ZANU PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday confirmed his party has rolled out its campaign wheels for the next elections.
Report by Nqobile Bhebhe/Everson Mushava
Khaya Moyo said the party had launched a nationwide programme dubbed Meet the People Campaign to gather intelligence on challenges faced by its supporters with a view to crafting a comprehensive election strategy ahead of next year’s general elections.
This comes amid reports that the party is planning to hold its primary elections early next month.
Sources said Zanu PF was already carrying out a verification process of structures in provinces in preparation for the primary elections whose dates are likely to be announced after today’s politburo meeting or the central committee on Friday.
Sources said the primaries were likely to be held early next month.
“Yes, the politburo will meet tomorrow (today) and the central committee will meet on Friday. We have not yet set the actual dates for primary elections, but that is the way to go. After the constitutional referendum, the next thing will be elections,” said party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday.
In a recent article published in a Zanu PF internal newsletter, The People, Khaya Moyo said: “The party has embarked on a Meet the People Campaign where senior leaders of the party will
be meeting people throughout the country’s 10 provinces to investigate the nature of their challenges.
“This is a critical consultative probe where our leaders will hear from the people first-hand their concerns and aspirations, their dreams, hopes and desires. It will also provide party leaders with an opportunity to educate and enlighten people on some critical areas in the development of the nation, for example, the constitution-making process,” he said.
Khaya Moyo said Zanu PF would unveil its election manifesto during the forthcoming conference set for Gweru in December.
Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe has already said that he wants elections to be held by the end of March next year after his initial bid to have them held this year was successfully rejected by the two MDC parties, Sadc and the African Union.