By Ndafadza Madanha - ZANU PF Information Department
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Party members to remain united and work towards delivering on pledges made to the electorate.
Addressing the 337th ordinary session of the Politburo, President Mnangagwa said the Party must begin in earnest preparations for the 2023 harmonised elections.
“The 2023 Harmonised General Elections are just around the corner, and we should now begin to intensify our preparations. The Party cannot afford to be preoccupied with sideshows and negative noises meant to cause despondency among our membership.
"The Party should remain united and disciplined, with us members of the Politburo leading by example. Let us never allow personal interests and ambitions to rise to levels which threaten the collective good of the Party. Our energies should be focused towards Party building, harmony and unity, as well as increased economic productivity”.
The President said members must desist from discussing Party issues in the private media as this causes divisions.
He said both Party and Government must step up efforts to publicise successes of the 2nd Republic to counter the negative narrative of detractors.
“It is however, greatly disheartening that the voice of the Party and Government remains inaudible when it comes to defending Party and Government policies and programmes.
"This is against the present, unrelenting onslaught against us by our detractors. I yet again challenge the Party membership and Government functionaries to speak up, act and occupy the space”.
The President said the Party must focus on preparing for the 40th Independence celebrations to be held in Bulawayo.
Turning to the Food security situation the President said modalities are in place to ensure no citizen goes without food.
He called upon retailers and wholesalers to stop wantonly increasing prices of basic commodities.
“Government remains seized with ensuring adequate grain imports to guarantee food security. Modalities are being worked to roll out the mealie-meal coupon system. I call upon all stakeholders to shun corruption in the distribution and sale of mealie-meal and other essential commodities
Furthermore, we appeal to manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to desist from wantonly increasing prices of basic commodities. Rest assured the Government is doing all that is possible to stabilise the macro-economic fundamentals”.
The President said the country was prepared to deal with any cases of the Coronavirus and urged Government departments to minimise unnecessary travel outside the continent.