Manicaland buries the hatchet

Cletus Mushanawani in Mutare
ZANU-PF’s Manicaland executive yesterday resolved to stop all suspensions and votes of no confidence as the party prepares for the 2018 harmonised elections. After Provincial Executive and Co-ordination committee meetings in Mutare yesterday, Zanu-PF Manicaland secretary for administration Cde Kenneth Saruchera said both indabas said a vote of no confidence on their chairman, Dr Samuel Undenge, was unprocedural and thus null and void.

“There was leadership crisis in Manicaland following the passing of a vote of no confidence on the chairman, Dr Samuel Undenge, but following guidance which we got from the Politburo through the National Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo, we sat down and ironed out of differences.

“We are happy to announce that the leadership crisis in Manicaland has been resolved and we are moving forward as a united party.

“People aired their views freely and we are happy with the outcome of the meeting. We adhered to President Mugabe’s call for unity and our machinery is now on a roller coaster,” said Cde Saruchera.

He said focus was on implementing Government programmes.

“We have a lot of work in our hands and as leaders we should go to the grassroots and advance both the party and Government programmes,” said Cde Saruchera.

“An election is a game of numbers so as leaders we should up the mobilisation game because we promised President Mugabe to sweep all the 26 seats in Manicaland. We also want to make sure that the grassroots benefit from all Government programmes.”

At the PCC meeting, National Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga hailed the provincial leadership for its decision.

“No-one is bigger than the party and we are excited that unity of purpose is now prevailing in Manicaland,” he said. “Nothing will stop us from achieving our goals and objectives as a united party.

“Mutare is our provincial capital, but is in the hands of the enemy something we should rectify. This can only be achieved if we are united. Fighting among ourselves will give our enemy enough ammunition to defeat us.

“We should learn from our mistakes and move forward. I want to urge the provincial leadership to come up with a number of programmes to keep the members busy. An idle mind is very dangerous.”

Cde Chipanga said after the Presidential Youth Interface rallies, they would embark on a massive youth recruitment and registration exercise.

“The number of people turning out for the Presidential Youth Interface rallies should translate into votes. Youths are in the majority and we want to ensure that they are registered as voters to ensure a crushing victory for President Mugabe.”

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