ZANU PF Women’s League conference ended in Harare yesterday with the factious party dodging secret ballot elections for office bearers and instead handpicked the candidates and declared them as having been unanimously agreed upon by the provinces to avoid the chaos that blighted the party’s Youth League polls last week.
National party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday told the 4 000 guests at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) that the women delegates decided on their ways of choosing candidates to reduce divisions.
“We have agreed on many resolutions that we will have shortly. You have proactively united yourselves and reduced any divisions without waiting for mediation,” Khaya Moyo said.
“All wings should watch and learn from the women’s league. There are many ways of holding elections. It can be by show of hands, by secret ballot, it can be by consensus. The women’s league chose their own process and as national chairman, I want to congratulate them for having agreed on that process.”
Bulawayo provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi Moyo was retained as the deputy secretary of the league while Midlands’ Vairet Nhari became the secretary for administration.
Mashonaland West’s Sarah Mahoka became the secretary for finance while Olivia Muchena from Mashonaland East retained her post as the secretary for commissariat.
Masvingo’s Shuvai Mahofa became the secretary for security.
Sources in the ruling party said Zanu PF avoided elections and handpicked office bearers with the aim of balancing representation from all the warring factions.
Zanu PF is deeply divided along factional lines as shown by the manner politburo members canvassed for support for the preferred candidates as they fought hard to position themselves to succeed President Robert Mugabe when he leaves office.
First Lady Grace Mugabe remained favourite to clinch the organ’s top post, that of secretary for women affairs after being nominated by both the women’s league and youth leagues.
Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife Auxillia Mnangagwa, in reading out resolutions of the women affairs committee said they had agreed that the First Lady would lead them as secretary for women affairs.