Harare (New Ziana) – The 7th Zanu PF national people’s congress on Friday unanimously elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa for another term of office at the helm of the ruling party and as its sole Presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
Announcing the decision at the end of the congress’s first day last night, Zanu PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said: “I therefore declare that Comrade Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly elected as the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF and the sole candidate for the 2023 harmonised elections.”
Accepting the election, President Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to the party for keeping faith in his leadership.
“Allow me to express my profound gratitude to you all my fellow comrades in Zanu PF who are gathered here at the 7th National People’s Congress and the generality of the membership from across our mass party for unanimously electing me as the President and First Secretary of the revolutionary party Zanu PF.
“May I further humbly acknowledge and accept the nomination by this august congress of the revolutionary party Zanu PF as the sole candidate for presidential elections next year,” he said.
“I humbly accept. The election further emboldens and rekindles my commitment to servant leadership and selfless sacrifice to the party and country.”
Congratulating President Mnangagwa, Zanu PF Vice President and Second Secretary Constantino Chiwenga re-affirmed his loyalty to the President.
“Allow me at this moment to re-confirm and renew pledges of support to you. I am taking this opportunity to endorse and pledge my total support to you and express undivided loyalty of the entire party membership to you,” he said.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure that you and our party win resoundingly. Our record of winning elections is evident since 1980. With our structures now in place I can assure you Shumba (Lion) Murambwi (President Mnangagwa’s totem) that Zanu PF is an unstoppable force that will sweep to total victory come 2023.”
Adding on, Zanu PF Vice President and Second Secretary Kembo Mohadi also affirmed his allegiance.
“I am your disciple and you do not have to ask for my support, it is guaranteed,” he said.
“We did not do so (re-elect President Mnangagwa) because we pretend, we did so because it is true, you deserve it, for the record, you deserve it and you have earned it and we have given it to you.”
The two-day congress, which is being attended by over 3 500 delegates, is running under the theme “Building a prosperous Zimbabwe leaving no one and no place behind.”