Sunday, 20 November 2016

STAMPEDE TO ENDORSE MUGABE



Four more Zanu PF provinces have endorsed President Robert Mugabe as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2018 elections.

Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces all passed a confidence vote on Cde Mugabe's leadership, announcing their resolutions just after Harare, Midlands, Manicaland provinces had also done so.

The Mashonaland West Province convened an inter-district conference in Chinhoyi yesterday (Saturday) and made several resolutions, including endorsing President Mugabe and supporting the introduction of bond notes.

An earlier meeting of the Mashonaland West Provincial Women’s League also reaffirmed support for the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, whom the provincial members would want to retain her post as National Secretary for Women Affairs.

The province’s Secretary for Administration, Cde Simbarashe Ziyambi read out the resolutions, while the Zanu PF Secretary for Environment and Tourism, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, took the occasion to introspect on the recently held Norton parliamentary by-election, blaming Zanu PF’s loss to the imposition of the candidate, Cde Ronald Chindedza.

All the wings of the Zanu PF Mashonaland East Province also endorsed Cde Mugabe as the party’s candidate in the 2018 harmonised during an inter-district conference held in Marondera yesterday.

Zanu PF Politburo member, Dr Mike Bimha, who is also the Minister of Industry and Commerce and Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Rtd Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri spoke on the need for unity, among party members and the relationship between the party and the government.

In Mashonaland Central Province, Zanu PF delegates drawn from all the eight districts converged in Bindura  for the party’s provincial inter-district conference Saturday.

The conference which was preceded by the youth and Women’s League sessions saw a  number of resolutions being passed, among them the endorsement of Cde Mugabe's leadership.

Meanwhile, the Annual People’s Conference Mashonaland Central Provincial fund raising dinner dance held in Bindura managed to raise US$22500.

Matabeleland South Province also endorsed President Mugabe at an inter-district meeting held in Gwanda on Saturday.

The provincial co-ordinating committee also recommended the lifting of a two year suspension on 11 senior party members and expulsion of two others who crossed floors to the Zimbabwe People First.

Members recommended for their suspensions to be lifted are Insiza North and South legislators, Cde Andrew Langa and Malachi Nkomo, Gwanda senator Cde Alma Mukwebu, Bulilima West member of parliament Cde Lungisani Nleya, as well as Cde Moses Langa, Cde Alice Dube, Cde Ollen Ncube, Cde Moffat Sithole, Cde Morris Muhambi and Cde Vongai Mpofu.

Zanu PF Matabeleland South Provincial Chairman, Cde Rabelani Choene said while the 11 have remained loyal and committed to the party, Tafirenyika Seremani and Jabulani Phetshu Sibanda had since defected to Zimbabwe People First.

The meeting saw emotions running high during the selection of a member to be co-opted into the Central Committee in Matobo district after the position fell vacant following the death of Ambassador Khotsho Dube.

Cde Never Khanye, despite having backing from the senior political leadership, eventually lost to Cde Annanius Nyathi.

Most of the resolutions by the provinces will be presented at the ruling party's annual national conference slated for MAsvingo next month.


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