MEMBERS who fail to wear Zanu PF party regalia at the ruling party’s meetings will be made to pay a US$10, newly-elected Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson Mary Mliswa-Chikoka has ordered.
Mliswa-Chikoka who is also Mashonaland West Minister of State for provincial affairs and devolution defied the odds to become the first female provincial chairperson for the governing Zanu PF.
She wasted no time after being confirmed the new chair and told fellow newly-elected provincial leaders during the inaugural joint council meeting in Chinhoyi. Failure to wear party regalia at its meetings attracts a fine of US$10, she ordered.
“When attending a PCC meeting make an effort to wear regalia whether it’s a scarf or something that symbolises the party, let’s keep regalia in our bags, failure to wear a regalia you pay a fine,” Mliswa-Chikoka said.
“It’s your duty as secretaries for finance to start mobilising funds within the members with no party regalia, they pay a fine of US $10.”
Fellow Zanu PF leaders in the province agreed with their new boss.
“It’s good leadership. We must lead by example so party regalia should be worn to show love and that we are proud of our party,” said the party’s District Coordinating Committee Chegutu Chairperson Brian Chinyama.
Zanu PF Women’s League Mashonaland West Deputy Political Commissar Joyleen Munduna said: “Those who were elected at provincial level means that he or she is a senior member who understands what it really means, I think it’s a noble idea to market the party at this time we are heading for by elections.”
Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial office Administrator Phanuel Chikomba said wearing party regalia showed love and is another way of marketing Zanu PF.
Mliswa-Chikoka said she was geared to steer the party’s mobilisation drive ahead of by-elections set for March this year as well as the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Everything is on go we have no time to waste the by elections dates have been announced we are going to verify the restructuring and we have a mobilisation team everyone has energy and we are all excited,” she said.
Mliswa-Chikoka romped to victory after defeating Information Deputy Minister Kindness Paradza, former Zanu PF Mashonaland West youth league leader Vengai Musengi and ex-ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere.
In the women’s league polls, Constance Shamu came out victorious, while Tapiwa Masenda clinched the chairperson post of the youth league.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF primary elections were set to be held today, but party commissar Mike Bimha last night announced they had been postponed to tomorrow.