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'Super fund' to ensure support for Mugabe

2013-02-15 18:03

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.

Comments
  • NickvanGraan - 2013-02-15 18:19

    I wonder where that money is going to be stolen from?

      henk63 - 2013-02-16 14:53

      This is the only acknowledgement they will give regarding the millions they stole from the diamond trade. They will give back a pittance now for the election, to be rewarded with many millions more after Zany-PF "wins" the election. (Spelling intentional).

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-15 18:31

    Bye bye mugabe!

  • jacques.h.kirchner - 2013-02-15 18:50

    Very democratic my Zimbabwean sufferers...

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-15 19:12

    I think some of the money for this fund is coming from south of the Limpopo Comrades, you know.

  • gcj.wood - 2013-02-15 19:14

    I really want that suit, it just oozes class and refinement, just like Bob !

  • warren.krog - 2013-02-15 19:32

    Dresses like Chico the clown, is a Clown

  • alananthonygreen - 2013-02-15 19:46

    Going to be so good when the would is rid of this pig.

  • nolan.krombein - 2013-02-15 20:35

    Its amazing how far Zim's last US$271 will stretch. superfund indeed. Bankrupt country - morally and financially, in any currency you choose.

      henk63 - 2013-02-16 14:55

      Diamonds my friend, diamonds. All stolen by Mugapes cronies, now to be reinvested.

  • neil.white.7568 - 2013-02-15 21:33

    Another waste of time and money for a rigged election

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