Zanu PF Politburo endorses provincial elections

by Tulip Charowa

THE Zanu PF Politburo has endorsed results of the recently held provincial executive elections saying the nationwide voting reflects on the growth of intra-party democracy in the ruling party.

This was revealed Wednesday by Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa who spoke after the Politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

Mutsvangwa said the recent internal polls will be key as the country is expected to hold by-elections in the first quarter of this year.

The new Zanu PF Provincial chairpersons are:

  • Jabulani Sibanda for Bulawayo,
  • Kazembe Kazembe – Mashonaland Central,
  • Godwills Masimirembwa – Harare Province,
  • Mike Madiro – Manicaland Province,
  • Mangaliso Ndlovu for Matabeleland South,
  • Mary Mliswa-Chikoka for Mashonaland West,
  • Robson Mavhenyengwa for Masvingo Province,
  • Daniel Garwe – Mashonaland East Province, and
  • Larry Mavima for Midlands Province.

While the elections were held last week and the provisional results announced before weekend, Zanu PF provincial elections are only endorsed by the Politburo which has yet to sit since the elections.

Winning candidates had been warned against celebrating or launching their new manifestos until their election victories were certified by Politburo.

Earlier in the day, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said time has come for the party to start mobilizing Zimbabweans for the by-elections.

“The 2023 election process is upon us. Related programs to mobilise electorate towards voter registration, inspection of voters-roll and subsequent voters education should be heightened.

“By-elections will be held during the first quarter of the year, that’s why provincial elections were held at the end of the year. Irrespective of outcomes of deliberations, the party must remain focused and result-oriented focusing on fulfilling the party manifesto,” he said.

He said the ruling party remains strong despite tensions following the holding of the provincial elections.

“Let’s nurture our democratic culture and mobilisation processes. As we all serve the party, let’s unite. An election loss must never dampen the revolutionary spirit. In all our dealings members must conduct themselves honourably. Constitutionalism, unity peace and harmony remain our compass now and into the future.

“I urge all members of the Party to be mindful of the fact that in our party there are no winners or losers its the people and party that win. Those who did not make it must avail their experiences skills and competences to build our party.”

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