The Herald (Harare)

20 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Only 'Cadres of Good Repute' to Contest Polls Under Zanu-PF

ZANU-PF will only allow "cadres of good repute" to contest in primary elections to elect candidates to represent it in next year's harmonised elections, the party's Secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa has said. Cde Mutasa said the due diligence was being done to enable the party to build

a pool of capable legislators to be assigned different national assignments.

He made the remarks while addressing party officials who attended the Midlands inter-district conference at Mkoba Teachers' College on Sunday.

This comes amid reports that in some constituencies there were over 10 candidates aspiring to represent the party in parliamentary polls slated for next year.

Cde Mutasa said while Zanu-PF would not condone the imposition of candidates, there was need for the candidates to be people of "good reputation".

He said: "There won't be imposition of candidates, but we will conduct due diligence for those who want to stand at the primary elections.

"We cannot say because there won't be imposition of candidates, then we take everyone and make them candidates at the primary elections. We cannot all say we want to stand at the primary elections.

"We have to stand as a party and look at each other and choose who can stand for us. We want people who are clean and of good repute.

"Remember they will go to the harmonised elections to compete against candidates from other parties. We want people who can represent us well, people who are well cultured. Hazvidi kuzongoisa nebenzi rose."

Cde Mutasa said the party would come up with rules and regulations that would guide the revolutionary party on who qualified to stand in the primary elections soon.

Rules and regulations for the primaries would be communicated to all provinces for implementation.

Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said all local authorities and parliamentary candidates would be contested at the party's primary elections.

"From the top to the bottom, everyone will be considered. There was a time when we said Politburo members should not be contested, but we disbanded that because it was not doing us any good," said Cde Mnangagwa.

He said the provincial leadership would not interfere with the nomination of candidates for primary elections.

Midlands provincial Governor Cde Jason Machaya concurred with Cde Mnangagwa.

He dismissed allegations of factionalism in the province, saying the provincial leadership was united.

"As Midlands (province), we don't want the imposition of candidates. In the 2008 elections our province did well because we did not impose candidates. We also didn't have bhora musango phenomenon which happened in some areas," he said.

"We also don't want factionalism because we don't have factionalism in the province. We know it is important to be united. We know President Mugabe alone is our leader."

Cde Rugare Gumbo, who is the party's national spokesperson, said Zanu-PF was there to defend the revolution, land reform and the indigenisation and economic empowerment drive.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF Matabeleland North Province was the first to endorse the candidature of President Mugabe who is the party's first secretary.

The province met on Sunday November 11 in Lupane for the provincial inter-district conference where they re-affirmed President Mugabe as the party's sole candidate for the Presidency in the forthcoming elections.

It was erroneously reported yesterday that the province was yet to endorse the President's candidature.

Our sister paper, Chronicle last week quoted Zanu-PF Matabeleland North acting chairperson and Governor for the province Cde Thokozile Mathuthu telling delegates that President Mugabe was the only befitting candidate to lead the revolutionary party to a landslide victory.

"As a province, we have come up with resolutions that we will present during the Annual National People's Conference in Gweru next month. Our first resolution is that we endorse President Mugabe's candidature in the next elections," said Cde Mathuthu.

She said the province also buttressed a continuity of the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme.

The province also called for the scrapping of incentives for teachers and implored Government to pay civil servants favourable salaries.

The party's nine other provinces endorsed President Mugabe at the weekend ahead of the party's 13th Annual National People's Conference.

The conference is expected to endorse the nomination of President Mugabe when delegates meet in Gweru from December 4 to 9.

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