The President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, Cde Robert Mugabe, has urged the party leadership to mobilise the people for the imminent general elections armed with people-oriented policies, the rich legacy of the liberation struggle and the tried and tested leadership.
President Mugabe was speaking when he officially opened the 86th Zanu PF Central Committee meeting in Harare.
Cde Mugabe said the 2008 election scenario should never be repeated as the party nearly lost Zimbabwe to those who once colonised the country.
President Mugabe said the Zanu PF leadership should work towards ensuring peace amongst Zimbabweans.
“Let us work for peace, peace not just because we would want to see elections not being tarnished by violence, but because we want to see our people living in peace…. we want to see our society developing friendly relations with each other,” said President Mugabe.
The meeting comes on the backdrop of the Zanu PF National Peopleâ€™s Conference to be hosted by Bulawayo province in December.
President Mugabe said the conference is regarded as having the same significance as a congress as it will endorse the Presidential candidate and also take measures that will chart the course of history in the country.
Cde Mugabe said the conference will also be an opportune time to revamp the industrial fortunes of Bulawayo.
On Tuesday this week, cabinet approved the immediate release of US$20 million as part of the US$50 million earmarked for infrastructural development in Bulawayo.
The city has seen the closures and downsizing of companies by the once vibrant industrial hub.
In the same meeting, President Mugabe castigated Finance Minister, Tendai Biti for not availing enough resources for agriculture in the wake of the rain season.
He said the government must play a key role in capaciting farmers to enable them to perform their operations effectively.
President Mugabe noted that what is happening in the country is that the MDC-T is not happy with the new farmers and wants to derail agricultural production to please their western masters.
Cde Mugabe said it is in light of this development that the political arrangement in the form of the inclusive government must end soon.
“This lack of comprehension is the heavy price we are paying for the incompatible marriage born out of circumstances of 2008,” he said.
During the meeting, the President took time to chronicle events in North Africa.
â€œIt is evident the fall of the Libyan government has seen the scrambling forÂ resources by the political western vultures that have descended on the Libyan soil,â€ said President Mugabe.
Meanwhile, the Bulawayo Zanu PF leadership met in Harare this Thursday to thank the cabinet and President Mugabe for releasing the US$20 million for infrastructural development. It urged stakeholders to use the money effectively and in a transparent manner for the good of the nation.