Wounded Zanu PF pines for battle

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Bruised Zanu PF, still smarting from defeat in the Speaker elections, where at least three of its MPs voted for MDC-T’s Lovemore Moyo, has resolved to focus its attention on a vigorous campaign for the next general elections which it is determined to have this year.

Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana on Wednesday presented a report on the constitution-making process and assured the Zanu PF politburo the exercise could be completed this year, paving way for elections.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said on Thursday his party’s campaign would revolve around the fight against sanctions, indigenisation and economic empowerment.

“We resolved to intensify the anti-sanctions campaign and we will be having more people going out to collect signatures and urge people to sign the petitions,” said Gumbo.

“Politburo members are also going to launch the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme in all the provinces. Elections are this year, and there is no doubt about that. We are obviously preparing for them because we are focused on a win.”

Gumbo said the constitution would be ready soon, adding funds to complete the exercise had been found.

“Copac money is available. The government issued $5 million to Copac and donors chipped in with $4 million and there is promise for more. There is therefore no reason why elections can’t be held,” he said.

During the burial of national hero David Karimanzira last Sunday, President Robert Mugabe confirmed his party was gearing for elections and revealed Karimanzira died while preparing to open an account specifically for elections.