ZANU-PF secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa, who was absent from the political scene due to ill health, is now as fit as a fiddle and is ready to steer party programmes.
Addressing delegates who attended the Manicaland Women’s League inter-district conference at Marymount Teachers’ College in Mutare last Saturday, he said he flew to India to get treatment and had since recovered.
“I was not around because I was not feeling well. I went to India and received treatment. I am back and in good health. Nyathi (his totem) is alive and lively,” he said.
Cde Mutasa was in high spirits and urged delegates to take party business seriously and abide by the party’s constitution.
“Let us have unity of purpose by working together. We don’t want to hear of leadership change agenda because that will only happen at congress. Those that are talking about it are causing factions and disunity. What I know is that in the history of Zanu-PF we have always supported a leader chosen at congress.”
He said leaders were chosen at congress and it was the tradition of the party that party members must rally behind that chosen leader.
Zanu-PF women’s league chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri wished Cde Mutasa good health, saying the party was with him in prayers during his illness.
She called for unity in the party, saying discord would not help anyone.
Women’s League political commissar Dr Olivia Muchena thanked Cde Mutasa for educating delegates on the need to observe the party’s constitution.
She said perceived factional wars were confusing the Women’s League and Cde Mutasa had cleared the dust.
“I want to thank you for telling delegates what is expected of them as well as clearing the mist about stories of factionalism that we hear in the Press because some of us were now getting confused. Mind you, some of these media houses will be trying to sell news. We must remain united as Zanu-PF because we have a duty to execute developmental projects in the country in line with ZimAsset.”
Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who was the guest of honour at the conference, blasted party members fanning factionalism.
She labelled them sellouts who are causing disunity.
Cde Mujuru said the country should be focused on championing development programmes in line with ZimAsset.
She said the party has one leader – President Robert Mugabe – and those lining up to take his post while he is still in office were daydreaming.
“Zanu-PF has one leader, who is President Mugabe. Those that are angling to take over positions of people still in office are sellouts. We abide by the constitution of the party which is our Bible and we say no to power-hungry people. You want to take other people’s positions, have you succeeded in the one that you have? Some of these people who are saying all sorts (of things) do not have anything to say. We don’t want party leaders who confuse members.”
Cde Mujuru told delegates that as leaders in their respective districts they should shun corruption.
“We have a duty as leaders to develop the country and we have to do away with corruption. All those who are implicated in corrupt activities will be prosecuted and should face the music.”
She said ZimAsset required the participation of everyone in order to achieve the desired goals and objectives.
“We have to be focused as a country in order to develop. Let us use our local resources both human and natural to uplift lives from the household level. We need to ensure food security and this means that you have to go back to the people and educate them on the need to move from subsistence agriculture to commercial farming. This is what ZimAsset is all about. The need to make lives better by utilising what we have around us. When we went to war we were focused and we had one objective to reclaim our land and get independence.
“Likewise, we should be focused today and ensure that ZimAsset is a success. As leaders we should be exemplary, like our President. As such, we say no to leaders who cause disunity in the party and derail initiatives like ZimAsset,” she said.
Manicaland Women’s League chairperson Cde Joyline Porusingazi said the province would not tolerate divisions in the party.
She promised to constantly hold meetings with party members as well as disseminate information to the grassroots in order to do away with rogue members who spread rumours and falsehoods to champion selfish agendas.