Zanu (PF) succession: Mujuru blasts opponents

CHEGUTU – In a thinly-veiled attack on her rival, acting President, Joice Mujuru has condemned the imposition of candidates in the various structures of the party saying people have the right to choose leaders of their choice.

Mujuru made the remarks at a field day held at Mr. Godfrey Gon’a’s farm in Chambara district, Chegutu East constituency.

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The Acting President’s statement follows the disbanding of the District Coordinating Committee structures within the revolutionary party after a Politburo and Central Committee resolution to that effect.

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Said Mujuru: “The party is built from structures that are formed from within the grassroots levels……we cannot have a situation whereby a whole family makes up a district; such a scenario destroys the party.”

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In his bid to succeed President Mugabe, Mnangagwa’s attempt to strengthen his position, suffered a major set-back after Vice-President Joice Mujuru and hardliners in the party aligned to the powerful Joint Operations Command (JOC) influenced President Robert Mugabe to disband District Co-ordinating Committees (DCCs).

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Influential officials in the army, police and intelligence chiefs, aligned to Mujuru’s faction, lobbied Mugabe to abolish DCCs after it became apparent  the Mnangagwa faction had gained control of most provinces.

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Buzzing with a new renewed confidence, the Vice-President is now making the most of her latest triumph, moving around the country opening officiating at government programms. 

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Mujuru also emphasized the need for government to support small scale farmers who benefitted from the land reform programme to insure households and national food security.

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“We are here for this filed day but we should ensure that we support the small scale farmers so that they can produce more for households and national food security,” Mujuru said.

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House of Assembly Member for Chegutu East constituency, who is also the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu said the party is now focusing on ensuring maximum productivity after the successful land reform programme.

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‘We had the land reform programme and now we want to ensure that our farmers graduate from being mere small scale farmers to those that produce for the export market,” said Shamu.

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The event saw the awarding of prizes to successful farmers in the district and Mr. Godfrey Gon’a emerged the winner in the competition.

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The field day was attended by the Governor and Resident Minster of Mashonaland West province, Faber Chidarikire, Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial Chairman, John Mafa, Senate President, Edna Madzongwe, legislators and other senior Zanu PF officials.

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