Zanu PF dangling plots to woo youths, women
ZANU PF is dangling plots to women and youth around the country as it aims to attain five million members and ensure it cruises to victory in the 2023 harmonised elections, the Daily News can report.
This comes as the ruling party is currently holding ideological lessons for its members, amid fears that creeping indiscipline and factionalism could torpedo Zanu PF electoral prospects.
In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Zanu PF political commissar Victor Matemadanda, pictured, said the party wanted to empower women and youths regardless of political affiliation.
“We are sending people to the Chitepo School of Ideology to teach them about the supremacy of the party over the government.
“We are also speaking about discipline. We are targeting five million votes in 2023, and we are looking for the membership from across the country,” Matemadanda said.
“The strategy of mobilisation that we have is empowerment. We want to make sure that every household has a production hub. We want to resuscitate the community projects that we had in the 1980s.
“This initiative is looking at the disadvantaged, and war veterans. We are mulling giving land to the youths and women so that they have their own plots.
“People should mobilise around empowerment programmes, there should be structures for development in every community, so we are proposing to have model settlements targeting youths and women, purely it is about empowerment,” said Matemadanda.
Last week, the escalating factional fights in Zanu PF forced Matemadanda to engage suspended party youth leaders Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu amid fears that the ruling party’s target of five million votes could be dashed by infighting.
Zanu PF, which has often been accused of using its power of incumbency to manipulate the electorate through vote-buying, is targeting the elusive urban vote.
On one hand Zanu PF is hunting the urban vote, while on the other the MDC is knocking on rural areas trying to convince voters of the ruling party to change heart.