The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: 'No to Imposition of Candidates'

ZANU-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo on Wednesday warned party leaders against imposing candidates in the forthcoming harmonised elections. Officially opening a three-day Zanu-PF Commissariat mass mobilisation workshop in Harare, Cde Khaya Moyo said it was critical that party leaders listen to what people say and want when selecting candidates.

The workshop was aimed at finding ways to turn the Zanu-PF 2011 Bulawayo conference into a workable strategy document to run a successful election campaign.

In the 2008 harmonised polls, Cde Khaya Moyo said he noticed that a constituency with 30 000 people for example, would only see 7 000 people voting owing to imposition of candidates.

"It's high time we must listen to the people, people are the shareholders, they are the stakeholders of the party," he said.

Some senior party officials, he said, sometimes move around imposing their wish claiming that it was an instruction from the party leader, President Mugabe.

"Those who are disturbing the President's ear are the enemies of the party," he said.

He implored the party's provincial executives to move around their areas of jurisdiction listening to people's challenges instead of convening meetings at party provincial headquarters.

He singled out the party's Mashonaland East executive led by Cde Ray Kaukonde, as one good example where leaders go to the grassroots to address challenges.

"Each province should submit a report of its activities. They should visit districts. We want to see the minutes of those meetings," he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the delay in concluding the constitution making process was delaying the retirement of the inclusive government he described as dysfunctional.

"The puppets are now playing with the Constitution-making process because allowances are falling like confetti," he said.

"We are here for a political surgical operation and introspection in tandem with the methodology to fully implement the resolutions adopted at our recent Bulawayo conference."

The party's political commissar, Cde Webster Shamu urged party members to be loyal to leaders particularly the President whom he said was responsible for giving guidance.

He said while people might study prolific writings like those from renowned authors like Karl Marx, Mao Tse Tang among others, it was equally important to draw inspiration from the party President.

"President ndivo dura redu reruzivo . . . Ndobhaibheri redu iroro," he said.

The party's Commissariat, said Cde Shamu, had already sent circulars spelling out party guidelines on party elections during the restructuring exercise which he said was still in progress.

"These circulars are aimed at enhancing internal democracy in order to achieve unity of purpose within all ranks of the Party," he said.

The party's membership, said Cde Shamu, must be built and expanded so that Zanu-PF approaches the elections with an assured vote that guaranteed the party victory.

"Furthermore, we should bear in mind that today's voter does not entertain empty promises.

"Voters would like to see practical demonstration of the party's policies and programmes in a way that directly benefits them and their families," he said.

Other senior Politburo members were also expected to address the workshop, which was also attended by the party's provincial chairperson, political commissars from provinces and district co-ordinating committees.

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