The Zanu PF leadership across the country’s 10 provinces has passed a resolution calling for the party to hold an extra ordinary congress in December.
The Zanu PF Harare Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) has once again affirmed First Secretary and President Cde Robert Mugabe as the ruling party’s candidate in next year’s elections.
The PCC also made a resolution to request the party to consider amending the party’s constitution to allow the return of the women’s quota in the party’s presidium.
The party’s PCC members met at the provincial headquarters today, where the province’s chairman Cde Charles Tawengwa announced that the province has once again agreed to affirm President Mugabe as the presidential candidate next year.
The announcement was received with cheering.
The second resolution which also drew a huge applause concerned the resolution to request the party to consider amending the constitution to reinstate a provision that was scrapped off in 2014, that stipulated that one of the party’s two vice presidents be a woman.
The PCC also unanimously agreed to support the call for the party to hold an extra ordinary congress in December.
Cde Tawengwa briefed members on the biometric voter registration exercise saying while the programme started on a slow note, it has since gained momentum and people are coming in their numbers to register on the new voter’s roll.
In the Midlands Province, the party’s provincial spokesperson, Cde Cornelius Mupereri told ZBC News that as a province they have passed a resolution calling on the party to hold an extra ordinary congress in December.
He said the congress will reinforce the unity of purpose and cohesion in the party ahead of the 2018 harmonised election.
The decision was made at the party’s convention centre in Gweru.
In Mashonaland Central, the Zanu PF leaders converged in Bindura today to formalise their request forwarded to Zanu PF President and First Secretary Cde Robert Mugabe which called for an extra ordinary congress that will look at the current challenges bedevilling the party to ensure that these are resolved.
At a meeting attended by Politburo and Central Committee members, members of parliament from Mashonaland Central Province, the Women’s League, war veterans and several party members and the Provincial Executive Council presented their agreed position to the National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere.
Cde Kasukuwere welcomed the decision and noted that it sets the tone to speak with one voice in the party.
He added that the party will not harbour divisive elements who will destroy the party, further calling on party members to register under the new biometric voter registration so as to ensure a resounding victory for the party’s presidential candidate Cde Robert Mugabe.
In Masvingo, the party`s provincial political commissar, Cde Jappy Jaboon said the meeting resolved that as a province they are requesting the party’s national leadership to hold an extraordinary congress before the elections.
Zanu PF Masvingo chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira reaffirmed the province’s support for President Mugabe to be the party’s sole candidate for 2018 general elections, sentiments that were also echoed by the party`s provincial spokesperson Cde Ronald Ndaba.
The meeting was attended by the party’s provincial leadership.
Elsewhere, Matabeleland North Zanu PF party’s provincial secretary for administration, Cde Douglas Khoza read the proposal from the Politburo to endorse the extra ordinary congress for December.
The matter was then seconded by provincial coordinating committee members Cde Tshatha Mguni from Nkayi and Cde Rita Khuphe from Bubi before the entire PCC also seconded it.
Provincial chairman Cde Richard Moyo reaffirmed that President Robert Mugabe who is the only centre of power, is the party’s candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections.
“As a province we want to announce that we have unanimously agreed that the President is our candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections,” he said.
Matabeleland North Minister of State, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu urged party members to remain united and work together as it prepares for the 2018 harmonised elections.
Cde Mathuthu said; “I want to thank you for welcoming me back to the province and I also must stress that I cannot do anything by myself without your support. Therefore I would like to urge you to come together so that we work as one family as we prepare for next year`s elections”.
The Mashonaland East Zanu PF leadership has also joined other provinces in calling for the holding of an extra ordinary session of congress.
Speaking to ZBC News, the provincial secretary for information and publicity, Cde Kenneth Mutiwekuziva said the congress is necessary to reaffirm the candidature of the First Secretary and President of the party, His Excellence Cde Robert Mugabe as the sole candidate for Zanu PF in the coming 2018 presidential election among other issues.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF Manicaland Province today held a special provincial coordinating committee meeting where calls were made to ensure Zanu PF members register to vote for the 2018 elections.
The revolutionary party says it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the party supporters are rallied together to achieve total victory in next year’s elections.
Meanwhile, the Zanu PF Manicaland PEC also passed a resolution that the proposed extra-ordinary session of congress be held in December this year underscoring their commitment to the President as Zanu PF’s candidate in the 2018 elections.
The Zanu PF Manicaland Province special provincial coordinating committee meeting was attended by government officials as well as traditional leaders in a bid to ensure the message of voter registration as well as education reaches party supporters.