The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Conference a Resounding Success

The just ended 13TH Zanu-PF Annual National People's Conference was a resounding success and set the tone for the party's victory in next year's harmonised elections, analysts and delegates to the conference have said.

The conference was held at the recently constructed Gweru Conference and Exhibition Centre located at the 10km peg along the Gweru-Mvuma highway.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo yesterday said the party was pleased with the outcome of the event.

"To us the conference was very successful with the President setting the tone for the way forward as we approach the elections.

"He emphasised on the need for unity within the party so that we win the elections and that the indigenisation programme should be consolidated as Zimbabweans should benefit more from their resources.

"The other important thing was that the constitution making exercise should be finalised, failure of which we resort to the current constitution," he said.

The party resolved that the new constitution should be ready before Christmas.

Cde Gumbo said Zanu-PF had clarified its position on various issues, positioning itself well to win the elections.

"We were very clear on issues that affect the ordinary Zimbabwean and as we go towards the elections the electorate knows what to expect from a Zanu-PF Government unlike the other foreign sponsored parties that do not have defined programmes and policies to offer to Zimbabweans," Cde Gumbo said.

University of Zimbabwe lecturer and analyst Dr Charity Manyeruke said President Mugabe had tackled important issues in his speech that should inspire the party ahead of harmonised elections.

"The conference was a success in my view and afforded the party an opportunity to discuss important issues ahead of the elections.

"In his speech President Mugabe touched on a number of issues that I think should ensure the party comes out victorious in next year's elections.

"He talked of the need for the party to unite because it is important that the party be united and avoid a repeat of what happened in the previous elections where disunity nearly cost the party," she said.

Dr Manyeruke also said the issue of corruption was also an important point that the President emphasised on.

"It was also important that the President came out strongly against corruption because it is threatening the fabric of the society. The fact that the President did not mince his words and threatened to fire anyone involved in corrupt activities inspires confidence ahead of the elections," Dr Manyeruke said.

The President spoke about corruption by Government ministers, police officers and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority officials among others.

Dr Manyeruke said some of the important issues that were addressed at the conference include empowerment of women, regularising the operations of small-scale miners and capacitating farmers.

Another analyst Mr Goodwine Mureriwa echoed similar sentiments saying the need for unity and zero tolerance to imposition of candidates were also important.

"The conference was clear that unity, especially at this juncture, was important and the fact that imposition of candidates was rejected creates an enabling environment for Zanu-PF to win the next elections convincingly.

"The other issue that is important was that President Mugabe and the conference as a whole talked of the need to consolidate the indigenisation programme which will undoubtedly form the basis of the campaign in the next elections.

"Zanu-PF is very clear that Zimbabweans should be masters of their own destiny and it was important that the conference re-affirmed that position," Mr Mureriwa said.

Uzumba House of Assembly legislator Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said the conference invigorated the party and was certain that Zanu-PF would win next year's elections.

"We came out with renewed vigour and now want to go to the next elections and we are very positive that we will win, there is nothing to stop us.

"There was a clear unity of purpose that came out after the conference and that is what we need to win the elections," Cde Mudarikwa said.pleased with the outcome of the event.

"To us the conference was very successful with the President setting the tone for the way forward as we approach the elections.

"He emphasised on the need for unity within the party so that we win the elections and that the indigenisation programme should be consolidated as Zimbabweans should benefit more from their resources.

"The other important thing was that the constitution making exercise should be finalised, failure of which we resort to the current constitution," he said.

The party resolved that the new constitution should be ready before Christmas.

Cde Gumbo said Zanu-PF had clarified its position on various issues, positioning itself well to win the elections.

"We were very clear on issues that affect the ordinary Zimbabwean and as we go towards the elections the electorate knows what to expect from a Zanu-PF Government unlike the other foreign sponsored parties that do not have defined programmes and policies to offer to Zimbabweans," Cde Gumbo said.

University of Zimbabwe lecturer and analyst Dr Charity Manyeruke said President Mugabe had tackled important issues in his speech that should inspire the party ahead of harmonised elections.

"The conference was a success in my view and afforded the party an opportunity to discuss important issues ahead of the elections.

"In his speech President Mugabe touched on a number of issues that I think should ensure the party comes out victorious in next year's elections.

"He talked of the need for the party to unite because it is important that the party be united and avoid a repeat of what happened in the previous elections where disunity nearly cost the party," she said.

Dr Manyeruke also said the issue of corruption was also an important point that the President emphasised on.

"It was also important that the President came out strongly against corruption because it is threatening the fabric of the society. The fact that the President did not mince his words and threatened to fire anyone involved in corrupt activities inspires confidence ahead of the elections," Dr Manyeruke said.

The President spoke about corruption by Government ministers, police officers and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority officials among others.

Dr Manyeruke said some of the important issues that were addressed at the conference include empowerment of women, regularising the operations of small-scale miners and capacitating farmers.

Another analyst Mr Goodwine Mureriwa echoed similar sentiments saying the need for unity and zero tolerance to imposition of candidates were also important.

"The conference was clear that unity, especially at this juncture, was important and the fact that imposition of candidates was rejected creates an enabling environment for Zanu-PF to win the next elections convincingly.

"The other issue that is important was that President Mugabe and the conference as a whole talked of the need to consolidate the indigenisation programme which will undoubtedly form the basis of the campaign in the next elections.

"Zanu-PF is very clear that Zimbabweans should be masters of their own destiny and it was important that the conference re-affirmed that position," Mr Mureriwa said.

Uzumba House of Assembly legislator Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said the conference invigorated the party and was certain that Zanu-PF would win next year's elections.

"We came out with renewed vigour and now want to go to the next elections and we are very positive that we will win, there is nothing to stop us.

"There was a clear unity of purpose that came out after the conference and that is what we need to win the elections," Cde Mudarikwa said.

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