Zanu-PF congress 'a turning point for Zimbabwe'

2014-12-02 13:15
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party elective congress which kicks off in Harare on Tuesday is set to usher in a new leadership, which will steer the country in the "right economic direction", a Zanu-PF official said.

In a statement sent to News24, Zanu-PF's deputy director of information and publicity, Psychology Maziwisa said the new leadership to emerge from the party's 6th national people's congress would bring in the kind of "vibrancy" needed to overcome the country's economic challenges.

The congress - to be attended by at least 12 000 delegates - is expected to endorse President Robert Mugabe, 90, as party chief and his wife Grace as women's league boss.

"We have pursued the right policies as a country since independence. The time has come to put the right people in the right positions and this congress will do just that," said Maziwisa.

Maziwisa said this as the majority of Zanu-PF bigwigs, including Vice President Joice Mujuru fell by the wayside during central committee elections.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, close to 50 Zanu-PF bigwigs were booted out of the powerful central committee during last week's elections, a development that further heightened tensions within the party.

National interest

Central committee elections are held once every five years together with elections of the new presidium. Mugabe normally selects politburo members from the central committee.

Local news in the weeks leading up to the congress have been dominated by dramatic attacks on Mujuru and many of her allies.

Mujuru, 59, has been accused of corruption and being behind a plot to topple Mugabe.

The Sunday Mail said in a front-page story on Sunday that Mujuru was "unlikely to retain her post" and "two surprise candidates could be elected to the VP and National Chair posts".

Maziwisa said it was only right for Mugabe to "surround himself with innovative and focused people who, like him, are capable of putting national interest ahead of selfish, personal interest".

Maziwisa said the congress was Zimbabwe's turning point, adding that the removal of "retrogressive" elements from the party was long overdue and that the party would come out "more united".  

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