Zanu PF struggles to set up structures
This comes as the ruling party provincial executive was dissolved by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in February last year to curb factionalism, which the Zanu PF leadership blames for its failure to win urban constituencies.
Harare Provincial minister Oliver Chidawu, who was tasked with restructuring the party, said he could not comment as he was out of office, while Zone 2 district coordinating committee (DCC) chairman Godfrey Gomwe said the delay was a result of a multiplicity of factors.
“Over the years, cells normally take a very long time to set up primarily because they are established by volunteers who go door-to-door writing names of members.
“The volunteers are few, so it is not easy especially given that there are no resources allocated for them to do the exercise yet you realise that out of our 29 districts, we have so far completed 22, meaning seven are outstanding.
“The issue of the G40, yes, they will probably want to take advantage and we have to be vigilant, as some of them have gone underground,” Gomwe said.
According to the initial timelines, the cell restructuring began in March last year under the supervisor of the then acting Harare chairperson Patrick Chinamasa and was supposed to have been concluded by end of April the same year.
Insiders told the Daily News on Sunday that the major reason the restructuring is taking longer than envisaged is the fact that remnants for the decimated G40 still have control over Zanu PF structures, especially in Harare South and they are allegedly sabotaging the exercise.
“It is probably Zone 2 that has made meaningful progress in terms of the cells because everywhere else, including here, it is chaos. Each time we go door-to-door to register members, they realise when they verify that the majority have links to the G40 in one way or the other and we are almost always forced to start again,” said a Zone 4 official.
Gomwe said the process is going to be further delayed by procedural issues which dictate that after the cells are completed, the lists must be forwarded to national political commissar Victor Matemadanda for approval.
Interestingly, the DCCs were set up late last year despite the gaps that still exist regarding the lower structures that, apart from the cells also include wards and branches.
“That question as to how the DCCs came about without lower structures does not arise because the circular we received required that all card-carrying members from the dissolved wards, cells and branches were allowed to vote,” Gomwe explained.
Before Chinamasa and Chidawu, Mnangagwa initially appointed his deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi to oversee the restructuring of Harare and Bulawayo as part of “an elaborate effort to breathe life in jurisdictions that have been dominated by opposition political formations in the past two decades”.
Zanu PF struggles to set up structures
BISHOPS from the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Churches Council yesterday called on main opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to accept the July 2018 election results and let the country move forward.
This comes as the defiant opposition leader has continuously questioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, maintaining that the election was rigged by the ruling Zanu PF.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Churches Council National Prayer Conference at the National Sports Stadium in Harare yesterday, Bishop Rodreck Makusha of Deeper Life Ministries claimed the opposition leader’s refusal to assent to the election results was now stopping the country from moving forward.
“Kana wadyiwa chibvumawo nyika ienderere mberi hatizive mangwana kana uri mupenyu uchatongawo (Please accept defeat, perhaps tomorrow you will win, if you are still alive),” mocked Makusha.
Family of God Church (Fog) Apostle Andrew Wutawunashe also waded into the matter, expressing solidarity with the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) — which Chamisa has refused to be part of, saying any meaningful dialogue should be between the main opposition and Zanu PF.
“If we continue politicking we will not progress. Let’s fully focus on vision 2030 and not on futile politicking disputes which feed no one,” Wutawunashe said.
This comes as other church groupings such as the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) have been calling for dialogue between Mnangagwa and Chamisa.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa promised the indigenous churches free land after they complained that they were left out in the land distribution.
“Mapa chichemo chekuti pakauya varungu vakarwisa madzitateguru edu, vakabva vapa makereke avakuya navo nzvimbo dzekuti vavake makereke avo.
“Saka mukukumbirawo kuti monodawo kuwana mukana wakadero kupiwawo pachena pekuti muvake makereke. (I have heard your grievance that when white people invaded Zimbabwe, they gave churches with foreign roots land and you as indigenous churches also want to be given land as well.)
“Let me assure you that the responsible authorities will look into the matter with the urgency it deserves. I will instruct that all government entities and authorities should be able to allocate you land wherever you want to build your churches. We will give you free State land.
“Equally we have established institutions to deal with issues relating to women and people with disabilities, among others,” he said.
In attendance were bishops and representatives from indigenous churches across the country, notable among them from Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries (PHD), United Family International Church (UFIC), Zion Christian Church, Family of God, Mugodi and El Shaddai Ministries.