Zanu PF sets eye on 2023 polls

Victor Matemadanda

ZANU PF party cadres should campaign for the party and President Mnangagwa ahead of 2023 harmonised elections and not prioritise their individual campaigns.

With the delimitation programme coming soon, there is no need for MPs to start campaigning as ward and constituency boundaries may end up being altered.

However, the delimitation exercise does not affect the President as his votes come from across the country.

Zanu PF members have therefore been called to put the name of the party and its sole 2023 Presidential candidate President Mnangagwa first.

Addressing the Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting attended by President Mnangagwa in Gweru on Saturday, the party’s national Political Commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda also urged party members to be disciplined and united.

“To Members of Parliament we are not talking about constituencies, there is the delimitation programme coming soon. Don’t waste your time campaigning in your current constituencies because after the delimitation programme, you might find yourself out of that area when boundaries are changed. Right now, the constituency we are campaigning for now is two in one, which is Zanu PF and ED Mnangagwa,” he said.

Matemadanda bemoaned indiscipline in the Midlands province which he said is taking the province backwards.

“There is nothing that has taken us back as indiscipline and individualism in the Midlands province. Our leaders, our chairperson (Engineer Daniel Mackenzie Ncube) enforce discipline in your people,” he said.

Matemadanda castigated some party members for abusing the name of President Mnangagwa to corruptly manipulate the electoral process and to get favours.

“Some lie using the President’s name, saying I am coming from the President. Do you want the president to avoid you? The President was the leader in Midlands Province and now he is the leader of the country. So, there is no way he can impose candidates or members in party structures like the DCC or Central Committee or Provincial because everyone is his son or daughter. People should work for themselves,” he said.

Matemadanda said the party has nullified lists of proposed DCC members from Mashonaland East and Chipinge because the process was irregular.

“Those who sat down and made shortlists of DCC members will be disqualified. We have one structure which reports to President Mnangagwa. Why should you have a structure that reports to you in your province? I heard that in Mashonaland East, they had a meeting and a short list was made. But I am telling you that the short list is null and void. We are going to do elections there,” he said.

Matemadanda said only the Inter District Committee is mandated to receive CVs from members who want to be DCC members.

“It’s not a group of Central Committee members or provincial members who decide. The administrator from the district carries the CVs, the PCC receives the papers which are taken to party headquarters in Harare for vetting. Chipinge, Mash East they have been caught coming up with these people or individual centres DCC. We won’t have none of that,” he said.

In the Midlands province, he said there are two by elections for vacant Members of Parliament constituencies: Gweru Mkoba and Kwekwe Central.

The seats became vacant after the recalling of MDC Alliance member Mr Amos Chibaya from Parliament and the death in July of the National Patriotic Front MP Mr Masango Matambanadzo.

There are consented efforts to block the party’s 2018 general elections candidate Kandros Mugabe from running in Kwekwe Central in favour of Energy Dhala who is said to be enjoying support of party leadership in Kwekwe town. Matemadanda said the infighting for Kwekwe Central seat was wrong and will split the vote.