No to anarchy at Zanu PF congress

HARARE - With President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in turmoil, we join the rest of the country in pleading for peace and tranquillity at the party’s congress which takes place in Harare this week.

We pray that the Zanu PF 6th national people’s congress will explore ways of ending the succession crisis and chart a new economic order in line with what the party promised the electorate during last year’s elections.

This congress is very important in bringing about a political solution to the potentially explosive situation in Zanu PF.

There is absolutely no doubt huge obstacles stand in the way of any political settlement in the party given the sabre-rattling by war veterans, First Lady Grace Mugabe and so-called students especially calling for the resignation or removal from office of the Vice President and Zanu PF second secretary Joice Mujuru after the decimation of structures which supported her.

Some youths are even agitating that Mujuru be barred from this congress altogether.

There is continuation of threats of violence against Mujuru and her key allies. This violence has to be averted.

The congress must be held within an atmosphere of peace, among the opposing internal groups.

All parties to this succession conflict have to work on a ceasefire first.

The law enforcement agents must be vigilant and never let violence perpetrators achieve their nefarious designs.

The police must not let anyone violate Zimbabwe’s constitution. The text, spirit and object of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is very clear in that there are set procedures to be followed by which to remove a sitting president or vice-president from office.

According to Section 96 of the Constitution, a VP may resign from office by a written notice to the President.

After receiving such a notice, the President has to give public notice of such resignation within 24 hours. The VP is on record indicating that she has not given any notice of resignation.

Any unconstitutional overthrow must therefore be outrightly averted and rejected.

Zanu PF must use the congress to come up with measures to re-invigorate the party at all levels and to fortify its current position as the party of government.

From Tuesday when the politburo meets, to Wednesday when the central committee convenes, right up to the first day of congress on Thursday until Sunday, we expect all delegates to be their best behaviour.

The police must look out and ensure that the congress does not resort to a vicious cycle of factional fighting and violent power struggles that has sadly characterised suffering and destruction in other countries.

We hope this will be a peaceful and orderly congress, featuring civic debates and a home-grown legitimate political process to select new office holders.

If there are to be elections, we pray that the best candidates will win and then focus on the economy not unnecessary power struggles.

Comments (2)

By kicking out legitimate people voted into power during primary elections and replacing them with hand picked individuals clearly is a departure from our President's long standing principle.Hoping to have lured back disgruntled party supporters by 2018 might prove to be a long short by all standards.ZANU irangarire zvekare kuti kuzonyanyosimbisa kwakaita MDC kumaruva yaiwa nonzero year operation MUarambatsvina.Now you replace grass roots people who have always been on the ground for ma Salad emuTown haa apo mapotsa vakuru.

Abdul Salam - 30 November 2014

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