By Bruce Chahwanda
ZANU PF is set to launch a new concept dubbed “Listening Party” this Tuesday as part of efforts to open the channels of communication and meet the expectations of the electorate.
A brain child of the Commissariat Department, “Listening Party” is part of a well-coordinated move to engage the electorate and the citizenry on their expectations.
Briefing journalists at the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare this Monday, ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha said the move dovetails with the ruling party’s President and First Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa’s declaration that he is a listening President.
“As you are aware that President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared himself a listening President and he is the President and First Secretary of the party, so if he is a listening President, he must lead a listening party. This makes ZANU PF a listening party. We want to create a platform where various stakeholders interface with them. We want the party to listening to various groupings from different backgrounds on what they expect, when we hold such meetings, we will not be debating but listening.
“As a ruling party, we have an opportunity to influence policy. So, we can only do that when we interact with the masses. Our inaugural listening party meeting is scheduled for 28 June 2022 and we have invited groups from all sectors of the economy. We will spread these meetings to other provinces,” said Dr Bimha.
ZANU PF has come up with a number of initiatives to ensure that no one and no place is left behind in the development matrix with the Second Republic implementing projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.
From road and dam construction and development of key infrastructure such as the new Parliament Building and the country’s airports, Zimbabwe hopes to leverage on sound infrastructure to spur economic development.