Zanu PF superior to govt: Gumbo

HARARE - Zanu PF says its activities including fundraising for its forthcoming annual national conference are more important than government programmes.

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday after last week’s politburo meeting to receive reports on the party’s recently concluded provincial polls, party spokesman Rugare Gumbo said those who felt that by devoting much of its energy on raising the $300 million required for its conference the party was misplacing priorities, were misguided.

Critics have questioned why the ruling party was putting emphasis on fundraising for its conference at a time the country was bankrupt and even failing to come up with a national budget as well as remunerating civil servants well.

However, Gumbo said the conference was a party constitutional requirement which comes before all else and cannot be forgone for whatever reason.

“The party is superior to government and individuals. Our national conference is an annual event which we have to undertake and that needs funding. It is unfair to say our priorities are misplaced because the national economy will be taken care of by our economic blueprint ZimAsset, so we have that liberty to fundraise for the party’s programme,” said Gumbo.

Gumbo said the politburo had unanimously resolved to uphold the outcome of the hotly contested internal polls, not withstanding the myriad of challenges that characterised them.

He added that the provincial elections supervisors had told the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress that contrary to press reports of violence, the elections were generally peaceful save for minor skirmishes in some parts of the country.

“Reports of violence were a product of sensational journalism because what we heard from our team leaders was that there were minor skirmishes that are normal in any organisation as big as ours.

“Whenever there is a contest, losers will always cry foul but the president (Robert Mugabe) laid the line straight telling everyone that we learnt our lessons and we need to go back to the basics,” Gumbo said.

Meanwhile, Gumbo said that all was set for next week’s conference after the party successfully fundraised for the event.

He also revealed that the politburo had declared Rtd Brigadier General Misheck Tanyanyiwa who died last week on Thursday in Beijing (China), a national hero.

Tanyanyiwa who was a military attaché in the Asian country will be buried at the National Heroes Acre today.

Comments (11)

Handizive hangu zvimwe Madhlira pazhe mavakota zvisirizvo coz musangano ungapfuura hurumende ndiko kunenge kurikuposha ka . Vanhu vaita nechikutumeno nenhamo kumativi mana enyika zvinhu zvinovanigwa kugadzirisa chokutanga musangano wozotevera. I hope Madhlira you are going to raise money also to construct a hospital in Mberengwa

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 9 December 2013

Very interesting stuff from vaGumbo. I am persuaded to conclude that since the zimdollar issue was in the party manifesto and the party is above government , and Fidelity contract workers being hired then we should not trust Chinamasa reassurances that the zimdollar will not return within the next give years. Mbuya ashayikwa, bere rarutse imvi. Make your own conclusions.

Ndareka - 9 December 2013

Only in your sick dreams vaGumbo is your sick party bigger than govt. Endayi munodhla mari munyerere kuChinhoyi uko kwete kutiudza matuzvi kwamurikuita uku.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 9 December 2013

Of course proving what we all already are aware of! Zanu PF and its cowardly imbeciles have no care other than themselves and true to their criminal tendencies put all else regardless of priority on the back burner while tending their ill gotten poliy and gains! Is it no wonder the rest of the world will have nothing to do with these maggots and ignore their rantings about sanctions and fundings while these brainless morons are running the show!!

Sabi - 9 December 2013

Yes the party is superior o the government that was why everything is crumbling. Imagine for 4 days they want to sink 3 million dollars when the economy is bleeding and they will come up with this zimdollar mandra. handiti vaipururudza ku Heroes ' Acre nezuro pachtaurwa tosh so they will do the same ulutating and blowing 3 million thinking of how best to destory Zimbabwe. Makudo chaiwo. wakambopindirwa nemakudo mumunda usina kugarira, regai uone.

Maita Manyuka - 9 December 2013

Chii chinonzi ,Gumbo. vanhu vakadai vakabva kupi shuwa shuwa. Ungati vanhu varikufa nenzara moisa $300m pamusangano. Europe chaiyo yakaita maAusterity measures ,vakasiya zvimwe.Those selfish Idiots ,who loot the from the people by taxing them so high while leaving @ zero cost,need to be financed to cause more harm to people than they have already caused. Gumbo is a mad man,too foolish to be in Gvt and any leadership position. All people who have died bcoz of hunger,cholera,accidents because someone was not doing his job dutifully like the ministers of Transport,vakasiya mapotholes achipararira kunge sora riri mumumba ,u killed those people and you are responsible for their death. ZANU PF ,zvichapera chete ane Makudo ese mujeri ,mouraiwao nenzara semaurairo amurikuita varikumaJeri iwayo

Retired - 9 December 2013

now i understand why the civil servants will be given their bonuses after the conference. in fact there might not be given after all. so bad

zim - 9 December 2013

Yes their party is bigger than Government, that's why everything is done without considering the plight of our future country neupenyu rwevana vedu.

Simbarashe Madzana - 9 December 2013

Interesting to note: $3million, how many tonnes of maize could it buy and feed, for sure their conference is bigger than the gvt, it is true, even companies and Individuals who are sponsoring this, if so generous, cant we save souls than party, if you got your wealth on clean sheets, why wait for Bill Gates and others to feed us while we have so much money to splash, Zanu Pf bought state of the Art vehicles days before elections, people are dying of hunger, misplaced priority. we wonder, infect, do what you want because no body voted for you, and you did it for yourselves so enjoy Guys, thank you for those whom you paid $10.00 to vote for you and their stomachs are still full even for the next 5 years, i saw them today there were dressed smartly in Dirty clothes, empty stomachs, wondering up and down the streets. Munodadisa maCDES

garwe - 9 December 2013

@Retired Gumbo mkaranga anobva kwedu kuMberengwa ko hamuoni isu kudunhu rekwedu tichingova mbwa zhira makwiringwini zvipatara todomwa murumanya tikagwara . Ndinovona Madhlira munhu anoshanda chose kuti Zvimba ibudirire kudarika kwavanobva kune vanhu varimurukato gwenhamo . Zvimwe Madhlira vakagumbukira chikudhla chemucabinet chavakanyimwa navababa Chatunga

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 9 December 2013

This is the irretrievable illusion that our generation has to fight against. How on earth does such a senior politician come to such myopic and misguided conclusions? We are tired of baby sitting your old age politics of bullying and misfiring! This is their view across that rotten political divide, another basis for their shameless looting of national resources. Your party can not be bigger or equal to government Mr Gumbo!

Nhai Gumbo! - 10 December 2013

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