The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Conference Confirms President's Candidature

THE just-ended Zanu-PF 13th Annual National People's Conference confirmed President Mugabe as the party's sole candidate for the forthcoming harmonised elections and resolved to adopt a scoring strategy, Bhora Mugedhi/Ibhola Egedhini, for the forthcoming elections to ensure resounding victory.

This was adopted at the end of the conference held in Gweru at the newly-built 5 000-seater conference and exhibition centre.

The conference confirmed the party's President and First Secretary Cde R G Mugabe, who was elected at the last congress, to be the party's presidential candidate in harmonised elections slated for next year.

It directed all structures of the party to earnestly and immediately prepare for resounding victory in the forthcoming elections by adopting a strategy to score, Bhora Mugedhi/Ibhola Egedhini.

Some members adopted "bhora musango" during the last harmonised elections, which saw members voting for the opposition or independent candidates resulted in the loss of a number of constituencies to the opposition.

The party says it wants to conduct primary elections in a free and fair manner and to stop the imposition of candidates.

"Exhorts every member of the party to be guided, instructed and bound by the vision, direction, ideals, values and the imperative for unity paying due regard to the enduring principle that we are our own liberators under the banner; Iwe neni tinebasa/Wena lami silom'sebenzi," reads the resolutions.

The party resolved to make provisions for the adequate funding of all its programmes, including the impending primary elections and harmonised elections.

Party members were also discouraged from vote-buying.

On the economic front, the party resolved that all the sectors of the economy must fully comply with the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act.

It resolved that South African mining giant De Beers be investigated for illegal mining operations carried out in Marange under the guise of exploration and that the investigation should establish the quantity of the diamond-bearing soil scooped out of the area and transported to South Africa as well as determining the actual value of the diamonds thus illegally smuggled out of the country.

The party implored the Government to spearhead the adoption of currencies of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries and other emerging economies as legal tender in Zimbabwe alongside the US dollar.

Read the resolutions in part "To instruct Government to work out modalities for the reintroduction of domestic currency alongside the multi-currency system in order to address the current liquidity crisis and to enable our people to carry out their transactions.

"Encourages foreign direct investment to complement domestic investment and calls upon Government to ensure that foreign investors do not fund their investments through local borrowings."

On the political front, the party called for the unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe to facilitate the restoration and access to sound social services infrastructure.

The party also argued that Government, through the responsible ministry and Government departments, attend to the construction and rehabilitation of roads in both rural and urban areas.

"To direct the party to urgently take remedial measures to redress the rapid decline in the quality of the education system alongside the deterioration of national sport and recreational facilities."

The conference noted the re-election of President Barack Obama and called upon him to repeal the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act and unconditionally lift the illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The party said it wanted to spearhead and take the leading role in ensuring greater representation of women in all decision-making institutions so as to attain the 50/50 ratio set by Sadc and AU in its protocols.

"That the party calls on all its members to be involved in the campaign against gender based violence and commits to advocate for the deterrent punishments of perpetrators. Calls upon the party to implement deliberate policies to empower the rural women so as to reduce their chores."

On constitution making process, the party deplored the delaying tactics employed by the MDC formations which have seen the process that was supposed to take 18 months lasting 44 months.

"Implores the GPA parties to conclude the constitution making process before Christmas this year, failing which the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces (President Mugabe) should in terms of the law issue the relevant Proclamation dissolving Parliament and fixing a date for the holding of the harmonised elections under the current Constitution."

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