Zanu PF members have been warned against supporting any other presidential candidate except President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the party candidates in the coming polls.
The warning was made at the Zanu PF inter-district conference held at Lwendulu Hall in Hwange, Matabeleland North Province.
The revolutionary party is convinced that elements from the opposition aligned to former President Robert Mugabe are pursuing the ‘bhora musango strategy,’ aimed at influencing candidates who lost in the Zanu PF primary elections and their supporters to vote for the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa.
Zanu PF National Youth Secretary for Education, Cde Wellington Tagarira said those who adopt the ‘bhora musango strategy’ are as good as opposition members who will never want to see Zanu PF succeed in any elections.
“If you follow the ‘bhora musango strategy,’ you are now in support of Mugabe and his wife. Do you hear me comrades? You are also not different from the MDC people. Already we have got one of our former national member, Aleck Nyakuwara, I think most of you know him. He has joined NPF and he is aiming at regrouping those who lost in the primary elections,” said Cde Tagarira.
The message was the same in Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Manicaland provinces.
“Supporting candidates who won in the primary elections will ensure a resounding victory for the revolutionary party in the general elections,” Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Perrance Shiri said, while addressing party members at Mukosa in Rushinga.
Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Chairperson, Cde Kazembe Kazembe said a vocational training centre will soon be established in Rushinga as requested by the people.
“Here in Masvingo, we are leaving no stone unturned in terms of preparations. Let me urge all the winning and losing candidates in the primary elections that it is now time to work together so that the party wins the harmonised elections resoundingly. Some think that after winning the primary elections, they have already won the general elections. That is not true, we all need to work hard,” said Cde Lovemore Matuke, who is also the ruling party’s Chief Whip.
“It is time for reconciliation between winning and losing candidates in order for the party to adequately prepare for the national polls,” said Cde Omega Hungwe, the party’s Deputy National Political Commissar, who was speaking in Chipinge Central, Manicaland to drum up support for the winning candidate, Cde Raymore Machingura.
Cde Hungwe also took a swipe at the opposition MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa for lying to the electorate and giving false promises, stating that currently the MDC-T continues to lose direction and is at its lowest ebb.
Zanu PF leaders felt it is time the party revisits the formation of cells in the future to avoid the challenges encountered during the primary elections last month.
Meanwhile, the party leadership urged members to physically check their names in the voters roll since text messages are not providing all the information for registered voters.