Zanu-PF National Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo has said that the party’s Extraordinary Congress which will be held in December, is not about firing underfire Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chombo said Congress will review biometric voter registration, the 10-Point Plan for Economic Growth, the State Constitution and national policies.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Chombo said:
The President has agreed with what the provinces have said (regarding the convening of an Extraordinary Congress). He has given us the go-ahead to start the official processes that are procedural and necessary to have the Congress.
So, we are going to Congress to put into perspective all those matters. This is not a new thing; we had elections in 2002 after coming from an Extraordinary Congress because it was a year before elections.
Our party calendar and Government calendar do not tally, so in the year that they do not sychronise, we may decide to have an Extraordinary Congress to make sure that we are prepared.
This is not new. It will not look at individual issues; we focus on national party issues. The removal of people from certain positions, just like the Cabinet reshuffle, the President can do it anytime. So, let’s not be arrogant and suggest for him.
The constitution provides for the President as the one centre of power. He can use his discretion and does not need Congress. I cannot run the party based on wishes of individuals. I run the party on the dictates of the party constitution.
Chombo said the Congress will host 10 000 delegates on a US$6 million budget.
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