Pamela Shumba, Senior Reporter
THE Association of Rural District Councils (ARDC) led by Dr Killer Zivhu yesterday launched an election campaign to garner support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the rural areas ahead of the harmonised elections on July 30.
The campaign was launched in Bulawayo at the ARDC congress attended by chairpersons of all RDCs in the country.
Dr Zivhu, who is also the chairperson of Chivi RDC and Zimbabwe Local Government Association (ZILGA) president, said the campaign, dubbed “One is Five ED Mnangagwa”, will see chairpersons from the 60 RDCs mobilising more members for the Zanu-PF party. “We’re launching our campaign where all party members will be involved. This campaign was my idea as the chairperson of RDCs and it will be spearheaded by chairpersons from all the 60 RDCs.
Through the One is Five ED Mnangagwa campaign, each and every Zanu-PF member will recruit four people from their constituencies into the party.
“These new members should be registered voters. We’ll not only convince them to vote for Zanu-PF but also tell them the benefits of voting for President Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF,” said Dr Zivhu, adding that a majority of councillors and council chairpersons in the country were members of Zanu-PF.
He said the chairpersons will also mobilise their sitting councillors and incoming councillors and make sure that each and every party member has recruited four new members for President Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF.
“We realised that crowds can deceive parties, so we’re not interested in crowds because people attend rallies for different reasons. We’re interested in talking to individuals to lure more people to the party and I believe that this strategy will give us good results.
“These chairpersons came into office through a party and they have every reason to support their party so that they continue in office and spearhead development programmes. Those who didn’t make it through the primary elections will want to make a second attempt and they can only do that if their party is in office,” said Dr Zivhu.
He added that in the new dispensation there was no violence or intimidation but hard work and dialogue. “We believe in working hard and talking to people freely. We’re in the new dispensation now and there’s a lot happening showing that we’re now taking the right direction. The ease of doing business has seen a lot of great improvement in service delivery in our councils both in urban and rural areas and this is what people want. More investors are now showing interest in investing in our RDCs and also partnering in a number of projects,” said Dr Zivhu.
Yesterday’s congress also saw the association adopting a new constitution that will assist in bringing up new policies in line with the new dispensation and work towards curbing corruption.
“We’re adopting a new constitution with a brand new vision. The current constitution was drafted in 1993. There has been a lot of change over the years and we realised that it was high time we reviewed some of our policies and have the same vision and focus as the new dispensation. There has been corruption in the council associations and our councils and the new constitution will go a long way in fighting this disease,” said Dr Zivhu. — @pamaleshumba1