ZANU PF politburo member Eunice Sandi Moyo yesterday said the party would lose in the next elections if factionalism rocking Bulawayo structures is not addressed.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA
Sandi Moyo, who is also Zanu PF’s deputy national secretary for women’s affairs, said this while addressing party officials and widows of war veterans at the party’s Davies Hall provincial headquarters in the city.
Zanu PF has not won a single parliamentary seat in Bulawayo since the formation of the original MDC in 1999.
Zanu PF commissar Webster Shamu had been scheduled to address the meeting, but failed to travel to Bulawayo following the death of Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, John Mayowe. Mayowe has since been declared a national hero and will be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.
Sandi Moyo said party members in Bulawayo risked having President Robert Mugabe defeated in the next elections because of the divisions.
“President Mugabe must not die (politically) here in Bulawayo. We must ensure that he does not go out of power,” she said.
“This can be possible if we get rid of factionalism here. We will not get anywhere if we belong to factions and keep grudges against each other.”
Sandi Moyo said Zanu PF’s performance in elections kept getting worse since it lost all seats to MDC in 2000
“We have gone to some wards and we were told that the party is not visible,” she said. “How can the party be seen if you people belong to factions? We were told that party members who are neighbours in residential areas are not talking to each other due to these factions.
“The party is shooting itself in the foot because of these factions.”
Sandi Moyo also said Zanu PF had failed to look after widows of former fighters.
“I am not pleased to stand in front of you because we have failed to take care of you,” she said. “It is painful that you lost your loved ones and some of them did not return from (the liberation) war. We were happy to hear that you wanted to work for the party.”
She said widows must mobilise each other to join party structures and also register in order to get assistance
Zanu PF provincial executive member Thembeni Sibanda said Zanu PF could not lose an election because it had many widows of former fighters among its ranks.