ZANU PF cadres who may feel aggrieved by the outcome of the recently held District Coordinating Committee (DCC) polls can seek recourse through the appropriate party channels but must not use the media to air their grievances as that amounts to putting the name of the party into disrepute, President Mnangagwa said.
This comes as the governing party has dispatched teams to some areas around the country to gather views of some aggrieved persons as Zanu PF seeks to ensure that the aspirations of its members are fulfilled so as to entrench democracy.
In his address to the 347 ordinary session of the Politburo at the party headquarters in Harare yesterday, the Mnangagwa commended teams that supervised the DCC elections and also the candidates who campaigned in a peaceful and disciplined manner.
“Let me reiterate that the DCC structures and the elections thereof must unite the party and act as a springboard for entrenching our party’s revolutionary ideology, constitutionalism and strong grassroots mobilisation.
“Article 3 Section 20, subsection 2 enshrines the right of members to be elected to any office of the party, subject to the rules and regulations determined by the Central Committee; while subsection 7, gives members the right to seek remedy in respect to any grievances as a result of the action of any person in authority over him”.
As such the President added that any party cadres who may have grievances with the outcome of the DCC polls has a right to seek recourse through the relevant party channels.
“However, in doing so loyalty and discipline, as expressed through understanding and adherence of the party constitution, ethics and guiding principles must always be at the core.
“I therefor want to dissuade our members from using both the mainline and social media to express their grievances. Doing so, amounts to bringing the name of the party into disrepute”
ZANU-PF Gwanda South legislator Abednico Ncube could be the first one in trouble after he called for a rerun in the party’s Gwanda District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections arguing that less than a quarter of members voted due to logistical issues.
In a statement issued to state media Ncube, who is also a member of the Politburo and Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, said the outcome of the elections were not a true reflection of the people’s desires.
He said the statement made by Dr Sithembiso Nyoni who is the leader of the Matabeleland South voting process that elections had gone smoothly was not a true reflection of what transpired.
“The voting process for DCC members in particular in Gwanda District didn’t go well at all because a few people voted. Less than a quarter of people in the district voted and to say that the voting process went well will be misinforming the head office,” said Ncube.
“Gwanda South is composed of eight wards and out of those wards only one voted. The teams which had been deployed to facilitate the voting process on Saturday arrived as late as 2 or 4PM in some wards and many people had already left.
“They were then advised to go back on the following day but found a few people.
“Zanu-PF is a democratic party and in order for the DCC elections to be deemed successful people should be given a chance to vote in their numbers and select a leader they want.”
He said they had scrutinised names of candidates that applied for DCC posts and raised concerns about some of the names but their concerns were ignored.
Ncube alleged that some people were trying to destroy the party by imposing their own candidates. He said Gwanda District party members were committed towards defending the party, revolution and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“We are saying let’s have a re-run of DCC elections in Gwanda so that these anomalies can be corrected and people can vote for the leaders that they want. Let’s have elections being done correctly by having more people voting.
“Gwanda is a stronghold of the party and if we let slide such issues, we will cripple the party,” he said.