Mugabe-led Zanu-PF would have lost elections, Matematanda says

Cde Victor Matemadanda

Cde Victor Matemadanda

Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter
CHANCES are very high that Zanu-PF would have lost next year’s elections if it had fielded Cde Robert Mugabe as its presidential candidate, a senior official said yesterday.

Speaking during a Zanu-PF Bulawayo inter-district meeting at the party’s Davies Hall provincial headquarters, the National Commissar, Cde Victor Matemadanda, said the populace and the party had become disillusioned with the actions of former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe.

“Zanu-PF was going to lose the 2018 elections had we continued with the former president as our candidate. This is largely because he (Cde Mugabe) had allowed his wife (Mrs Grace Mugabe) working in cahoots with the professor of succession (Prof Jonathan Moyo) and that dangerous boy called Tyson (Mr Saviour Kasukuwere) to destroy the party from within,” he said.

Cde Matemadanda said Zanu-PF would not move forward if there is no discipline within the party.

“The aspirations of the liberation struggle which we fought for can now be achieved following Operation Restore Legacy. When we fight in a revolution we don’t fight for personal glory, but for everyone and this fight should benefit the party. We want discipline in the party,” he said.

Cde Matemadanda said there was a need to re-orient youths who were swayed into supporting G40 by giving them a chance to reform instead of purging them.

He also challenged district chairpersons to play a leading role in mobilising support at grassroots level.

“We must strive to put Zanu-PF forward through building structures for the party starting at cell level. We are going to restructure the party by putting the right people in key positions. I also urge the party to work with war veterans,” said Cde Matemadanda.

He said the party would revisit the issue of ex-Zipra cadres who were deregistered from being war veterans under unclear circumstances.

“There are Zipra cadres who were deregistered. As a party, we want to re-look into that after the Extra-ordinary Congress so that it is corrected. Sadly such disgruntled people who were affected are now working with the opposition,” Cde Matemadanda said.

The province unanimously endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate in next year’s elections.

It also resolved that newly appointed Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Cde Angeline Masuku be elevated into the Central Committee.
Cde Masuku is a member of the National Consultative Assembly.

The ruling party’s Bulawayo provincial secretary for administration Cde Elphas Mashava read out the resolution.

The meeting also endorsed the resolution by the Central Committee declaring President Mnangagwa as the party’s First Secretary and candidate in next year’s harmonised elections following the recall of former President, Cde Mugabe, last month during a special Central Committee meeting held at the party’s headquarters.

The Central Committee is Zanu-PF’s highest decision-making organ outside Congress.

President Mnangagwa’s election as the Zanu-PF President and First Secretary will be ratified at the Extra-Ordinary Congress which starts in Harare this week.

The province also endorsed the expulsion of several party members on various charges including former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Mrs Grace Mugabe, who was the Secretary for Women Affairs.

Cde Matemadanda warned party members in Bulawayo against retribution in the aftermath of Operation Restore Legacy, saying members should direct their energy towards mobilising massive support for the party ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

“We are all aware that Zanu-PF had been hijacked by individuals in the mould of a faction called G40, a brainchild of Prof Moyo. The faction had become a serious problem everywhere until the commanders of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) came to our rescue through Operation Restore Legacy. We therefore don’t want party members who want to revenge. We are saying no to retribution and this is the message that I have brought to you from President ED Mnangagwa and the Central Committee,” he said.

Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chairman Cde Callistus Ndlovu also commended Operation Restore Legacy, saying it corrected what was wrong.

“The party is more important than individuals and anyone who thinks otherwise is not a worthy leader. We therefore applaud Operation Restore Legacy for correcting what was wrong,” he said. — @mashnets.

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  • Kachembere kekwaChivi

    Where is George Mlala? Sewangena phansi njengomswenya. Kkkkkk

    • Ijaha leNkabazwe

      He is in Malaysia helping the Old Man with those other services that Ntombizodwa needs

      • Jotham

        I’m reliably informed that Zodwa is serially abusing the dodderer. ED’ s must discreetly check on our senior citizen and mount an urgent rescue operation, if need be.

  • Cde Distrinoviskos Makonikov

    Now the war veterans are back to Zanu PF enmass. Hope this is not a continuation of the politics of violence against opposition. Hopefully they believe in free and fair elections and will hand over power if they lose an election

  • Dumakude

    Its funny that Jonathan is being blamed for G40 alone by these dunderhead veterans, why not blame the wife of the former president as well.

  • zibulo

    who cares , this is not a national matter, its a ZANU matter , ZANU is like any other political party , but this paper makes it like ZANU is Zimbabwe. Can this paper please update/inform Zimbabweans about the moves and actions of other Political Groupings too; They are there but this paper is so pathetically and unashemadley partisan to ZANU . It has never spoken about the ills we have from Mgabe/ZANU at all. It means they have been broadcasting lies

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Only a FOOL would vote for zany party.

  • Bhalagwe survivor

    Surely, Mutemadanda knows that it is a Zanu pf strategy to glorify Zanla as the only wing that fought the liberation war as further cemented by having a Mashava in Bulawayo’s provincial committee to promulgate tribal powers. The next first vice president should come from Zipra side if its a fair and level political field.

  • qondani

    They always lost and rigged elections

  • Bra Neo

    I hear uMlala was seen hiding under Mrs Mphoko’s petticoats on their way from Botswana.