The party two weeks ago launched its 2013 election manifesto with the theme: ‘Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment’ but most of the party’s material such as posters and regalia carries the 2008 campaign theme which was ‘100% Empowerment and Total Independence’.
One of the expired posters, which had Mugabe‘s portrait and was posted at the party’s district offices in Tshabalala, had the words ‘2008’ erased.
“We are still waiting for the new posters which have the current theme. In the meantime the information and publicity department has told us to improvise and use the 2008 posters. Even some of our T-shirts were used in 2008,” said a party district official, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.
Some party youths who spoke to The Zimbabwean said the delay in the arrival of the campaign material had seriously affected the party’s programme.
“We are forced to use white paint to erase some of the out dated and irrelevant information on the old posters. Our political competitors have covered a lot of ground in terms of campaigning. That is not good for our party,” said one youth who was putting up the old posters in Famona.
Zanu (PF) is said to be facing serious financial challenges, which has led to the party extending its begging bowl to China. The Chinese reportedly came to the rescue of the party by donating more than one million campaign T-shirts and other materials.
Addressing a recent central committee meeting in Harare, President Robert Mugabe promised the supporters that he would get cars and cash from China to bankroll the party’s campaigns.
The party is reportedly surviving on bank overdrafts, despite pushing for elections to be held in July without electoral reforms. The party’s workers have also not been paid for the past three months.
When reached for a comment Rugare Gumbo, the party’s spokesperson, said he was busy.