The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Urged to Ensure Members Register to Vote

Zanu-PF national political commissar Cde Webster Shamu has challenged party cadres in Mashonaland East to ensure that the party wins this year's harmonised elections. Speaking in Marondera during an emergency provincial co-ordinating committee meeting at the party's provincial headquarters over the weekend, Cde Shamu urged the party leadership to ensure that members were registered to vote.

The emergency meeting was attended by, among others, the province's chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde, Dr Olivia Muchena, Dr David Parirenyatwa, Members of Parliament and senators from Mashonaland East.

According to ZBC, Cde Shamu, who is also the Media, Publicity and Information Minister tasked the provincial leadership with the distribution of the party's e-cards.

"The party leadership must ensure that supporters from cell level are registered as voters. We must encourage the people to register as voters. Let us organise our membership and from this we can judge how many votes we have," he said.

Dr Muchena updated the leadership on the progress made on the draft constitution.

In a related incident ZBC reports that the Zanu-PF Matabeleland provincial leadership has been urged to focus on strengthening party structures ahead of elections expected this year.

The Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Didymus Mutasa, said 2013 was a year for electoral victory for Zanu-PF and restructuring cells was important.

Cde Mutasa said the programme that should be completed by the end of this month was part of strategies to mobilise membership and ensure that they were registered as voters.

Zanu-PF national Youth League Secretary for the Commissariat Cde Mike Gava urged youths to emulate the character of President Mugabe, saying indiscipline, corruption and greed would bring the name of the party into disrepute. The provincial chairman, Cde Andrew Langa, called for unity of purpose saying party members should focus on dislodging the opposition in the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, Cde Phillip Chiyangwa donated US$2 000 to Chinhoyi residents in Mashonaland West during the launch of a bereavement scheme, the Chisora Burial Society in Chinhoyi.

Speaking to more than 2 000 residents gathered at Cooksey Hall, Cde Chiyangwa said members would pay a dollar in monthly subscription fees and this would cover their families in case of bereavement. He told the burial society members that Zanu-PF victory in Chinhoyi was imminent and that he would vigorously campaign for the party's victory.

In Mashonaland East, Zanu-PF provincial chairman Cde Kaukonde has urged supporters to be wary of prospective candidates who could cause divisions in the party.

Addressing the party and traditional leaders in Kotwa, Mudzi district during the weekend, Cde Kaukonde urged the leaders to be wary of people using cheap politics to garner support ahead of the party primaries.

Cde Kaukonde also handed over 20 tonnes of mealie-meal to vulnerable members of the district. He also handed over 107 blankets to be distributed among five newly built clinics and the local district hospital.

Cde Kaukonde challenged aspiring candidates to assist people in the district.

"We have received reports of people secretively approaching village heads seeking their support. In Zanu-PF, as was done during the liberation struggle, we meet people as a group not individuals."

He called for unity in the party ahead of the harmonised elections set for this year.

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