Congress marks paradigm shift for Zanu-PF

Congress marks paradigm shift for Zanu-PF
Published: 15 December 2017 (182 Views)
THE Zanu-PF Extra-Ordinary Congress being held here today marks a paradigm shift in the party that will see renewed efforts in addressing developmental and economic issues and cleansing it of toxic politics of counter-revolutionaries who sought to subvert its liberation ethos.

Addressing the 107th ordinary session of the Central Committee at the Zanu-PF headquarters here yesterday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the party was focusing more on productivity and moving away from too much politicking as the practice was negatively affecting the growth of the party.

He cited the Presidential Youth Interface rallies during the tenure of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, as a platform hijacked by enemies of the revolution to push for a sinister agenda that saw the purging of cadres mostly with a liberation war background by political neophytes in the party.

"The Extra-Ordinary Congress equally marks a shift in paradigm of the party as we, more than ever before, concern ourselves with the bread and butter issues that affect the people we lead. The party at all levels must give due attention to the developmental and economic issues within their wards, districts and provinces," said President Mnangagwa.

"Leaders must be truly servants of the people, moved by matters that affect the people."

President Mnangagwa said there was a need, going forward, for a more symbiotic relationship between the party and the Government ministries, departments and agencies at the grassroot level.

He said party members at all levels should take part in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Government policies and programmes in line with the tenets of participatory democracy and governance encouraged by the constitution.

The President reiterated commitment to the creation of jobs especially for the youths, saying that both Government and party would make interventions to address unemployment.
"We will not be able to accomplish much for as long as our sense of party work remains hidebound in the old template of looking at Zanu-PF as about politics, politics and politics only. Let us recognise that the best politics emerge from the marketplace where livelihoods are made. The Central Committee must be at the centre of this new dynamic era which must pervade all party work into the future," he said.

"Productivity across all sectors must be religiously encouraged, not only at a national level but at a disaggregated ward, district and provincial level. I urge us all to sleep, dream and walk in productivity. To this end, all our party members must be encouraged to do the same."

He said communities and the party's membership must always be kept abreast of the opportunities availed through various government interventions and policies.

President Mnangagwa paid tribute to the Central Committee for its resoluteness in defence of the party and freeing it from the clutches of counter revolutionaries under the moniker of the G40 faction.

"I applaud you for your boldness and courage as you did not shirk your responsibilities or flinch from taking decisions that were needful, against the adverse situation that had developed, threatening our party .

"You rose to the occasion showing and demonstrating that organs of the party, more so those at the apex, such as this one, must always show unswerving leadership for the survival of our party."

President Mnangagwa said the Central Committee, the party's highest decision making body between congresses, must assume full responsibility of repairing and re-engineering the party as well as putting it on a vibrant keel.

"This responsibility must never be abdicated or usurped for expedience. Not so much to feel pompous and indispensible, but to realise and wake up to the heavy responsibilities which it should discharge," he said.

President Mnangagwa said Central Committee members carry the huge burden of being exemplary leaders as their actions also impact on the image of the party.

He said he made the observation in light of recent developments in the party which also affected the country.

"This is with reference to attempts by a cabal of counter revolutionaries, infiltrators and foreign agents who went under the moniker of G40, to destabilise our party and hijack our revolution. As a result, their activities, the negative development in our party echoed throughout our nation, confirming that the stability of the country is inextricably tied to the stability of Zanu-PF," said President Mnangagwa.

"Thus, we must draw lessons from all this, including hard and uncomfortable ones."

It was disheartening as the party structures seemed helpless as the cabal pursued its sinister programmes using party platforms, structures and personnel, he said.

"The Interface Rallies. The majority of us thought the interface rallies were for mobilisation of Zanu-PF. No! No! No!. It was an agenda. They undermined party rules and procedures while pretending to be upholding and defending them. They undermined the leadership of the party while pretending to love and defending it. Their programme, therefore was one of subverting the party from within," he said.

President Mnangagwa said a lesson drawn from the whole fiasco is ensuring the supremacy of the party by foregrounding values and ethos and upholding its rules, procedures as well as respecting its structures and processes.

"All these must reign supreme at all times, taking precedence over individual status, wishes or predilections. Never again, should the Central Committee watch while indiscipline, personalisation and abuse of the party and its structures take toot," he said.

"From the past events within our party, it must henceforth be engrained in all of us that the party constitution is supreme and must be followed without deviation, to the spirit and letter and that no one individual or groups of individuals are superior to it.

"The constitution is the soul of our party, a strait jacket that prunes our behaviour and conduct as members, it moulds us so that we do not break, for it gives us shape and form. The duty of every genuine cadre of the party is to ensure that this holds true at every level of the party, at all times in all situations."

President Mnangagwa emphasised the need to shun retribution and vindictiveness calling on forgiveness and cadres to embrace and correct some who erred in the past as a result of being misled by the notorious G40 cabal.

Turning to elections next year, he said the Government will do everything in its power to ensure that they are credible, free and fair.  "In preparation, the party must invigorate its structures, organise, mobilise and meticulously ensure that all its members are registered to vote. We will, in the coming months, be meeting as the Central Committee to craft more concrete plans with regards these elections," he said.



- chronicle

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

PHOTOS: Black market cooking oil dealer in kombi crash

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 238 Views

Zimbabwean 'Ninja' honoured in Italy

by Agencies | 22 October 2018 | 79 Views

Mnangagwa's patience with Mangudya wearing thin

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 181 Views

Zimbabwe 'soldiers' invade shops, impose own prices

by newzimbabwe | 22 October 2018 | 183 Views

My question to Finance Minister - I smell a rat!

by Isaac Nkomah | 22 October 2018 | 135 Views

United Methodist Church embarks on clean-up campaign in Mvurwi

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 63 Views

Why Mnangagwa doesn't have the answers

by Robert Rotberg, Harvard University | 22 October 2018 | 126 Views

Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 119 Views

Mnangagwa's Cabinet: The skeletons are tumbling

by Tawanda Majoni | 22 October 2018 | 142 Views

Guruve vendors denounce local council

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 70 Views

Chiwenga goes down memory lane

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 119 Views

Army calls for 'ceasefire' in machete attacks

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 91 Views

Zanu-PF to crack whip on errant members

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 71 Views

Zanu-PF, MDC Alliance to square off again

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 87 Views

'Stolen $90,000 belonged to Sandra Ndebele'

by staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 94 Views

Mthuli Ncube defends RBZ

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 104 Views

Zimbabwe fuel usage up 100%?

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 62 Views

Man arrested over gun salute for dad

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 92 Views

Hookers descend on Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 73 Views

Murder victim relatives sought

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 78 Views

'Mthuli Ncube to clear WB, IMF debt in 12 months'

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 62 Views

Chiwenga warns fake prophets

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 71 Views

No hunger threat yet, says Zimbabwe Govt

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 41 Views

Matemadanda prepared to assist Zipra combatants

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 52 Views

MSU suspends student over demo threats

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 45 Views

Matemadanda reads riot act

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 41 Views

Khupe shocked

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 73 Views

Poachers gun down another black rhino worth $120,000 in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 34 Views

Zimbabwe bakers, retailers haggle over $5 bread

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 45 Views

Pirate taxi driver loses car to robbers

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 31 Views

Tsholotsho man killed in hit-and-run accident

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 40 Views

Teenager kills friend over empty beer bottles

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 32 Views

Mnangagwa unleashes CIO on cash barons

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 99 Views

Govt appreciates nurses' work despite challenges

by Virginia Zifesho | 22 October 2018 | 32 Views

Chamisa AU 'poll push' was a publicity stunt

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 40 Views

Long live Comrade: Constantino WaChiwenga

by Sam Wezhira | 22 October 2018 | 119 Views

'Judge me in 6 months,' says Ncube - who has ever done so in 38 years?

by Nomusa Garikai | 22 October 2018 | 83 Views

Afreximbank loan: A case of reckless credit granting

by Walter Nyabadza | 22 October 2018 | 64 Views