ZANU PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said corruption and indiscipline were tearing apart the ruling party and revealed that he had been mandated by the politburo to crack the whip on errant members.
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Khaya Moyo made the remarks while officially opening a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee (PCCs) consultative meeting with government ministers in Bulawayo.
Khaya Moyo said recent events had exposed widespread corruption and indiscipline and warned that “this party will not be destroyed by selfish individuals”.
He was referring to the chaos that rocked the Zanu PF youth and women’s league conferences amid reports of massive vote-buying and imposition of candidates.
“I was mandated by the politburo last week to take disciplinary action and deal with the matter of indiscipline and corruption. We [the disciplinary committee] will be going around the provinces gathering reports of what happened; who did what and so forth,” Khaya Moyo said.
“We are targeting those culprits. Zanu PF is not a shopping mall — our members are not commodities that can be bought. The party is an organised party. It has rules, regulations and a constitution.”
Allegations of vote-buying, kidnappings, intimidation and open public attacks against feuding Zanu PF officials characterised the Zanu PF youth and women’s conferences and Khaya Moyo said disciplinary measures would be taken to ensure that the party’s December elective congress was not chaotic.
“We will instil discipline as we go to the congress. There must be discipline in the presidium, politburo, central committee, provinces, women’s league, and youth league and in all our structures. If we don’t deal with discipline, we will be a cursed society,” he said.
“We will deal with those culprits.
“When they give you their money, accept it but also report them to the disciplinary committee and you will see what will happen to them.
“There are people who want to destroy the party and that cannot be allowed to happen. This party will not be destroyed by selfish individuals.
“We must go to the congress as one family and not as many pieces of one family because of corruption and indiscipline.”
Some of the ministers at the meeting were Patrick Chinamasa (Finance), Dzikamai Mavhaire (Energy), Joseph Made (Agriculture), Fred Moyo (Mines deputy minister), Sithembiso Nyoni (Small and Medium Enterprises), Francis Nhema (Youth and Empowerment) and Chiratidzo Mavuwa (Industry and Commerce deputy minister).