ZANU PF Harare province yesterday became the third province after Manicaland and Mashonaland provinces to endorse President Robert Mugabe as the party’s leader ahead of the party’s elective congress in December this year.
Addressing journalists after a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting, Harare provincial chairperson Amos Midzi said the province had seen it fit to endorse Mugabe to “perpetuate his candid leadership”.
“This country needs a wise leader. We have unanimously agreed as the Harare province to support Cde RG Mugabe to become the first secretary of the party, a position he holds today,” Midzi said. “We will work together to ensure that the party moves forward.”
Mugabe, who has led the country since independence in 1980, has already received endorsements from Mashonaland West and Manicaland provinces.
On Saturday, the party’s Manicaland PCC also endorsed Vice-President Joice Mujuru as Mugabe’s deputy and national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo as second vice-president.
Party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa was endorsed as the national chairman designate.
Other provinces are likely to follow suit as the congress dates draw closer, giving Mugabe a fresh mandate to represent the party in the 2018 general elections when he would be 94.