By Archford Chirimudombo
MARONDERA- As the country gears to hold the 2023 general elections, political flip-
floppers will not be tolerated in Zanu PF which is targeting a resounding victory in the
August 23 plebiscite.
The party’s national deputy political commissar Cde Omega Hungwe reiterated this
when she addressed a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting at the
party’s provincial headquarters in Marondera on Sunday.
Cde Hungwe’s remarks came at a time there were reports of members who are
mulling Bhora Musango after losing out in the party’s primary elections.
She said: “We must all have the best interests of Zanu PF at heart as we take the
party forward. The issue of flip-floppers who are thinking of spoiling the party by
leading their followers astray will not be taken lightly and those who will be found on
the wrong side of the fence will be dismissed from the party. Losing primary elections
does not give you the right to oppose the outcome. This is what it is.
“President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa always reminds us that the primary elections
are just an internal process to select deserving candidates who can become
legislators. In a nutshell, there are no winners or losers. If you lost in the primary
elections, rally behind the winners. No one owns the people. Hapana munhu ane
munhu. All Zanu PF members belongs to Zanu PF.”
She challenged those who will represent the party in the harmonised polls to
vigorously campaign for President Mnangagwa.
“As you campaign in your constituencies, you must also campaign for President
Mnangagwa. We don’t want to see a scenario whereby a Member of Parliament
candidate will garner votes that are more than those of our leader. You must also
work closely with the aspiring councilors in your constituency and embrace every
member of the party including your adversaries, real or imagined,” she stated.
Youths were also implored to unite and work hard for the party in a peaceful
environment before, during and after the elections.
Cde Hungwe said: “Our youths must always work hard for the party in unity. The
party does not condone indiscipline. The youth quota system introduced by the party
in its structures shows our willingness to promote them to influential positions both in
the party and Government because they are the future leaders of our nation.”
In his introductory remarks, Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman Cde
Daniel Garwe said the province was ready for the elections and would contribute a
million votes for President Mnangagwa.
“We are ready for the elections and let’s continue working hard so that we register a
resounding victory. We promised President Mnangagwa one million votes and that
has to be fulfilled,” Cde Garwe said.
Names of the candidates who were recommended for the Senate, provincial council,
proportional representation in councils and women’s quota in the National House of
Assembly were read out.
Elders Council chairman Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Zanu PF national political
commissar Cde Mike Bimha, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and
Devolution Dr Aplonia Munzverengwi as well as Cdes Jerry Gotora and Heather
Chinyanga were recommended for Senatorial posts.
Meanwhile, a minute of silence was observed in honour of the late national hero Cde
Ben Mucheche who was be buried at his farm last week.
Cde Mucheche succumbed to heart failure at his Beatrice farm on June 14 at the
age of 94 and was the founder of the Indigenous Business Development and owned
the now-defunct Mucheche Bus Company.
He was a teacher by profession and worked with the country’s veterans of the
liberation struggle, among them the late former President Robert Mugabe, Joshua
Nkomo, Edgar Tekere, George Nyandoro and Daniel Madzimbamuto.
His task, back then, was to transport nationalists to meetings under the cover of
darkness in Highfield.
The late national hero was the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Rural Transport
Organisation from 1976 to 2002 and also led the African Business Organisation (now
known as the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce) between 1973 and 1986
He is survived by four wives, 24 children, 27 grandchildren and 57 great
grandchildren. Cde Mucheche was buried at his Beatrice Farm last Thursday.