The Herald (Harare)

23 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Vote-Buying Castigated

Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo has warned Politburo members against usurping the powers of provincial executives. He said some of the Politburo members were taking advantage of their positions to impose candidates, but the party would field only those approved by the people.

Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at Magunje Growth Point in Hurungwe on Wednesday, Cde Khaya Moyo said provincial executives should be allowed to freely carry out their duties.

"You can't brag and claim to have a province," he said.

"Kuti vanhu vangu or province yangu. Hauna province uyezve hauna vanhu. We do not want to hear that again. People belong to the party. That is why we disbanded the DCCs. Let's allow the provincial executives to run the provinces."

Cde Khaya Moyo urged party members to reject the imposition of candidates, saying the practice brought defeat in previous elections.

"Hurungwe lost a constituency to MDC-T in the last election because of imposition of a candidate. Out of about 30 000 registered voters, only about 10 000 voted while the rest did not participate."

Cde Khaya Moyo warned against vote buying, saying those committing such crimes should rather channel the large sums of money towards party programmes to strengthen it.

"People are not goats or chickens that can be bought, if anyone gives you such money to vote them please take the money and let us know," he said.

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