Cde Mugabe was speaking when he officially closed the partyâ€™s 12th Annual National Peopleâ€™s Conference in Bulawayo yesterday.
He observed that the countryâ€™s ancestors fought bravely to resist settler domination, a spirit which inspired sons and daughters of Zimbabwe to take up arms and fight for freedom.
Cde Mugabe said Zimbabweans will always fight to defend the sovereignty of their country.
He said Zanu-PF is not only a nationalist party but a revolutionary one that believes in proceeding on the consensus of the people.
TheÂ President thanked sister political parties who came to show solidarity with Zanu-PF.
He however castigated the MDC for neglecting the people in pursuit of personal gains.
The President said “What ideas do they have for the people? They spend time looking for girlfriends and cannot even come up with a choice and cannot spend time with the people.
“They do not think about the people, it’s money, pleasure………….”
‘They have no policies for the people, hanzi Chinja. Chinja Chii? Chinja vakadzi”. Â
Cde Mugabe also said the party is an independent party and not a puppet one.
The President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF noted that there are factions in all the provinces but those who should be put on positions of power should be voted on merit in accordance with the peopleâ€™s choice and not on favouratism of any sort. Â Â Â
He said the party seeks friendship and solidarity with friends in the region and with all those countries who are allies to the party.
Cde Mugabe said the relationship with the region is based on common history and culture.
He thanked the people of Bulawayo for hosting the conference and the tremendous support the party received from the people.
Cde MugabeÂ said he will not let the party down by retiring, when the west is still imposing illegal sanctions on the country, and the notion of regime changeÂ is still in existence.