Zimbabwe is going to a penaltimate poll that will determine its lasting sovereignty, National Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has said.
Speaking at the burial of liberation war hero Cde Peter Nyakuba at Riwonde Farm in Goromonzi on Saturday, Cde Sekeramayi urged Zanu-PF cadres to mass-mobilise their colleagues for an emphatic vote against elements trying to reverse the gains of Zimbabwe's independence.
Cde Nyakuba died when the vehicle he was traveling in failed to cross a flooded river.
He was mobilising villagers to register as voters when the incident occured.
Cde Sekeramayi, who is the party's secretary for national security, said the forthcoming elections, likely to be held in July would give Zimbabwe the direction to pursue for the future.
"These elections would determine that Zimbabwe would not go back into the hands of the imperialists with the influence of outsiders or would be led by people who understand its principles and sovereignty," he said.
Cde Sekeramayi urged Zimbabweans to vote overwhelmingly for Zanu-PF.
"Zanu-PF is the only party that has the people's interests at heart. The weapon to secure our future is our vote and all party cadres should go out and vote for President Mugabe for Zimbabwe's future," he said, urging Zimbabweans to remain peaceful in the run-up to the elections.
"There are people who are waiting to blame Zanu-PF for violence especially when they know that we are headed towards an election victory. We need to campaign peacefully so that we leave our detractors in no doubt when we win the elections," he said.
Zanu-PF secretary for indigenisation and empowerment Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said Zanu-PF had no option but to win the next elections.
"Let's stand by our commitment to empowerment so that Zanu-PF, the party that stands for the people's sovereignty, carries out its obligation to empower the masses," he said.
The Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister said beneficiaries of Zimbabwe's land reform programme needed financial support.
"We need to support the farmers. We are, however, afraid to take on the banks that are still under the control of foreigners and are fighting against the land reforms.
"The time has come for Zimbabweans to be in charge. Zimbabweans cannot be poor forever hence the need to assume total control of its natural resources," he said.
Zanu-PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland East Cde Ray Kaukonde castigated party leaders fighting for positions without working for the people.
"We are busy fighting for positions when we should be working for the people. Its important to work for the development of the party and its people not as individuals. Our fight is for the people not for self enrichment."
Cde Kaukonde said most aspiring candidates were interested in benefits of being in Parliament.
"They are interested in the benefits, supposed deals that can be concluded but we are saying a leader should have the people at heart and work for their development. Let's be careful when we choose our leaders and for the development of the people," he said.
Cde Nyakuba (49) who was the Zanu-PF deputy provincial political commissar joined the liberation struggle as a collaborator and survived many battles while assisting combatants.
He was elected youth chairman for Goba branch in Bangauya district in Mudzi before being elevated to the district's information and publicity secretary in 1995.
He was appointed secretary to the provincial youth league before becoming the deputy political commissar in 2008.
Cde Nyakuba was also a councillor in the Mudzi Rural District Council. He is survived by his wife Constance and four children.