ZANU PF warns against campaigning
By Tapiwa Chawagarira
THE ZANU PF Masvingo Provincial Chairman, Robson Mavhenyengwa, has
warned party members aspiring for positions in the forthcoming elections not to
jump the gun.
Speaking during the 7th National Congress feedback symposium held at
Tshovani Stadium in Chiredzi recently, Mavhenyengwa said as a party the
priority for the time being was on campaigning for President Emmerson
The feedback symposium, which is also part of a campaign that seeks to garner
more than 5 million votes for the ruling party in the 2023 general elections, was
attended by more than 5 000 supporters. It emphasised on upholding peace and
unity over factionalism.
“The Masvingo Province, before the congress, endorsed the candidature of
President Emmerson Mnangagwa becoming the first province to do so and
during the Congress, the nation as a whole put their weight on the able and
servant leader, ED to lead the nation for another term,” he said.
“The only candidate there's to be campaigned for is President Mnangagwa, and
I urge those who are already into campaigning for posts on the sidelines to stop
doing so as they will face consequences.”
Mavhenyengwa urged all districts in the province to uphold unity and shun
factionalism and heed the President’s call.
The Deputy Minister for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Lovermore
Matuke, who is also the Secretary for Security in the party urged the people to
put developmental agendas on the top rather than politics.
“At the just-ended National Congress the ZANU PF members endorsed His
Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as the sole candidate ahead of
2023 general elections. It's no longer time for politics but rather for
development as the New Dispensation is focusing more on national building,
hence development is a priority.
“Recently the Politburo outlined that those who are already campaigning for
posts before the stipulated time set by the Party are to face consequences with
stiffer penalties ranging from suspension to expulsion as disciplinary actions.
President Mnangagwa is the one being campaigned for as we are aiming for the
above 5 million set target,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Matuke assured the district that the nation had a
surplus of wheat that covers consumption for the next 13 months and that
President Emmerson Mnangagwa had assured the electorate that
Pfumvudza/Intwasa farming inputs were coming and that no place and no one
shall be left behind.
He said the President had pledged to assist vulnerable school children through
Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM), which will cater for school and
examination fees, hence no child should stay at home during school days
because they are unable to afford school fees.
The event, which was attended by 18 of the Masvingo Province Central
Committee members were hosted by legislator Farai Musikavanhu, the Chiredzi
West Constituency Member of Parliament and ZANU PF Central Committee