ED PFEE 2023: President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s star shines ahead of Zanu PF congress


In a show of confidence and trust in President Mnangagwa’s leadership, Zanu-PF Harare Metropolitan province has unanimously endorsed and reaffirmed him as the party’s sole candidate for 2023 presidential elections.

The endorsement was cross-cutting among the resolutions that came out of the National Youth, Women’s and Veterans League conferences held recently.

“As Harare province, we are saying President ED Mnangagwa is our sole presidential candidate for 2023,” provincial chairman Cde Masimirembwa said while presenting the resolutions to provincial delegates ahead of the National people’s Congress to be held in the coming week.

President Dr Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is the ruling party’s First Secretary, is leading the country towards the attainment of Vision 2030, which seeks to create an upper middle-income economy.

The provincial inter district conference was held at Mbare Netball Complex and in attendance were district chairpersons all wings, DCCs, PCC, National Executives, Central Committee and Politburo members.

This comes after ZANU PF Bulawayo and Matabeleland South Provinces, last month, endorsed President Mnangagwa as the sole candidate in next year’s harmonised national elections and as the party’s First Secretary and President ahead of its 7th Congress end of October.

The congress will be held at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare from 26 to 29 October.

ZANU PF’s War Veterans League which elected Cde Headman Moyo as Deputy Secretary for the wing’s first national executive at its inaugural elective conference also endorsed President Mnangagwa as the party’s sole Presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

In his remarks after the election, Cde Moyo said war veterans have endorsed President Mnangagwa as the party’s sole Presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections and would hit the ground running to mobilise for the ruling party.

“This inaugural conference was a resounding success. The coordination, unity, comradeship and spirit exhibited during the course of the conference was unparalleled. We thank the war veterans for endorsing His Excellency as the sole candidate for the 2023 harmonised elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, the move by war veterans to endorse Mnangagwa has been interpreted as a calculated move to frustrate Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who is strongly believed to be highly ambitious and gunning for the top job.

Mnangagwa is locked in a cut-throat battle with Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga over the party’s unresolved leadership issue following the toppling of the late former president Robert Mugabe.

Inside sources said after Mnangagwa reneged on the deal with Chiwenga prior to the November 2017 military coup that ousted the late former president Robert Mugabe to serve only one term and allow his deputy to come in 2023, gloves are now off within the ruling party over unresolved leadership issues.

“The fallout within the party leadership is serious. We are heading for battle royale between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga ahead of congress,” a source said.

“That is how politics within Zanu PF and state institutions is currently shaping up. The unresolved leadership question can no longer be managed and swept under the carpet; it has got to be settled politically, and that means through congress.”

The source added: “When Mnangagwa took over, there was a clear understanding that he will not seek re-election in 2023. However, Chiwenga and others were shocked to see him telling the world in an interview in September 2018 during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York that he would seek re-election in 2023. That was never agreed.”

After that, Mnangagwa and his allies moved a gear up and launched a campaign during the December 2018 Zanu PF conference at Mzingwane High School in Esigodini for him to serve two terms.

“At that time, it became clear Mnangagwa had broken ranks and reneged on the deal,” another source said.

— Herald/NewsHawks

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