline as a province. Some people are rushing to campaign and we are worried by this zeal,” said Cde Kaukonde.

He hailed the team for touring all provinces to check on the state of preparedness saying Zanu-PF lost some seats in the 2008 elections because a similar exercise had not been carried out.

The team is scheduled to visit the Midlands today, Matabeleland North tomorrow before rounding up with Matabeleland South on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Zanu-PF Legal Committee and the Women’s League are expected to have finalised by next week a common position on rules and regulations to guide the party’s primary elections following a proposal that female candidates exclusively contest each other.

Party spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo yesterday said a Politburo that had initially been pencilled for yesterday would probably be held next week to deal with the matters.

“The meeting (Politburo) will probably be held next week when the President has returned from his trip.

“However, the Legal Committee and Women’s League are still finalising their position papers. The manifesto that I am crafting will be finalised at the same meeting,” Cde Gumbo said.

The conclusion of the matters would lead to the pronouncement of dates for the primary elections.

Zanu-PF has since warned prospective candidates against campaigning before the rules and regulations are finalised as they could waste their resources and then realise that they do not qualify under the conditions of the guidelines.

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