via Zanu PF Elections: What they Said — Nehanda Radio DECEMBER 1, 2013
“Cde (Joice) Mujuru’s biggest challenge will be to ensure that she is still alive by the time they have their congress next year otherwise the presidency is now in her handbag.” Chalton Hwende, MDC-T National Executive Member.
The unspoken succession battle in Zimbabwe’s ruling party has gone public and the party is struggling to limit the damage.
“It does not matter whether the elections were chaotic or not. What is important is that Mother [Mujuru] is now as good as the next President,” a loyalist to Vice President Joice Mujuru being quoted by a local weekly newspaper.
“What the politburo agreed was disregarded. They are in charge of the whole process and created their own registers in order to disenfranchise rival supporters,” Zanu PF member of a faction calling itself Mugabe Five Year Team.
“There is maximum co-operation from CIO and police,” Dzikamai Mavhaire (Energy Minister on the Central Intelligence Organisation, Police, District Administrator’s office and war veterans being roped in to facilitate the voting process.
“It’s a disaster because people were not able to exercise their democratic right to choose their preferred candidates,” Sanyati senator, Blessing Runesu Geza, who was contesting the Mashonaland West provincial chairpersonship.
“I do not know who tampered with the voters roll in Harare,” Killian Sibanda, who was contesting elections in Bulawayo.
“What incidences are you talking about? The elections have gone according to plan and we have not received any reports of disturbances,” Zanu PF party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.
“We are on course and I am going to win. The elections are going on well and we should have all results in Harare by end of day today,” Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman, Amos Midzi.
“We are making the necessary arrangements so that everyone who has a right to vote will do so. I have not received any reports of problems so far,” Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman, Amos Midzi.
“Zanu PF is the only democratic party in Zimbabwe capable of holding democratic elections. There will be no problems and I can assure you of that.” Zanu PF activist Gabriel Chaibva.