Zanu (PF) bigwigs warn Mugabe on elections

Top Zanu (PF) officials in Manicaland are reported to have warned President Robert Mugabe against holding elections this year as the chances of winning were very slim.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

Sources within the Zanu (PF) provincial executive said the bigwigs openly told Mugabe that people at the grassroots were reluctant to vote for the party whose political fortunes are dwindling.

The party says it will release its primary election guidelines next week. Speaking at the Cotco Makoni District Farming Awards held at Nzvimbe in Makoni South recently Zanu (PF) national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo said “The release of the primary elections regulations is demonstrative of our intentions and preparedness to go to polls this year.”

The negotiating teams in the GPA have agreed on a timeline that postpones the poll to 2012.

Khaya Moyo insisted Zanu (PF) still wanted to hold elections this year. But sources said:

“When the President (Mugabe) in a previous politburo meeting announced that elections will be held this year, some top politburo members updated him (Mugabe) about the true situation on the ground. He was openly told that Zanu (PF) had lost the grip in Manicaland.”

The source said the politburo members told Mugabe that the 2008 elections should act as a barometer to measure his chances of winning an election in Manicaland.

But Khaya-Moyo was singing a different tune.

“Some of our officials were moving around intimidating people and lying to them in the name of the President. They were imposing people claiming that they had the blessings of the President. This time we will not allow that. This affected us in the last polls where we lost the majority of our seats to MDC.

“Let me warn these sellouts within the party to stop behaving like naughty school children. Let me be very clear to everyone that if somebody wants to represent the party, he/she must first meet the guidelines and then make sure that he/she is coming from the people and not from individual politicians,” he said.

A politburo member speaking from Harare who cannot be named for fear of victimisation said: “It will be suicidal for the party and the Zanu (PF) legislative and senatorial candidates.”

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