Kazembe extends olive branch to poll opponents

by | Dec 31, 2021 | Local News, Politics | 0 comments


Hosia Mviringi

Newly elected Mashonaland Central ZANU PF Provincial Chairman Kazembe Kazembe who won the province`s tightly contested election, has reached out to candidates he was running against.

Cde Kazembe, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Affairs, garnered 20 968 votes against the only rival Cde Tafadzwa Musarara who amassed 17 709 votes.

Speaking to TateguruTv after the announcement o f official preliminary results at the Party Headquarters in Harare today, Kazembe called for unity and invited his rival Mr Musarara to join hands with him to make Mashonaland Central a stronghold of the party come 2023.

“I stretch my hand out to Cde Tafadzwa Musarara and all those cadres who supported his cause in this race. This is my invite to him to work together towards delivering five million votes for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the upcoming harmonised elections in 2023,” he said.

Cde Kazembe said such periodic internal processes are a very important activity as they keep the party structures active and ready for the next elections.

The processes are what the party needs to keep the party together and energised while fending off any opposition challenge especially in its known strongholds, while breaking new ground and expanding footprint in otherwise hostile territories.

“Going forward, and as we begin preparations for 2023, working with all party structures in the province, we will once again deliver all Constituencies in Mashonaland Central to ZANU PF and help consolidate the gains of the liberation struggle,” said Cde Kazembe.

Mashonaland Central is famed for its central role in the liberation of the country from colonial rule.
The province birthed Mbuya Nehanda and provided fertile routes for newly recruited cadres to cross over into Mozambique and Zambia for military training.

Under the Chairmanship of Cde Kazembe Kazembe, Mashonaland Central delivered all 18 Constituencies to ZANU PF in the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections.
This makes the province one of the best performers for the party and the new Chairman is not lost to the challenge ahead of him.

“The challenge that I face as the new party Provincial Chairman is to unite the party and make it even stronger, retain all seats back in ZANU PF, broaden the support base and contribute towards a comfortable win by our Presidential candidate Cde E.D Mnangagwa in 2023,” he continued.

“For me this is a task that we will have to accomplish without compromise. The party will continue working with traditional and religious leaders in addressing problems that the province currently face and delivering on party promises that include accelerated development and projects for youths and women,” he said.

Cde Kazembe has urged his legion of supporters to embrace those members that they contested against and to accept political contestations as a healthy measure and expression of democracy, both within and without the party.

“As we turn a new leaf in the life of our party ZANU PF, I continue to urge all members to embrace unity and more unity as a yardstick for political maturity, to foster peace and prosperity for our beautiful country,” said Cde Kazembe.

The internal party electoral between Cde Kazembe and Cde Musarara attracted the attention of the whole country as both frontrunners had a strong chance to win.

It is widely accepted that the calibre of Provincial executives has a high bearing on the ultimate performance of the party in subsequent national elections.
The new party Provincial structures are set to become the backbone of the party’s push to remain the most eminent and dominant party in the country in forthcoming elections.