By BRIGHTON MURONZEREYI and BRANDON JOSPHAT
ZIMBABWE’S ruling ZANU PF has set October 26 to 29 as the dates for its national congress to be held at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare.
This comes in the backdop of the party’s factional flames that are ravaging it as it prepares to elect its presidential candidate for next year’s general elections.
In a circular dated August 1 2022 written to Zanu PF structures, the ruling party’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu said party members must start to prepare for the congress.
“The Zanu PF party constitution provides that, there shall be a national people’s congress which shall be the supreme organ of the party.
“The party constitution states that congress shall come in ordinary session once every five years.
“Accordingly, I herein notify the convening of the national people’s congress and in terms of article 5 Section 24, the national people’s congress shall be the supreme policy-making organ of the party, elect the president and first secretary, elect members of the central committee,” Mpofu said.
The former Cabinet minister said the congress was going to discuss the state of the party ahead of next year’s general elections.
“The congress will formulate, pronounce and declare all policies of the party and issue directives, rules and regulations to all organs of the party, approve the financial statements of accounts, be the supreme and ultimate authority for the implementation and supervision of the policies, directives, rules and regulation of the party.
“It has the power and authority to amend the party constitution and consider resolutions submitted to the secretary for administration,” he said.
Mpofu said those who are going to attend include members of central committee, the national consultative assembly and national council of the women’s league, youth league, and war veterans’ league, all members of the provincial executive councils, district coordination committee executives and one district executive chairperson per party district drawn from either the main body, women’s league, youth league or war veterans league.
He added that members of the party were to bring forward their resolution that they want to be discussed at the congress to the office of the secretary for administration before August 29.
This comes after presidential spokesperson George Charamba said President Emmerson Mnangagwa would seek to serve a second term in office, and will not be challenged at the congress.
Speaking to the Daily News in the light of sustained claims of fissures between Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, Charamba also emphasised that there had never been an agreement between the two men that Mnangagwa would serve one term.
“There is nothing really new about this (people who want to create a rift between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga).
“I think these are characters who have been inspired by the colonial ideology of divide and rule, hoping that it may work to weaken Zanu PF.
“They have been targeting Zanu PF’s leadership to try and draw a wedge between the president and his deputy. The two are together. They have always been together,” Charamba said.
“When I raised the claims in our briefings, it drew laughter from them. In this particular case they asked ‘who is saying this’?
“I told them it’s Jim Kunaka and Godfrey Tsenengamu. They asked ‘where were they during those days (in 2017)?’ We said they were all fired by the party.
“They asked how the two had seen the agreement when they were out of the party because some of them even gravitated towards the opposition. I jokingly said you guys are said to be divided.
“They asked me over what? I told President Mnangagwa that they are saying you promised to serve only one term. They just burst out laughing,” Charamba told the Daily News.
He said further that Mnangagwa was going to complete his two terms, adding that Tsenengamu and Kunaka’s antics were meant to sow seeds of disharmony and divide Zanu PF’s votes in next year’s elections.
“In any event, our Constitution is very clear that the president is available for re-election for two terms. We go by that Constitution until the incumbent decides otherwise.
“At law, it is his prerogative to run for two terms, which is exactly what is going to happen.
“Many Zanu PF structures, including the women’s league and youths league, have already pronounced themselves saying their candidate is going to be … President Mnangagwa.”
The women and the youth leagues have since endorsed the candidature of Mnangagwa for next year’s presidential elections. – Daily News