The Zanu PF commissariat department will begin holding cell verification exercises in all provinces to get accurate figures on the party membership as part of preparations for the harmonised elections.

The party’s National Political Commissar Retired Lt. General Dr Engelbert Rugeje revealed this during a meeting held in Tsholotsho this afternoon.

The verification exercise will run from the 9th to the 14th of April and will be coordinated by teams from the commissariat department. 

The exercise will help the party eliminate chances of rigging during the primary elections which will be held on the 5th of May.

According to Retired Lt. General Dr Rugeje, the exercise has been necessitated by inconsistencies on cell records, gathered by the sitting members of parliament as well as other contesting candidates and will start in nine provinces, with Harare Metropolitan being the last to be attended to.

“The commissariat department will hold its own verification exercise and draft a fresh cell register which we will use during the primary elections. Our problem is that the MP has his own cell structure, the next candidate has his own records and so forth, so at the end of the day, you cannot tell which one has accurate records and which one doesn’t so we are doing our own exercise as the commissariat to avoid using inaccurate information for the primary elections,” he explained.

Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi urged youths to take advantage of the opportunity availed to them by the President to take up positions as councillors and Members of Parliament but urged them to be disciplined at all times.

“Don’t insult your fellow Cdes. That is completely unacceptable, so all youths here i expect you to be disciplined, abide by the party guidelines and respect your elders,” he said.

The meeting was aimed at explaining the party guidelines for the primary elections, explaining the circumstances that led to the ‘Operation Restore Legacy’ and prepare the district for the harmonised elections.