President Robert Mugabe’s bid to become life president has been bolstered by his speedy nomination as the Zanu PF presidential candidate by the party’s provinces ahead of the forthcoming Zanu PF conference in Mutare, Manicaland.
In Manicaland, for example, the entire leadership of Zanu PF from district level up to the supreme decision-making body outside congress, the politburo, unanimously agreed last weekend that President Mugabe should continue at the helm of both party and government.
The decision was made at a Zanu-PF provincial pre-conference meeting held in Mutare.
The same has happened in other provinces including Harare, Mashonaland East, Matabeleland North and the party’s national youth and women’s leagues.
The Zanu PF women’s league set the ball rolling when it resolved last month that President Mugabe should remain leader despite his advanced age.
Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo yesterday said they had also endorsed President Mugabe as their candidate in the election many fear will be marred by violence.
Charles Samuriwo, Zanu PF deputy spokesperson in Manicaland, said the decision to endorse President Mugabe was unanimous.
Samuriwo said the leadership in Manicaland made the decision after considering that President Mugabe was the “only one who can lead the party and nation in fulfilling the ideals of the liberation struggle of giving Zimbabweans land and economic empowerment”.
“The province unanimously resolved that he is a visionary and has a proven track record,” Samuriwo said. “President Mugabe is consistent and persistent. He is the only person who can lead the party and the nation.”
Zanu PF stalwarts who include Diydmus Mutasa, Kumbirai Kangai and Oppah Muchinguri attended the weekend meeting that endorsed President Mugabe.
There are concerted moves by President Mugabe’s loyalists to make him a ‘life president”.
The President has not commented on the endorsement within his party for him to be at the helm of both Zanu PF and the government forever. Zanu PF chairman for Masvingo Lovemore Matuke yesterday said they were fully behind President Mugabe’s candidature.
“As a party, here in Masvingo we are in total agreement that there is no one who can lead us other than President Mugabe. He is the best person to carry the torch of the revolution,” Matuke said.
“We are gifted and blessed to have such a rare breed of a leader and we want him to continue at the helm of our party and country.”