ZIMBABWE STATE OF NATION ADDRESS BY PRES MUGABE: 19 Nov 2017
Open public spats between high ranking officials in the party… made the criticisms levelled against us inescapable.
Fellow Zimbabweans we are nation born out of a protracted struggle for national independence. In respect of the party and the party issues raised, these too stand acknowledged.
I am aware that as a party of liberation – Zanu-PF has written elaborate rules and procedures.
The current criticism raised against by the command element and some of its elemnt has a reason… that the party was stretching and is even failing in its own procedure.
The tradition of resistance is our collective legacy We must all recognise that their participation in the war (veterans) exacted life-long costs. There has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our party as enshrined in its constitution.
To all this… must a general recognition that ZanuPF is a party of traditions
The era of victimisation and arbitrary decision must be put behind.
There must be a clear roadmap to sort out things that affected the party negatively
Let us all move forward, reminding ourselves of our wartime mantra
We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions, real or perceived
We cannot be guided by bitterness and vengefulness
As I conclude this address, I am aware that many developments have occurred in the party given the failings of the past and the anger these might have triggered in some quarters