Zanu-PF Masvingo Province has passed a resolution endorsing President Mnangagwa as the party’s Presidential candidate in the next elections in 2023 to afford him ample time to fulfil his vision of making Zimbabwe a middle-income economy by 2030.
The party’s Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) on Sunday said President Mnangagwa’s endorsement was the first among several resolutions from Masvingo Province that will be tabled at the forthcoming Zanu-PF Annual National People’s Conference to be held in Esigodini.
The development comes as the Zanu-PF Youth League here recently announced that they were backing President Mnangagwa to be the Zanu-PF Presidential candidate in the next polls due five years from now.
Speaking after the PCC meeting held at Victoria Junior Primary School, Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chair Cde Ezra Chadzamira said the province endorsed President Mnangagwa to remain at the helm of the party.
Cde Chadzamira, who is also Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, said the province also stood guided by the national Constitution that allowed a President to serve for not more than two terms.
President Mnangagwa’s first constitutional Presidential term started from this year and will run until the next polls in 2023.
The Zanu-PF leader will be eligible to run for another five-year term up to 2028, which will be his last according to the national Constitution.
“We came up with resolutions for our forthcoming Annual National People’s Conference and President Mnangagwa’s endorsement as our party leader into the 2023 elections is actually on top of the resolutions that will be tabled by Masvingo Province,” said Cde Chadzamira.
“Our national Constitution is very clear that a President can only serve for two terms, which means we have our President for the next two terms in President Mnangagwa. So, as Zanu-PF Masvingo, we feel there is no need now to talk about who will be the Presidential candidate in 2023 because we already have someone there, who is President Mnangagwa.
“So, what we are saying clearly as Zanu-PF Masvingo is that our resolution is that our Constitution is very clear that President Mnangagwa is there until 2023 when we will have elections again.”
Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial spokesperson Cde Ronald Ndava said President Mnangagwa’s endorsement to remain at the helm of the party was motivated by the sterling job he was doing as the country’s leader.
“We resolved that President Mnangagwa should remain at the helm because of the good work that he is doing to develop the country’s economy,” he said.
“There are many positive things that the President is doing such as re-engaging the international community and rolling out programmes such as Command Agriculture to make sure Zimbabwe achieves food self-sufficiency.”
Cde Ndava said the ruling party in Masvingo fully backed President Mnangagwa’s anti-corruption crusade.
He said laws should be tightened to make sure those caught in the anti-graft dragnet were jailed.
In his address at the PCC meeting, Zanu-PF secretary for security Cde Lovemore Matuke said now that the ruling party won the July 30 polls, focus should be on developmental projects that uplift the lives of ordinary people.
Cde Matuke suggested that a separate PCC meeting, devoid of political issues, be scheduled, whose beat will only be to discuss developmental projects that economically benefit the province.
The endorsement could be a killer hammer to an alleged faction aligned to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, believed to be pushing for Mnangagwa to run just for one term.
This is despite the fact that Chiwenga was very instrumental in bringing Mnangagwa to power last year during a military takeover which deposed former president Robert Mugabe.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, viewed as harbouring presidential ambitions, is reportedly keen on seeing Mnangagwa serving only a single term and allowing him to serve his own as the country’s number one.
Chiwenga, 61, has never publicly revealed his presidential ambitions but is said to be the de-facto State leader, often issuing far reaching decisions within government corridors.
There are strong indications Chiwenga was drafting in former military personnel into Zanu-PF in attempts to create a more pliant support base which will one day come in handy in supporting his bid for Presidency.