MASVINGO— As the party heads for its annual December conference, the ZANU PF provincial executive here has shut the door on wannabe presidential candidates in the 2023 elections saying they rally behind President Emmerson Mnangagwa and will not tolerate anyone who tries to derail his second term of office.
The provincial youth league has vowed to defend Mnangagwa with their blood if it comes down to it.
Speaking during a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting yesterday, provincial chairperson and minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira said the party and national constitution are clear on that a President should serve at most two terms.
“We hear a lot of reports that there are people who are working to destabilise the party and we are watching you closely. As Masvingo we say that must stop and we want to make it clear that President Mnangagwa is our candidate for 2023.
“We will not tolerate anyone who will try to derail our progress. This is our resolution as a province and we have our party’s and national constitutions to support us. A President should serve at most two terms and President Mnangagwa will be our candidate in 2023,” said Chadzamira who took some punches for the incumbent at the heat of Zanu PF factional fights between Lacoste and G40.
Senator Lovemore Matuke who is also deputy minister of labour said the party should remain united under Mnangagwa saying people should help him to achieve the 2030 vision.
“President Mnangagwa is a man with a vision and we have to support that vision. The vision is for the year 2030 and that means he has to be on top until we realise that vision.
“He has proven to be a man of his word that is why as Masvingo we have seen it only fair to endorse him for 2023,” said Matuke.
Provincial youth league boss Brian Munyoro said as the youth they are very clear on where they stand regarding 2023.
“We said and we will always say that President Mnangagwa is our choice for 2023. We will not move from that position and we will defend that position with our blood if it comes down to it.
“Our slogan is (2023 ED Pfee) and all the party youths are behind this resolution,” said Munyoro.
Also present at the PCC was Gutu Central legislator and national youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi, Masvingo North legislator and minister of State in the office of Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Davison Marapira and Senator Josiah Hungwe among others.