Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje says the high number of aspiring candidates for the forthcoming primary elections is a demonstration of the confidence that members have in the new political administration. 

The Zanu PF commissariat was in Nhwali, Gwanda South Constituency this Friday to pay tribute to its members for remaining resolute in support of the party over the years.

The first ever such visit by the department to the area was also aimed at encouraging party members to gear up for both the primary and harmonised elections through strengthening cell structures.

Speaking to the ZBC News  on the sidelines of the rally, Retired Lieutenant General Rugeje said despite the stringent regulations governing the primary elections, there has been an overwhelming turnout of members who want to  represent Zanu PF in the coming polls, an indication of their confidence in the new administration.

“We have seen thousands of people queuing to submit their applications, we have even seen people in the diaspora saying they want to represent Zanu PF in the coming elections. So this really is a show of confidence in our party,” he said.

Zanu PF Commissariat Department Head of the Campaign Team, Retired Air Vice Marshall Henry Muchena reminded all members to be part of cells and to ensure that they are registered voters.

“We will soon be embarking on a cell verification exercise, so I strongly urge members to be part of the cells. Elections are also around the corner so it is important that you take advantage of the ongoing registration exercise,” he said.

Gwanda South Constituency legislator, Cde Abednico Ncube said the visit by the revolutionary party’s commissariat team to the grassroots is a clear testimony that the party is aware that it derives its power from the people.

“I want to thank you Commissar and your team for coming down here to Nhwali, It is actually the first time we are graced by such a high ranking official from the commissariat,” he said.

The meeting was told that the party will be distributing 15 million t-shirts and 15 million caps to its supporters starting with those at the grassroots ahead of the coming harmonised elections.

Also in attendance at the rally was Matabeleland South Provincial Chairperson, Cde Rabelani Choene, Beitbridge legislators; Senator Tambudzani Mohadi and Cde Matrine Mudau.