The Sunday News
Wallace Ruzvidzo, Harare Bureau
Zanu-PF will hold all outstanding District Co-ordinating Committee (DCC) elections at once as it moves to consolidate its structures, the party’s national political commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda has said.
The DCC elections will all be held before the party’s 19th Annual National People Conference to be hosted by Mashonaland Central in December. Harare and Bulawayo have already completed the restructuring of DCCs, while the party’s eight other provinces remain outstanding. Cde Matemadanda told our Harare Bureau that although dates for the DCC elections were yet to be finalised, the party had decided to hold the elections at one go.
“We have eight provinces left and they will all be done at once but we do not have the dates as yet but we will announce in due course,” he said.
Last week the party closed the deadline for the submission of CVs for cadres intending to take part in the elections. Cde Matemadanda warned party members against engaging in any malpractices ahead of the elections, saying “the Politburo would not hesitate to institute disciplinary action”. The Zanu-PF national commissar said DCCs are expected to be the party’s trump card in wooing more voters ahead of the 2023 elections.
“The DCCs are going to play a major role in our drive to get five million members by 2023 so that we assert our dominance on the political playing field in Zimbabwe. This is why we want to do things correctly so that our party remains strong,” he said.
At the party’s last Politburo meeting, Zanu-PF First Secretary President Emmerson Mnangagwa said reintroduction of the DCCs should serve as a mechanism to consolidate party structures at grassroots level. DCC structures were disbanded in 2012 after the previous party leadership felt that the structures were being used to fuel divisions in the party.
However, the New Dispensation led by President Mnangagwa has said the DCCs will reinvigorate the party and accomplish the goals of its manifesto.
In Harare, Cde Godwills Masimirembwa was elected as the DCC chairman for Zone 4, while other zonal chairpersons are Cde Godwin Gomwe (Zone 2), Cde Ephraim Fundukwa (Zone 6), Cde Kudakwashe Damson (Zone 5), Cde Mafuratidze Goodwell (Zone 1) and Cde George Chimhini (Zone 3).
In Bulawayo, Cde Raymond Mtomba is the DCC chair for (Zone 1) while the chairman for Zone 2 is Cde Paul Mutara and for Zone 3 Cde Maidei Mpala was elected. Cde Obert Msindo is the chairman for Zone 4 while Zone 5 is chaired by Cde Zowa Msika with Cde Freedom Mahachi being the youth chairman for the province.