Zanu PF First Secretary and President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has challenged Politburo members to ensure that the party knows who will vote for them in 2023 and leave nothing to chance.
Addressing the 351st session of the Politburo at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare on Wednesday, Mnangagwa reminded his comrades that the 2023 harmonised general elections are fast approaching and they should mobilise the party’s support base. He said:
Structures must remain intact. We cannot approach the next election with an assumed membership base.
It is fundamental that we know the figures of those who will potentially vote for us at the disaggregated ward, constituency and provincial levels. Nothing must be left to chance.
The 2023 harmonised general elections are fast approaching. Let us, therefore, continue tightening our belts and diligently implementing programmes with a greater sense of urgency.
Our people and party members must be kept informed, mobilised and motivated to be productive towards improving their plight and the achievement of the goals we set out in the 2018 people’s manifesto.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance secretary for elections Jacob Mafume accused Mnangagwa of undermining the constitution by suspending by-elections indefinitely. Said Mafume:
The tragedy is he (Mnangagwa) is undermining the Constitution every day. By-elections are supposed to operate by the operation of law.
Every other country in the region has been holding elections and by-elections when they are due despite the presence of COVID-19.
It is only in this country where we have suspended the operation of democracy because of biological disease.
They are the ones who have been running away from the people. We are ready and we will beat them in the by-elections.