'Super fund' to ensure support for Mugabe

2013-02-15 18:03
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

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Cape Town – Zanu-PF is planning a consolidated fund to bankroll its campaign for national elections so as to ensure candidates also campaign for President Robert Mugabe, a report said on Friday.

According to the Mail and Guardian, party insiders said the plan was to bar all party electoral candidates from self-funding their campaigns as a strategy to force them to rally behind Mugabe, who in some instances in the 2008 poll garnered less votes than some members of parliament in their constituencies.

The party's national fund had been mooted to control the campaign activities of candidates, sources said.

In the past Zanu-PF has allowed its candidates to fund their own activities, a practice that sources say has resulted in some of its candidates only focusing on their individual campaigns and not selling Mugabe to the electorate.

"No one will be allowed to personally fund their elections," the source said. "It's all going to come from one fund and the condition is that all candidates will campaign for the president, [together] with their own campaigns for parliamentary and other electoral posts riding on the president."

Zanu-PF's secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, refused to comment, saying he would not discuss party business with the media.

"That's a Zanu-PF internal affair. Why should Zanu-PF announce its strategy to the whole world? These are affairs we cannot discuss with the press," said Mutasa.

Zimbabwe is set to vote for a new constitution on 16 March before going for harmonised elections in July.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  didymus mutasa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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