Mugabe Has Power to Appoint Vice President

via Zanu-PF Chairman: Mugabe Has Power to Appoint Vice President by Arthur Chigoriwa 02.12.2013 VOAZimbabwe

Zanu-PF National Chairman Simon Khaya Moyo says the filling of the second vice presidential post at his party’s forthcoming 14th People’s Conference lies in the hands of President Robert Mugabe, the leader of the party and no-one else.

Speaking in Chinhoyi on Monday at the sidelines of the handover of conference facilities that will be used by Zanu-PF for the conference, Khaya Moyo said the president can use his powers enshrined in the party constitution to fill the post left vacant by John Nkomo’s death.

Zanu PF’s coordinating committee, led by the party’s political commissar Webster Shamu, handed the conference facilities to Moyo ahead of the conference. Khaya Moyo said people should not expect the vacant position to be filled at this month’s conference.

He says the party’s elective congress is set for next year.

According to Article 5 of the Zanu-PF Constitution, it is only the Congress that can elect the president and first secretary of the party, the two vice presidents, second secretaries and the national chairman.

Asked why it seemed the country’s constitution was being disregarded as Zanu-PF waits for its congress to elect a second vice president, Moyo said he had no authority to speak on government issues.

Moyo said the Zanu-PF conference this month will focus and strategise on how the country can ensure food security, social service, poverty eradication, infrastructure development, beneficiation and value addition, adding that Zimbabwe should try its best to add value to its raw materials.

On alleged divisions in the party, the Zanu-PF chairman called on party leaders and ordinary members to bury their differences and “move in harmony, in one direction” in the party’s quest to hold a successful conference.

The conference centre, a 7,000 seater facility, was built with the help of a South African company, GL Oasys Events.

Zanu-PF has kept the cost of the conference and source of funding under wraps though Chinhoyi University of Technology sources said Mbada Diamonds Company was involved in funding some, if not all, activities at the site.

The theme of the conference is “Growing the Economy for Empowerment and Employment”. It derived its theme from the party and government’s blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET).

The conference starts December 12 and ends three days later. President Mugabe will officially open the conference on December 13. For entertainment, a gala will be held at the end of the conference as the party celebrates its July 31st election victory.

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    REALLY!

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    Kalusha 8 years ago

    Let’s do away with the issue of 2 vice presidents,it is a waste of resources

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    At least someone from byo will enjoy in the wasted resources.

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    Khaya'bonina 8 years ago

    @Kalusha , may be you need to understand the reason why ZAPU which was led by Nkomo came to this agreement with ZANU , it was solely to minimise the fighting which erupted after the independence , the two parties agreed on a one party state , and it was agreed that they should be two vice presidents and one of these vices as a second one should be from the former ZAPU leaders. Look at it , the second vice president is always a Ndebele person , now look , Mujuru is the senior vice president and Khayo Moyo a Ndebele stand a chance to be just a second vice president lower rank to Mujuru , now before we say anything lets look at this , do we need to break the agreement which was signed by Nkomo and Mugabe restoring peace , do you think if we do away with agreement , are we going to see more tribalism and possibilities of conflicts among the former ZAPU members and ZANU members ? To do away with the second vice president might hit back at ZANU PF .Kalusha you might be from Zambia but this is how the position of the second vice president was created , i respect this position , but i am more concerned that it is sort of manipulation to former ZAPU members , if ever this position have got an important role to play , then the gap should have been covered long back after the death of John Nkomo a brother to Joshua Nkomo , therefore ZANU PF might be up to something because of their delays , if ever it was accepted by Joshua Mqhabuko Nkomo , then its an honour to the Ndebeles and it must be respected .

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    @Khaya’bonina
    Look here my friend, that gukurawundi ZANU PF Vice Presidents is useless not only for the country, but also for the individual appointed and the Mthwakazi people. Its is a consequence of the December 1987 Gukurahuundi Unity Agreement which was signed under duress by Nkomo because Mugabe wanted a one party state.

    This agreement is wholly responsible for the current prevailing view in Zimbabwe’s political environment that determines that leaders from Mthwakazi provinces always have to play second fiddle to those from outside Mthwakazi provinces. How do you respect such an arrangement, if you are a self respecting Mthwakazi?

    This arrangement has become entrenched in the political psyche of the majority in Zimbabwe and further carbon copied in all opposition party leadership structures except in the MDC and ZAPU.

    Unfortunately, it seems to have trickled down to the work environment; language use and cultural expression. You can not build a united and successful nation through such divisive tactics – NEVER, OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!!!

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    sir simbarashe 8 years ago

    when comes to look past political incidence more especialy from zimbabwe one need to consider the history care fully. its not about ndebele and shonas’s .

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    Oh Sorry 8 years ago

    The people of Matebele still vote ZPF. Eish very sad!!!

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    Ndlovu Kayisa 8 years ago

    If u a mtkwakazi separatist you are a dead dreamer. forget about that.

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    Ndlovu Kayisa 8 years ago

    Reality and experience from past teaches us what to do. taking into account the atrocities commited on the shona by lobengula and his pipo – no normal Shona who are now in the majority will let a Ndebele take top position. on the other hand taking into account gukurahundi if fact if a Ndebele should ever get number one job they should never give it back to the shona. it will be the Tutsi type.

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      Mthwakazi 8 years ago

      @Ndlovu Kayisa
      In fact a modern Shona in this century who is stuck in the precolonial tribal history of the 1800s is to me NOT NORMAL. So I dont understand when you say NO NORMAL Shona would allow a Ndebele to take a top position.

      How did Shonas support Joshua Nkomo in the 1960s before Mugabe joined politics? Were they all abnormal?

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    Sibangilizwe Lethube 8 years ago

    Guys why waste your time discussing petty issues. If MDC T does not get its rightful chance to change this country ,everyone in Zimbabwe will live to see the country tumble down under the cruel hands of zanu pf.
    Even those in zanu pf will live to see the country tumbling under their party.The keys of the country to be successful are in the hands of MDC T whether you like it or not that is the truth beyond doubt.

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    Kalusha 8 years ago

    Even though 2vice presidents waste resources,i know history of zim also.it doesn’t mean appointing a person from your home region uzaphiwa amantshontsho usebenzela imuli yakibo

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    Zimbabweans are not yet ready to move their country forward, that is my view. All these arrangements of two vice presidents etc as just as wasteful of national resources as apartheid was.

    During apartheid, they had to duplicate everything (social facilities)in oredr to accommodate their obsession with separation of races and tribes.

    Building a school in an area would always mean building four of them in order to accommodate Blacks, Cloureds, Whites and Indians separately – a very foolish idea, if you ask me. This is what is happening in Zimbabwe.

    Instead just choosing a President on merit, you are too obsessed with tribes; hence the duplication of positions in government.

    What a waste in such a small country, with an economy probably the size of Polokwane in South Africa!!