By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
THE ruling ZANU PF party has deployed politburo and central committee members to preside over war veterans league district elections this weekend.
The district elections are being held ahead of provincial polls which will culminate in a war veterans national conference slated for the 27th of this month.
The revolutionary ZANU PF party continues to give impetus to its structures ahead of the 2023 general elections, with district elections for the war veterans’ league set to be conducted this weekend ahead of the national conference.
Briefing journalists at the party’s headquarters in Harare this Friday, ZANU PF National Political Commissar Dr Mike Bimha said the elections will culminate in provincial elections which will come up with 40 posts for the war veterans’ league structures.
“Our next stage is to have a national conference for the War veterans league, a historical event that as a party for the first time, we should set up structures for the war veterans league.
“This is historical, moving to the point where we will establish the league, 13th to the 14th we will be conducting district elections, party districts will establish 40 positions for War Veterans structure, the electoral college consists of all vetted War veterans. At that level we must be able to call for nominations 20th provincial elections, prepare the ground for the conference,” he said.
Secretary for the War Veterans League Cde Douglas Mahiya called upon war veterans to take their positions in mobilising for the 2023 general elections.
“This is a historic moment for the party and the country in recognizing war veterans. So it’s your time to come out in numbers to mobilise for the next elections such that we record landslide victory for President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” he said.
ZANU PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa said war veterans have been an important pillar in the transformation of the country.
“War Veterans played an important role in what we are realising today. We are seeing massive development across the country and bringing the war veterans’ league into the party will give impetus to the knowledge of history and the future. We want to give our President a resounding victory in the country elections,” he said.
Cde Mutsvangwa also took the opportunity to thank African leaders for reminding Americans of the need to stop interfering in continental affairs.
“On Foreign Affairs, I would like to thank South African Minister Naledi Pandor for lecturing on America the dictates of democracy.
“This is the way to go and it’s time for Africa to rise. We also hope this gives Americans an opportunity to look at Zimbabwe differently by removing sanctions imposed,” he said.
Efforts are being directed toward guaranteeing a landslide victory for the ruling party and President Emmerson Mnangagwa in general elections set for next year.