press releaseBy Ladislus Ndoro
The ZANU PF Secretary for Commissariat Cde Webster Shamu has moved in to solve the problems bedeviling the Party in Manicaland where disgruntled members recently demonstrated against the provincial leadership for allegedly using unorthodox methods in DCC elections.
The ZANU PF Manicaland province recently held elections to choose new DCC executives and some members were not happy with the way they were conducted, accusing the provincial executive led by chairman Cde Mike Madiro of imposing its own candidates against the will of the people, and in some cases using rigging, intimidation and violence to make sure that their preferred candidates won the elections.
In response to the demonstrations Cde Shamu suspended the DCC elections results for Mutare Urban, Buhera, Nyanga, Makoni, Zimunya-Marange and Chimanimani and set up a team to go round the six districts to investigate the alleged electoral irregularities.
"As commissariat we received reports that the aggrieved raised complaints with the province and got no joy and this led them to demonstrate. We had to move in because the situation had turned ugly and out of hand," Cde Shamu said.
"The demonstrations had virtually paralysed the functioning of the Party offices in the province and there was no way we could fold our hands and watch the situation continue deteriorating."
Cde Shamu felt that although Zimbabweans have every right to demonstrate, in this instance there was no need to demonstrate because the Party has clearly laid down procedures and channels for members to raise their grievances from whatever level to the top.
"Aggrieved members should compile their grievances and forward them to the Commissariat and we will always respond," he said.
"As ZANU PF we want to strengthen the culture of resolving contradictions amongst Party cadres in a manner that reflect a high degree of discipline which will contribute to the strengthening of the Party.
"The position we have at the moment is that no final decision has been taken as teams are still carrying out investigations. That is why we instructed the Province to suspend the holding of DCC elections until we finish the investigations."