By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha says the party has not cleared any prospective candidate to campaign for the 2023 elections with any action to the contrary set to be met with disciplinary action.
The revolutionary ZANU PF party says the 2023 election guidelines are not yet out, hence no prospective candidate should be campaigning.
“We have received reports from a number of our provinces that aspiring candidates are canvassing for support. It is the right of every member of the party to solicit votes. Aspiring candidates will get direction from the party when the time to start campaigning is declared,” said Dr Mike Bimha, ZANU PF’s National Political Commissar.
Meanwhile, the party leadership including Dr Bimha, Secretary for Security Cde Lovemore Matuke, Secretary for Women Affairs Cde Mable Chinomona, Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde John Paradza interacted with the leadership of the party’s affiliate organisation, Vapositori 4ED at the party headquarters in Harare this Monday.
Dr Bimha said the church plays an important role in nation-building, hence the party’s desire to work with progressive religious organisations.
“ZANU PF believes in the importance of churches especially the indigenous ones like yourselves. There are some duties that the party cannot executive but churches can, the party has done roads, dams, schools, hospitals, and industries with the Ministers in government fulfilling the needs of the people,” said Dr Bimha.
Vapositori 4ED National Spokesperson Madzibaba Obey Mapuranga said they have embarked on a congregation-based mobilisation drive to ensure victory for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Congregation-based mobilisation will ensure that we spread the message about fostering development in the country. We will support our President and as churches, we are siamese twins with ZANU PF,” he said.
Zimbabwe is heading for the elections on the back of the huge success of the Second Republic in all sectors of the economy.