Zanu-PF Revs Into Election Gear

Zanu-PF launches its election manifesto and campaign tomorrow, with First Secretary and President Cde E.D Mnangagwa expected to roll out the revolutionary party’s roadmap ahead of harmonised elections this year. The elections are expected by the end of July.

The zanu-pf machinery begins massive campaigns after the party held its primary elections this week to choose candidates for the National Assembly, Senatorial, council, women’s quota and provincial council elections.

President Mnangagwa is the revolutionary party’s Presidential candidate.

Tomorrow’s launch will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre.

zanu-pf’s secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu confirmed the development yesterday.

“It’s (the launch) on and there is no instruction other than that,” he said.

“We have sent invitations to provinces.”

One of the circulars sent by the party to its members reads: “This letter serves to advise that the zanu-pf 2018 harmonised election manifesto/campaign launch will take place on the 4th of May 2018 at the Harare International Conference Centre.”

“All the invited delegates will be expected to be in Harare on Thursday 3 May 2018 in the afternoon. Delegates will be ferried by buses to and from Harare.”

According to the circular, those invited to the event include Politburo, Central Committee, National Consultative Assembly members and all those who sit in the national executives of the Youth and Women’s Leagues.

Also invited are national affiliate organisations (top 10), members of the Chiefs Council, district party coordinators and provincial party administrators.

Senatorial, National Assembly, proportional representative and council election candidates will be among the delegates and they will be introduced to the party leadership.

Cde Mpofu last week said zanu-pf was taking the electioneering period seriously with the party having already started rolling out a billboard advertising campaign for President Mnangagwa.

Billboards have been erected in major cities with campaign messages, including branded vehicles being shown off on social media platforms.

“We are expecting all the provinces to converge in Harare where we will introduce our candidates,” Cde Mpofu said.

“The President and First Secretary of zanu-pf is going to give us a roadmap on how we are going to conduct our elections. It’s going to be a big day and there will be a big message from His Excellency, supported by the leadership of the party. What we have done at the moment is to mount billboards and other advertising material. “This is electioneering time. This is just an appetiser of what we are going to be doing. We want to show those that thought we were not serious about elections that we are the most serious party in the race.”

Recently, the party’s national political commissar, Lieutenant-General Engelbert Rugeje (Retired), said once the party rolls out its campaign material, it would distribute more than 15 million T-shirts, 15 million caps and 2 million wrappers.

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