TENSIONS ran high at the Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial co-ordination committee (PCC) meeting yesterday over failure by party bigwigs to announce names of candidates that had successfully submitted their curriculum vitaes to contest in the District Co-ordination Committee (DCC) elections.
Some members wanted the names to be released at the meeting to avoid rigging.
The meeting, which was held at Marymount Teachers College in Mutare, was attended by several senior party officials who included Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa, Primary and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema, who was the guest of honour, Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba and former Finance minister and Zanu-PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa.
The Zanu-PF DCC elections are set to be held in a few weeks’ time around the country.
A disgruntled Zanu-PF member, who refused to be named, told NewsDay that they were expecting names of successful DCC candidates to be announced during the PCC meeting for the sake of transparency.
“Why are they not unveiling the names? What was the motive of them coming to this meeting?” he said.
Another member, who is eyeing a PCC position in Makoni district, weighed in, saying: “I think the best thing was to announce the names of successful candidates during the meeting as we fear the process might be rigged.”
However, Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro, in his closing remarks, said the candidates will be announced through co-ordinators in the various districts.
“Our leaders instructed that candidates contesting for DCC should not come to the PCC meeting,” Madiro said.
In his speech, Mathema said the DCC elections should strengthen the ruling Zanu-PF party. He also encouraged the candidates to desist from vote-buying.
“The DCC elections should not be a reason to divide us, let’s walk as a united party. We don’t want vote-buying, we don’t want imposition of candidates. The elections should strengthen us than divide us and must also boost our party constitutionalism,” Mathema said