4 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Explains DCCs Ban

ZANU-PF is dispatching a high-powered delegation led by secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa to all its provinces to explain the party's decision to disband district co-ordinating committees.

President Mugabe, who is the party's First Secretary, announced the Politburo decision to disband the DCCs at a Central Committee meeting in Harare last week.

The Central Committee has since endorsed the decision to do away with the DCCs.

Some powerful Zanu-PF members were allegedly manipulating the DCCs causing unnecessary tension and divisions in the revolutionary party.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo yesterday confirmed a delegation led by Cde Mutasa will visit the provinces soon.

"The party would like to advise all Zanu-PF provinces that a team headed by the secretary for administration, Cde D N E Mutasa, will be visiting all the provinces to explain to party members the decision to disband District Coordinating Committees. The dates for the visits will be advised in due course," he said.

Cde Mutasa also confirmed the development but said full details on the pending visits would be announced at the appropriate time.

Announcing the disbanding of the DCCs last week, President Mugabe said: "As we discussed the matter, we decided that the Central Committee should look at the issue of DCCs and we came to the conclusion that they are serving a divisive process. They are an organ which must go. The Politburo came to the conclusion that DCCs must be repealed. A recommendation would be made to the Central Committee so that it could remove the organ called the DCC from the party."

He said while the organ was created to co-ordinate work so that the management of party structures could be made easy, they had made things more difficult.

"We have experienced quite a lot of commotion, fighting for places in regard to positions in the DCCs and therefore we have been looking at what is happening and we discussed that in the Politburo.

"We are worried the DCC has become a weapon used to divide the party," President Mugabe said.

Provincial structures are now expected to play a pivotal role in the co-ordination of party activities.

There have been reports of imposition of candidates during the elections, especially in Masvingo and Manicaland.

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