Elections the only way to end GPA row
by Ndou Paul
ZANU-PF says elections are the only way to resolve the conflict between political parties in the Inclusive Government, the party’s chairman for Harare Province Cde Amos Midzi has said.
At the same time, the party’s national political commissar, Cde Webster Shamu, has urged churches to teach their members how to make full use of such gains of the liberation struggle as the indigenisation programme.
Addressing Zanu-PF youths at a rally in Mbare, Cde Midzi said the party would stand by the resolutions made at the people’s annual conference in Mutare last year that elections should go ahead this year with or without the MDC formations. Cde Midzi said the party was geared for the polls and would win resoundingly.
“We want to solve the problems which have be-devilled the country during the time of this useless marriage and we are saying let’s go for elections now without further delay.
“We are behind President Mugabe on this issue as this is now time for separation. As a party we are prepared to have elections this year and Zimbabwe cannot be held to ransom by one political party.
“We are confident of victory as most people have realised they blundered by voting MDC in 2008. Now it is time to vote for a party with a history, which is Zanu-PF,” he said.
He challenged youths to get registered.
Meanwhile, Zanu-PF national political commissar, Cde Webster Shamu, has urged the church to denounce neo-colonialism and uphold the aspirations of those who fought for the liberation of the country.
Cde Shamu, who is also the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, said this while addressing hundreds of Johanne Masowe weChishanu members in Highfield yesterday.
He said Zanu-PF appreciated Christians’ contributions to the development of the country since the liberation struggle.
Cde Shamu noted that Johanne Masowe weChishanu was one of those churches which were not tolerated by the colonisers.
“Your ideology of supporting blacks resulted in you being blacklisted by the settler regime. They wanted you to follow their churches so that they would have dominance over you in all sectors but you remained resolute. You saw the dangers of imperialism and fought those who wanted to see themselves as a superior race,” he said.
He said churches should also benefit from the Government’s indigenisation programme.
Leader of the Highfield sect Madzibaba David Chikobvu said the country’s destiny lay in the hands of blacks.
“The history of the church has it that we don’t follow what the whites want. We are blacks and likewise we must be led by a black person,” he said.
He said the churches and Government should continue working together for the development of the nation.