Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo says he will contest for a parliamentary seat in his rural home of Mangwe in Matabeleland South in the next elections billed for sometime next year.
Addressing party supporters at the Matabeleland North provincial party inter-district conference in Lupane on Saturday, Moyo said if he loses the party’s primaries, he would support whoever would have won.
“What we are not going to allow is for any constituency to have an imposed leader. People must choose their leaders. I will also be campaigning in Plumtree (Mangwe) and if I lose in the primaries, I will support whoever will be chosen,” said Moyo.
The Zanu PF chairman, who until recently was Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Mauritius, and Lesotho based in Pretoria, was trounced in the 2000 elections by MDC-M’s Edward Mkhosi. Mkhosi remains MP for Mangwe to date.
Moyo said there was no need for bitterness among party members if they lost in the primaries, saying such tendencies resulted in factionalism which also resulted in the party performing dismally during elections.
However, Moyo said, candidates should not start campaigning in specific constituencies as these might change during the delimitation exercise.
“Elections are coming but campaigning has not started because the dates of the elections are yet to be announced. We have to strengthen the party to make sure that we are ready when the dates are announced,” he said.
“It is not the time to campaign for constituencies because we do not have boundaries yet. We do not know if the present constituencies will remain the same because they might be changed.
“Do not go around campaigning in constituencies because you might be disappointed at the end when you discover that you have been campaigning in the wrong constituency. However, there is need for people to go back to their districts and conscientise the people on the benefits of voting for our party so that when the elections come, we will be ready.”
Moyo’s revelations come amid reports that a number of senior Zanu PF members, especially from Matabeleland, who lost in the 2000 elections want to stand in their former constituencies.
The former ruling party failed to win a single seat in Bulawayo but managed to win a handful of seats in Matabeleland North and South provinces in the 2008 election.