Zanu PF ups preparations for early polls
Zanu PF has reportedly started drafting guidelines for its party primary elections ahead of general elections which President Robert Mugabe wants to be held later this year.Simon Khaya Moyo, the party’s national chairman, told Zanu PF leaders in Matabeleland at the weekend that the party’s secretary for legal affairs Emmerson Mnangagwa was finalising the ground rules.
“The national chairman said the party’s legal department was finalising the rules and regulations to be used as a guide for holding primary elections in preparation for the national elections to be held this year,” said a party insider.He did not get into detail on what was being drafted, but said the regulations would be released soon. He said afterwards there would be a special politburo meeting to deliberate on the rules before they were circulated to the provinces.
During the same meeting, the party’s second secretary Vice-President John Nkomo reiterated that elections would be held this year. The no-holds-barred closed-door meeting, held at Elangeni Training Centre in Bulawayo, was attended by senior Zanu PF members from the Matabeleland region.
“The Vice-President said there was no going back on elections this year as the Global Political Agreement had expired. He urged members to be resolute and accused MDC-T of trying to incite violence to paint a bad picture of the country to the rest of the world through foreign media like CNN and BBC,” said a party source.The party leadership also resolved to revive stalled developmental projects in the region to lure back support.
Some of the projects include the Ekusileni Hospital — a brainchild of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo — that has been lying idle for more than 10 years, and the National University of Science and Technology Medical School, whose take-off has been delayed for unclear reasons.The meeting was called by Nkomo and Moyo as part of efforts to unite the party ahead of elections. Moyo barred journalists from attending the meeting and afterwards declined interviews, referring questions to fellow politburo member Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.
Ndlovu said the meeting focused on lack of development in the region, but insiders said the no-holds-barred meeting had discussed thorny issues that include factionalism and the recent auction of farm implements.The party, sources said, wanted to distribute the implements among its members during campaigns.