ZANU-PF Bulawayo province has started organising funds to fulfil President Mugabe’s pledge to donate cattle to the African Union (AU).
Zanu-PF provincial chairman Cde Dennis Ndlovu said the province has set up a committee to mobilise resources which is chaired by the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo.
Cde Ndlovu said the committee was set up during last Saturday’s Provincial Coordinating Committee held at the party’s provincial headquarters, Davies Hall.
Cde Ndlovu said members are free to donate in cash or kind for the pledge to be fulfilled. President Mugabe has been hailed for his initiative to push for a self-reliant Africa and the cattle donation has been viewed as a step that should be emulated by other African states.
ZANU-PF has won the Kwekwe Constituency Ward 5 council by-election that was held over the weekend.
The ruling party’s candidate Cde Assum Musa polled 817 votes while his rival Mr Clever Ndlovu (Independent) had 334 votes.
The election was necessitated by the death of Councillor Aaron Sithole in March.
Clr Sithole (MDC-T) was Kwekwe City Council deputy mayor. Zanu-PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mpereri confirmed the result.
President Mugabe yesterday slammed factionalism in Zanu-PF, saying those interested in leadership positions should wait for Congress time where they can put up their names as required by the revolutionary party’s constitution.
The Zanu-PF First Secretary said divisions had reached unprecedented levels, with some party officials visiting sangomas or n’angas for them to land leadership posts.
President Mugabe made the remarks in Marondera while addressing his first provincial meeting with Zanu-PF youths ahead of the harmonised elections next year.
The meeting was attended by thousands of Zanu-PF members and the party’s affiliates.
President Mugabe said since the formation of the first liberation movement, the National Democratic Party in the 1950s, party leaders were elected on merit, without lobbying.
VIOLENT scenes erupted at Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial headquarters, Davies Hall, yesterday when rival groups clashed during a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting.
The violence saw provincial youth league chairperson Cde Anna Mokgohloa being assaulted by war veterans, while Bulawayo Central District chairperson Cde Magura Charumbira was stabbed in the head and face.
Youths and war veterans laid an almost six-hour siege at the hall while Central Committee members, Politburo members, provincial executives and legislators were holed up inside.
Anti-riot police had to be called in to control youths who were trying to stop the executive from holding the meeting, accusing the provincial leadership of supporting under fire national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere.
Cde Kasukuwere is accused of fanning factionalism and forming parallel structures in the party. Central Committee member Cde Butholezwe Ngwenya and party youths Cdes Cosmas Ncube and Maqhawe Sibanda were arrested following Cde Charumbira’s attack.
By end of day yesterday, police were reportedly still rounding up youths involved in the violent clashes.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday reportedly cancelled the Zanu PF politburo meeting, initially scheduled for today, to entertain his guest, Lesotho’s King Letsie III, who is in the country on a four-day State visit.
Today’s meeting was expected to seal the fate of the party’s embattled political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere after all the party’s 10 provinces recently passed a vote of no-confidence in him.
Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo confirmed the cancellation, saying Mugabe had a busy schedule this week.
“Yes, the politburo has been postponed and all members are advised of the same. The President has a guest, so he has a busy schedule with the visiting King,” he said.
Mugabe is today set to leave for Victoria Falls to join the Lesotho monarch on a boat cruise in the Zambezi River.
Cde Thokozile Mathuthu is the new Zanu-PF Women’s League deputy secretary, taking over from the deposed Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo.
Zanu-PF secretary for administration Dr Ignitius Chombo made the announcement at the burial of the wife of the Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba, Olivia Charamba, in Mutorashanga today.
Cde Mathuthu, who is Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, was the wing’s secretary for information and publicity.
EMBATTLED Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere could have fuelled further divisions within the ruling party’s provincial structures yesterday when he reportedly met with five chairpersons after the other five snubbed him, arguing they would only recognise him after he was cleared by the politburo.
Yesterday’s meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare was Kasukuwere’s first following weeks of nationwide protests and petitions aimed at jettisoning him from his post as political commissar.
Under-fire Mashonaland Central chairperson Dickson Mafios, who is Kasukuwere’s half-brother, confirmed the meeting took place. “Yes, I have just been to the meeting. We discussed the ongoing restructuring exercise in the party,” he said. “The restructuring will go ahead because we have to complete it and be ready for elections next year.
“President (Robert) Mugabe is our candidate and is still very popular, but we need to make sure we have active structures on the ground.”
Mafios said the meeting was attended by Harare provincial chairperson Charles Tawengwa, Mashonaland Central (Mafios himself), Mashonaland East’s Bernard Makokove, Bulawayo’s Dennis Ndlovu, Matabeleland North’s Richard Moyo and Midlands was reportedly “represented by their political commissar (Makhosini Hlongwane)”.
LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has again dragged his fellow Zanu PF party mate, Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha, to court, claiming $500 000 as defamation damages after the latter allegedly insinuated he (Kasukuwere) harboured intentions to topple President Robert Mugabe from power.
In the summons filed on May 9 this year at the High Court by Kasukuwere, who is also Zanu PF political commissar, the minister accused Dinha of having caused the publication of a defamatory article in The Sunday Mail entitled “The Tyson-Malema unholy alliance”.
Kasukuwere said the article quoted Dinha stating that he (Kasukuwere) was “working with Julius Malema because they both share the ambition to take over power from Presidents Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma respectively”.
Kasukuwere further said in the same article, Dinha is also quoted as having said: “They both (Kasukuwere and Malema) see themselves as young leaders who share the same ambition. The allegations are that they are working together and they share strategies. I know for certain that his younger brother . . . travels to South Africa frequently as he is the point person for the interactions with Malema because of his links there.
Cde Ezra Chadzamira has retained the Masvingo provincial Zanu-PF chairmanship after he beat his rival Retired Colonel Mutero Masanganise with 29 543 votes against a paltry 1 080 votes in a one sided election re-run held on Saturday.
The first polls held in February were inconclusive after only 64 percent of the voting centres were accessed due to the incessant rains.
During the abandoned poll Cde Chadzamira was leading with 12 393 while Rtd Col Masanganise had 4 888.
Cde Chadzamira who was suspended as chairman early last year but the suspension was lifted by the Politburo last December, won convincingly in all 408 polling stations.
Zanu-PF polls to elect the Masvingo provincial chairperson scheduled for today have been thrown into disarray following the withdrawal of Retired Colonel Mutero Masanganise.
Rtd Col Masanganise, who cited a litany of alleged irregularities in his withdrawal letter was scheduled to battle it out against former provincial chairperson Cde Ezra Chadzamira.
But co-supervisor of the polls and ruling party Politburo member Cde Cain Mathema said yesterday that the elections would go ahead as scheduled today with Rtd Col Masanganise’s name on the ballot.
Rtd Col Masanganise announced his withdrawal through a letter addressed to the party’s secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo dated May 2, 2017.
He made several allegations against the party’s top leadership, including the recipient of the letter, Cde Chombo.
President Robert Mugabe’s nationwide rallies are set to begin in Marondera on May 20 as mobilising for support ahead of the 2018 elections start.
The Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial youth executive is scheduled to meet today in Harare to prepare for Mugabe’s first “meet the youths” tour, which will be held at Rudhaka Stadium.
The party’s national youth league boss Kudzai Chipanga and his executive members are expected to address today’s meeting.
Provincial youth league chairperson Kevin Mutsvairo confirmed today’s youth league meeting, saying the event was meant to “welcome” the veteran leader who will be in the province to meet the youths.
Embattled zanu-pf national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has summoned all the party’s provincial chairpersons for a meeting in Harare on Wednesday, but faces resistance as the same officials passed a vote of no confidence on him.
All the provincial chairpersons except Bulawayo recently passed a vote of no confidence on Cde Kasukuwere who stands accused of creating parallel structures allegedly in a bid to oust President Mugabe.
Cde Kasukuwere has also fallen out of favour with war veterans who now want someone with liberation credentials to head the commissariat department. The argument is that Cde Kasukuwere is causing divisions in the ruling party when his chief mandate is mass mobilisation.
Cde Kasukuwere’s commissariat department sent messages to all the provincial chairpersons informing them about Wednesday meeting.
“Good afternoon comrades there will be mobilisation meeting on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 10am in the commissariat boardroom 3rd Floor zanu-pf headquarters. Please bring your reports with updates on restructuring and state of the party,” reads the message.
But provincial chairpersons who spoke to The Herald last night expressed reservations about the meeting.
They said provinces passed a vote of no confidence on Cde Kasukuwere and it was important that the issues they raised in their petitions be addressed first. Cde Kasukuwere, they said, was jumping the gun.