Shut up, says Zanu PF

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has blocked its members from speaking to the press unless authorised to do so.

Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesperson, yesterday told a news conference at the party headquarters in Harare that no member should make or be permitted or authorised to make any press releases or other public statements or disclosures concerning the party.

The decree is part of measures aimed at cracking down on leaks to the press by disallowing any Zanu PF member from talking to the press without the prior written consent of the party.

“Publicity of the policies and activities of the party are directed, controlled, supervised and coordinated by Cde Rugare Gumbo, the secretary for publicity and information in the politburo at national, provincial, district and branch levels,” Gumbo told reporters.

“Therefore, the issuance of unsanctioned statements from unauthorised people within the party should cease forthwith.  This is a serious breach of party protocol and procedure.”

The Zanu PF spokesperson warned party members to also cease and desist from campaigning for Central Committee positions.

“All members of the party are being advised that the guidelines for the election of Zanu PF Central Committee members have Shut up, says Zanu PF not been finalised and approved by the central committee,” he said.

“All party members are therefore advised to desist from electioneering or allocating posts in any form whatsoever.

“Any member of the party who will breach this directive will face stern disciplinary action.”

Meanwhile, Gumbo said party chairperson Simon Khaya-Moyo convened a national coordinating committee meeting on Wednesday where eight sub committees were tasked with preparing for the party’s congress.

Secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa will be in charge of the finance committee, political commissar Webster Shamu will head the organising committee, Sydney Sekeramayi will head security and accreditation, Gumbo, information committee; Nicholas Goche, transport and welfare; Emmerson Mnangagwa, documentation and legal; David Parirenyatwa, health; and Sikhanyiso Ndlovu will head the entertainment committee.

Gumbo urged party members to maintain peace as the party moves towards the December elective congress.

“As Zanu PF prepares for its 6th national people’s congress, all party members are called upon to uphold the spirit of unity of purpose to ensure the successful implementation of national programmes,” Gumbo said.

“Political stability, peace, order, social and economic development can only be achieved under conditions of national unity bound by a high level of discipline, which is a hallmark of our revolutionary party.”

Comments (12)

Sikhanyiso for entertainment ...... hayibo! Please spare him the agony; whisky for him will do, period.

Jamengweni GODONGA - 19 September 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 19 September 2014

There is nothing like pressure to bring out Mugabe and Zanu PF's true tyrannical colours!

Wilbert Mukori - 19 September 2014

I am compiling a dossier on Zimbabwe's debts. Please can you add those that I have missed so that we can have a comprehensive dossier. It does not matter if it is parastatals or councils or private companies. I shall call it Debt Watch or Debtormeter. There are so many debts I cannot keep track. Zimbabwe is up to its ears in debt. Failed state. (1) China $700 Million to $1 Billion (2) the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) from whom the government is seeking a $400 million loan to rehabilitate the NRZ's antiquated infrastructure. (3) Air Zimbabwe needs $368 Million (4) $370 Million debt Zisco - Essar deal (5) Kariba Dam repairs - $250 million (6) Cold Storage Com - $58 million to recapitalise plus $22 Million debt (7) State has $10 Billion debt (8) Reserve Bank - 1.3 Billion (9) Zesa - $100 million back pay bill -- 18 Sept 2014 (10) Net-One $218 million from China (11) $1 Billion for upgrading waterworks - hospitals have no water

Musona - 20 September 2014

In 1943, Herbert Morrison, the British Home Secretary, stated, ”It would be ignorant, dangerous nonsense to talk about grants of full self-government to many of the dependent territories (colonies) for some time to come. In those instances it would be like giving a child of ten a latch-key, a bank account, and a shot-gun”

Musona - 20 September 2014

“Therefore, the issuance of unsanctioned statements from unauthorised people within the party should cease forthwith. This is a serious breach of party protocol and procedure.” THATS TRUE LIKE IN AN ORGANISATION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

KHUMBU NDLOVU - 20 September 2014

Whether they speak or not speak to the press the fact is that zanu has decayed and producing sickly smell for zimbabweans whatever they do brings foul smell to us . No sane person can associate himself or herself with zanu or even take them serious . Imagine if it was zanu that lost the election last year would they be still present . This party died long back that is why it has a leader who is now a ndlozi . muzimu , unjimu, mudzimu .

Diibulaanyika - 20 September 2014

Hey Musona also look at the Hwange colliery company I am not sure of the debt figures but it is obvious they are huge and bad for the failed state .

Diibulaanyika - 20 September 2014

I have added Hwange Colliery - - (12) secured $18 Million loan from the regional PTA Bank to recapitalize its operations, company requires $150m to boost its operations, owes its employees $19m with the government not willing to adopt the debt, and struggling to repay a $20m loan borrowed from the ABC bank a couple of years ago and Coal producer Hwange Colliery is spending $46,8 million in new heavy plant machinery (August 2014). Other reports say Hwange owes its employees $19m, creditors $13m and requires $33m dollars for recapitalisation. The company has been labelled a risk company to lend money to. Many years of under-capitalisation, shareholder dogfights and mismanagement have pushed the firm to the brink. Technically insolvent and in dire need of working capital. (13) The 23 percent hike, much lower than the doubling initially promised by the politicians, increased the government wage bill to about US$155 million from around US$100 million. Government risked failing to pay its workers after cabinet awarded them a 23 percent salary hike at a time state revenues continue to fall as the economy slows down.

Musona - 20 September 2014

This is a threat to freedom of speech and should not be encouraged. Logon to and make some cash Registration is free

harriet - 21 September 2014

Fabulous , Musona now can you please add the national parks and will life , which has suffered a lot amid the poisoning of wild elephants,the forest commision with deforestation happening at an alarming speed . Dairy board with milk cows all eaten by farm invaders .

Diibulaanyika - 21 September 2014

Sorry the national parks and wild life falls under a certain ministry it is not a company .

Diibulaanyika - 21 September 2014

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