president mugabe bulawayo conference 12-12-11.jpgPolitical analysts and observers have described the just ended Zanu PF 12th Annual National People’s Conference as a resounding success and a clear demonstration of democracy where delegates and leaders candidly exchanged views.

The analysts say the conference has many lessons for other political parties in the country and the region as a whole.

The Zanu PF conference ended on a high note on in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The uplifting of the generality of the people through the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme was adopted as a resolution.

Other resolutions passed focused on dealing with some of the challenges in the revolutionary party as well as preparing for next year’s general elections.

For the party’s National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, the conference was a resounding success.

“It was indeed a success as the delegates were given an opportunity to speak their minds and to interact freely. We came up with a position and the resolutions were far reaching, far reaching in the sense that they won’t just affect ourselves but also generations to come,” Ambassador Moyo said.

Zanu PF Women Affairs Secretary for Information and Publicity, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa hailed the outcome of the conference in particular the resolutions on the empowerment of women and the ordinary people.

Political analyst, Mr Gabriael Chaibva hailed the discipline exhibited by party cadres at the conference and also expressed confidence that come election time, Zanu PF will triumph.


“The peace and tranquillity that prevailed at the conference was second to none. There was total discipline from all cadres of the party who all sought to refocus their energies and synergies towards a resounding victory in the elections next year. It was a commitment by all delegates at the conference that indeed a fresh mandate from the people must be sought,” said Mr Chaibva.


Media practitioner and analyst, Caesar Zvayi believes the conference was a huge lesson for democracy., adding that the resolution on non-violence, coupled with the frankness displayed at the conference is a lesson for other political parties.

“While the MDC’s conference also held in Bulawayo earlier this year was characterised by violence, the Zanu PF conference was held in a peaceful, transparent and democratic manner. Zanu PF’s resolutions are people centred while the MDC is advocating for gay rights and rights for prostitution,” said Zvayi.

Despite predictions by some prophets of doom that the conference in Bulawayo was going to divide the party, Zanu PF has come out of the City of Kings and Queens even stronger.

Analysts say it is this resilience driven by the party’s revolutionary spirit which will see the party achieve its ambitions of empowering Zimbabweans by giving wealth to ordinary people.