The President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, Cde Robert Mugabe has castigated a new culture of indiscipline in the party, saying no one can dictate issues as an individual as there are rules and ways to be followed when one joins Zanu PF.
President Mugabe was delivering his opening key note address at the 16th Zanu PF annual National People’s Conference in Masvingo this Friday afternoon.
“There is a new culture of indiscipline in the party. When you join the party there are rules to be adhered to and ways to be followed. You cannot dictate what happens in the party. No one person should stand up and say the party must do this or that…..
“Vamwe varikuti VaMugabe hatichavada, ko zvino unoti saka zviitwe sei iwe pachako, vamwe vazhinji mu party vachivada, it does matter kuti uri ani…Hukuru mu party hauuye nokuti ava ngavabve tipindewo isusu. Ko ndopfungwa dzevanhu here? (Some are saying the President must step down…..so what should be done since the majority still want him to lead? Ascending into leadership position does not come through saying so and so must step down so that I get in…….is that the view of the people?),” said President Mugabe.
The Zanu PF First Secretary also reiterated his previous call for party leaders to desist from settling disputes through the social media, saying this is tantamount to washing dirty linen in the public.
“Vakuru vedu mu party (senior leaders in the party), we do not settle matters of the party through twitter or facebook or any social media platforms. There are platforms in the party such as the politburo, the central committee, which then report to congress. But it doesn’t help to have newspapers intervening in our issues. How do you have newspapers getting to know our issues in the party? Izvo zvirikuitwa nevakuru kwete nevadiki (it is the senior leadership who are guilty of this, not the youths),” Cde Mugabe said.
President Mugabe urged party members not to be used by the media, saying had it not been for the Zanu PF stories they write on a daily basis, some of them would have folded.
Turning to the conference agenda, President Mugabe said apart from discussing the economy, the conference will look at the state of the party, adding that the annual conference will look at the party from the angle of each and every member of the party.
“Only then shall we be able to say we met and discussed and are truly ready for the year to come. All these views must be analyzed and find consolidation and oneness in our resolutions. Resolutions which will guide us in the year 2017,” he said.
President Mugabe said Zanu PF remains strong such that its detractors are now in disarray, adding that the opposition have practically no idea on how the economy or country can be transformed.
He reiterated that there shall not be regime change in Zimbabwe, saying the fight to defend Zanu PF and government polices and programmes is still on so as to fully implement ZIM ASSET.
President Mugabe said the year 2016 the country experienced drought but no one will die of hunger, and he lauded Dr Joseph Made – Agriculture. Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister and Cde Prisca Mupfumira – Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister – for working flat out in that regard.
President Mugabe noted that this year’s conference is being held when rains have come and it promises to be a good agricultural season for the country.
“Our conference is talking place at a time when the heavens have opened up, promising a good season. The rains have blessed us with a cool weather, one conducive for us to engage in our theme which is ‘Moving With Zim Asset In Peace And Unity’. The theme is both timely and relevant, as delegates we are all expected to partake in economic activities…in various sectors.
“At the conference we anticipate robust, informed debates and presentations. Ministers will inform the conference on progress in their portfolios,” he said.
President Mugabe expressed gratitude to sister liberation movements, including ANC deputy president Cde Cyril Ramaphosa, for gracing the conference, urging that spirit of oneness to continue.