ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST SECRETARY OF ZANU PF, COMRADE R.G. MUGABE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 105TH ORDINARY MEETING OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE, PARTY HEADQUARTERS, 7TH APRIL, 2017
Vice President and Second Secretary, Comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa,
Vice President and Second secretary Comrade Phelelekezela Mphoko,
Secretary for Administration, Comrade Ignatious Chombo,
Members of the Politburo
Members of Central committee
Comrades and Friends
I welcome you all yet another ordinary meeting of our Central Committee. I trust you travelled well from the various provinces that you represent and that you are well and fit yet another session which must review our programs for the first quarter of the year, while also charting out way forward for our party.
This is a crucial year, anticipating, as it does,2018,the year we are required by our national constitution to go back to the people in order to renew our governing mandate .
It is our first meeting since the break of the New Year and let me tender my belated compliments for the New Year. Let me salute Masvingo Province for the recent by-election victory in Bikita West which sent a ringing message to the ramshackle opposition for daring to stand against the ZANU-PF electoral rights.
The province upheld the winning trend which had been ours to enjoy since the whitewashing 2013harmonised elections, but which had suffered a fluke interpretation in the poorly run Norton by-election. Indeed Manicaland repaired that winning record which Masvingo proceeded to consolidate. We expect to maintain this winning streak in the forthcoming Mwenezi by-elections which has already sent shivers in opposition upstarts
The message to be gleaned from the successive victories is that of huge reward that await us, indeed the ceaseless celebrations which are ours to enjoy , for as long as we think, plan and act in unison , bound by common belief, and an abiding sense of camaraderie. Of course we should remain the avowed interpreters of the people’s wishes. All the time, evolving policies and programmes which are orientated toward as our people in times of difficulties and advancing their interests and welfare when the prospects allow.
Today we reap the happy rewards of fending for all our people in the year of drought which we slowly putting behind us , thanks to the good rains that have been ours to enjoy this season .Our flagship Command Agricultural Programmes and traditional Presidential Input Scheme demonstrated not just our closeness to the people, but the correctness of our policies and programmes in bringing about a quick recovery and turnaround in the pivotal agricultural sector. As a result the prospects before us are decidedly bright with a palpable sense of hope pervading our Nation. We have regained our status as food-secure Nation, something which must be applauded.
The promise of a good agricultural performance translates, quite naturally, into even greater support for our Party as we inch toward the 2018 harmonised elections. Reeled by successive by-electoral blows, the opposition is in quagmire, all the time clutching at straws in the vain hope of some modicum of political respectability which routinely eludes them. We look with glee as they daily turn on each other, while pretending to chase a mirage they have termed grans coalition, apparently unaware of the grand defeat that stares them in the face.
Unable to face our mighty Party, they have now turned their guns on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, itself a constitutional body mandated to run elections in our country. Afflicted by madness which knows no bounds, they even seek to interfere with mundane Government tendering processes, hoping for some opportunistic fissures that might give them some slender chance. Nor is that all. They make futile noises by which they hope to besmirch and override Zimbabwe`s sovereignty through attempts to involve international bodies which have no role in the running of elections in sovereign countries. Shame on them! As they expend their faltering energies on such inane calls and charades, we must ourselves take full advantage of this confusion to consolidate our support on the ground in readiness for another emphatic win in the forthcoming harmonized elections.
Our Command Agricultural programme is not just about recovering from the severe drought, which hit us in the previous season. As already stated, it is about restoring food security in our nation. More important, this agricultural recovery is a prelude to, and an integral part of our broader response to the challenges of illegal economic sanctions imposed on us by the spiteful West, indeed a key component towards sustainable economic recovery and employment.
As l address you and against the good prospects in Agricultural , we already see signs of a new surge in the economy auspicious signs while must never be lost to us merely because of some problems of adjustment which we must go through and which should be behind us quite soon. I am very happy that cash crop farmers , principally those in the tobacco and cotton sub-sectors, have risen to the occasion, complementing what our ,maize farmers have done. The reigning firmer prices in the tobacco sub-sector are a deserved reward to their sterling efforts .Equally, the cotton crop should re-ignite activity in the textile sector, in the process creating significant employment opportunities for our people.
The livestock facility under Command Agricultural Programme, coupled with measures Government is taking towards the resuscitation of the Cold Storage Company, should trigger sympathetic development in the livestock sub-sector .All these programmes, we must always remember, emanate from our ZANU-PF, and are thus ours to claim and build on as we mobilize grassroots support in readiness for the 2018 harmonized elections.
Against such auspicious developments, the mood in the Party must tally and splendidly resonate with the reigning buoyancy. These successes we have wrestled and earned against hard odds and prophecies of gloom and doom. They must inform the mood and temperament in our Party. There is absolutely no need or reason for cultivating messages of discordance or despondency in the Party. Absolutely none at all!
The successes outlined above do not owe to any one person or any one organ of the party or Government. They owe to all of us ; they belong to all organs of the Party and Government which, in combination and harmony, enabled this excellency result that is our reap. The policies came from the Party, ZANU-PF Government. The benefits rebound to our people and our Nation in its entirety.
This is what makes us the only national Party of trust and record, indeed the author of policies that equate with peoples aspirations and well-being. It is sheer small mindedness to.
This meeting will receive many reports reflecting activity areas of the Party in different spheres. We must weigh these critically so we note deficiencies there might be, while augmenting strong points we have achieved. Above all, we need to pay particular attention to reports from those provinces which got affected by the recent cyclone activities. We need to ensure Government moves in speedily to assuage challenges faced by families that are displaced, while a lasting solution is of course being developed. I am happy that our security forces rose to the occasion, as also did the inter-ministerial teams, which were constituted for the purpose. We must ensure a speedy return to normalcy.
Pamberi ne ZANU-PF
I thank you