Those who aspire to hold the highest position in the Zanu PF party should wait for the next congress in 2019 because a decision of who will lead the party was made in 2014 during the revolutionary party’s elective congress where Cde Robert Mugabe was endorsed as the party’s candidate for the 2018 elections.
This was said by Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo when he addressed thousands of Zanu PF supporters who attended a solidarity march organised in appreciation of the work being done by President Mugabe and the First Lady, Dr Mugabe, who is the party’s Secretary for Women Affairs.
Despite the short notice, the solidarity march organised by members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association led by Cde Mandi Chimene, attracted huge numbers of Zanu PF supporters.
By 10.am, the supporters had gathered at designated points and began the march towards the Zanu PF headquarters where they all converged before being addressed by the members of the war veterans association and the party’s leadership.
In his address, Dr Chombo emphasised that the message relayed by the war veterans will be delivered to the party’s leadership.
He also implored party cadres to wait for the next elective congress where those who aspire to hold the highest office in the land will be free to express their desires.
“The decision of who will lead the revolutionary party was made in 2014 at the party’s elective congress where Cde Mugabe was endorsed as the party’s candidate for the 2018 elections. Those who aspire to hold the highest position in the party should wait for the next congress in 2019. Kana pane zvinonetsa muparty hatimhanye kusocial media, let’s use the proper channels,” said Dr Chombo.
Dr Chombo said the issue of war veterans who were dismissed from the party for disrespecting President Mugabe must be dealt with and a decision must be reached.
He however cautioned against painting all war veterans with the same brush.
“We cannot paint all war veterans with the same brush because we have veterans who are committed to serving the party and government,” said Dr Chombo.
The Secretary for Administration pointed out that the issue of t-shirts that demean the President and the First Lady must be dealt with by law enforcements agencies.
Despite some conflicting messages which were allegedly circulated in the provinces to stop people from attending the march, the event was successful.
Dr Chombo thanked Zanu PF supporters for coming in their numbers saying ‘the enthusiasm that has been demonstrated should translate into votes for the party come 2018.’
Meanwhile, Zanu PF wings have pledged their support for President Mugabe and the First Lady, Dr Mugabe despite attempts by some detractors to denigrate them and their good work.
War Veterans leader, Cde Mandi Chimene spoke out against people who denigrate the first family.
“As war veterans we are here today to point out to our fellow war veterans who are departing from the values that were imparted to us during the struggle, that they should stop it forthwith,” she said.
Her deputy, Cde George Mlala denounced war veterans who are causing havoc within the party.
Women’s League Secretary for Administration, Cde Letina Undenge chronicled the good works being done by the First Lady for national development.
Secretary for the Youth League, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga said youths are ready to partner with all party wings in support of the First Lady and the President.
Zanu PF Secretary for War Veterans Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, National Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere; Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe, Secretary for Transport Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri and the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa attended the rally.