President Emmerson Mnangagwa Monday told ZANU PF’s provincial executive members, comprising youths, women and war veterans’ wings that they risked suspension and or expulsion by engaging in vote-buying.
He speaks as the ruling party has embarked on a restructuring exercise that saw it holding elections to elect District Coordinating Committees.
He also speaks when the party is holding primary elections to elect party representatives in by-elections scheduled for December.
Speaking after the closed door meeting at the ruling party headquarters in Harare, ZANU PF’s Secretary for Administration, Obert Mpofu said the meeting was called by the president himself. He added:
He (president Mnangagwa) also strongly spoke about the internal party procedures and regulations as they relate to elections, and that this cannot be equated to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) process, which is meant for all political parties. He said at no point should the party use ZEC regulations on an internal selection process, but should use the party’s constitution, party regulations as they are reviewed by the party from time to time.
We have a situation where people just emerge during elections, flogging and showing money to would-be voters or to the electorate to influence them to vote for a certain candidate of their choice or to those with money. That is unacceptable. It’s a dismissible offence.
The president’s remarks come as opposition MDC has for years claimed that the governing party was engaging in vote-buying to manipulate election results.
Last year, then Health Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo was accused of using state resources to influence election results after he ordered NatPharm to divert medicines to Lupane East ahead of a by-election.
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