Several countries across the world have expressed solidarity and friendship with Zanu PF during the ruling party’s extra-ordinary congress in Harare today.
Solidarity messages were delivered by representatives of South Africa’s ANC, Botswana Democratic Party, Equatorial Guinea’s ruling party, the Communist Party of China, Frelimo of Mozambique, the Democratic Progressive Party of Malawi, December 12 Movement of the United States, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic’s Polisario Front, the Palestine Liberation Movement and Ambassadors of Angola and Cuba.
They all extolled Zanu PF for its revolutionary policies and hailed the party for a civilised execution of power transition.
There were also written messages from Russia and Algeria.
Zanu PF affiliate groups, which include traditional leaders, war veterans and students unions also pledged support to the revolutionary party ahead of next year’s general elections.
President of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira saluted the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, war veterans and the generality of Zimbabwean for the peace and professionalism displayed in the transition period to the new era.
He said the new political dispensation has given Zimbabweans their freedom to associate freely with whoever they want as it had become almost impossible not to be given a faction in recent few years with growth of the G40 cabal.
He pledged chiefs’ unwavering support for Zanu PF as the two have walked a long way together from the times of the liberation struggle when chiefs assisted the cadres in various ways.
War Veterans National Chairperson Cde Chris Mutsvangwa said Zanu PF is blessed to have war veterans and chiefs on its side, adding that their focus now is to ensure that the revolutionary party wins next year’s elections.
A representative of the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU), also pledged support to the new political dispensation, urging the government to review fees charged by institutions of higher learning, to make sure that they are in line with the salaries of their parents most of whom are in the civil service.
After the solidarity messages, the congress adopted without amendments resolutions pertaining to the party and the other one being a resolution that Zanu PF upholds the stance taken by SADC, AU and the UN with regards the political situation in Palestine and the Saharawi.
Cde Patrick Chinamasa, in his capacity as the Secretary for Legal Affairs before the new Politburo announcement, read out resolutions made by the Special Central Committee meeting held on the 19th of November 2017.
Zanu PF chairmen from the 10 provinces, six organs and affiliates all adopted the Central Committee resolutions and asked the extra-ordinary congress to ratify the resolutions.
In essence, the party endorsed the expulsion of 26 members of the G40 cabal, the recall of former president Robert Mugabe and the reinstatement and subsequent elevation of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to be the party’s President and First Secretary and to be the party’s presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
The war veterans associations’ solidarity message was delivered by Cde Mutsvangwa who called for unity and thanked those who sacrificed so that the new dispensation emerges, among them the late national heroine, Cde Shuvai Mahofa and musician Jah Prayzah who was attacked by the G40 cabal.