A Zanu-PF special Politburo meeting yesterday appointed a five-member team led by national chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to oversee the re-establishment of a District Coordinating Committee (DCC) in Harare as the ruling party intensifies preparations for 2023 harmonised elections.
DCCs were disbanded in 2012 after it was felt that they had been hijacked by elements that sought to manipulate party structures to foment factionalism and disharmony in the party.
Other members of the team, which is supposed to start work immediately, are secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu, political commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda, secretary for Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa and secretary for Security Cde Lovemore Matuke.
Addressing the media after the meeting in Harare, the ruling party’s secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the main agenda of the special Politburo session was on the preparations and election of the DCC for Harare Province.
“As you are aware, all the structures in Harare Province were dissolved and there was need to revamp the whole province. Furthermore, the party is continually remodelling and renewing itself in line with the constantly changing socio, political and economic environment.
“The thrust is in tandem with the dictates of a modern political party, therefore in pursuit of achieving fair, transparent and equitable participation by all the ranks and file of party membership,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.
He said the party will appoint six party provincial members to assist the team.
“This exercise will exclude the rank and file of the Harare province membership to avoid issues of bias which the party is aware of and which, to a large extent has been fomented by our detractors.
“The Harare provincial restructuring exercise is a deliberate strategy of the party as it strategically prepares for the national harmonised elections for 2023.
“In other words, this exercise will not just end in Harare, it will also be extended to all other provinces later on,” he said.
The exercise, Cde Khaya Moyo said presents an opportunity to ascertain the true membership of the party in the province’s six zones.
“The Politburo has therefore resolved that the DCC elections program commences today with the special Politburo meeting and will end on Sunday October 13, 2019. The full details of the program will be conveyed to the relevant officials in due course,” he added.
He called for party members to refrain from cheating during the exercise.
“The party will deal firmly with any form of cheating, vote buying, bussing of people polling stations, use of unofficial ballot papers and any other actions deemed to frustrate the process.
“We want a clean party where discipline is the order of the day and we are not going to tolerate those who act otherwise because we are empowered by the constitution to deal with such characters.
“We want people who are honest, who are committed to the party and not pretenders,” he said.
The DCC are expected to play a pivotal role in the co-ordination of party activities so that Zanu PF wins resoundingly and finishes off Nelson Chamisa's MDC in 2023 watershed elections.
This time around, Zanu-PF is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to get rid of anything that might taint its 2023 election victory. Like a phoenix, Zanu-PF is going through a renewal phase where it is shedding off its old feathers, claws and beak so that it becomes more effective in flying and hunting.
Fighting corruption has also formed the core of Zanu-PF’s renewing efforts. This has unsettled the opposition and resulted in the likes of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono calling on the MDC to help in prosecuting alleged corrupt Zanu-PF senior members than defending them.
His advice was too late, given that MDC co-vice president, deputy national chairperson and secretary for education, Tendai Biti, Job Sikhala and Advocate Fadzai Mahere, respectively, were busy representing those accused of corruption.
Biti, Sikhala and Adv Mahere, represented former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Metbank in its case against the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), respectively.