ZANU PF says inflation, poverty and intra-party divisions are biggest risks to its power – Pindula News

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The ZANU PF Central Committee report says rising inflation, deepening poverty and internal divisions within the party are the biggest risks to its power.

The party is banking on a grassroots campaign, reaching out to various interest groups and public infrastructure projects to secure a victory next year, newzwire.live reported.

Below are the main findings of the Central Committee’s report, which was distributed to convention delegates.

1). ZANU PF claims over 4.2 million members

The party says it has conducted a membership audit to ascertain how many members it has. The party claims 4,245,850 members. The party got this number by just multiplying the number of cells it has, 84,917, by 50, the number of members each cell is supposed to have. Some cells, however, do not have 50 people.

2). ZANU PF raises US$6.5 million from donors and members in 2022

According to the financial accounts, which form part of the Central Committee report, ZANU PF raised Z$1.6 billion in 2022 through subscriptions, donations, investments and the government. It raised US$6.4 million through donations and an additional US$46,952 through subscriptions. There is no donor disclosure. The party piloted electronic membership cards in the Midlands province in 2021, raising Z$2,177,849 and US$102,978 and it plans to roll them out to other provinces.

3). Grassroots campaigns, targeting interest groups for 2023

The party says its strategy for next year’s elections is to rebuild grassroots structures, target special interest groups and amplify what it sees as infrastructure successes. ZANU PF also targets different blocks of voters, including “businessmen and professionals”. The party will extend its outreach to churches, especially apostolic churches, students and artisanal miners who represent a large group of potential voters. ZANU PF also says the growing “For ED” groups are key to growing its electoral base.

4). Impact of food aid

ZANU PF says food aid needs to be stepped up because “if it doesn’t people will vote with their stomachs”.

5). NGO helping the opposition

ZANU PF claims that the opposition is “intruding into ZANU PF strongholds, particularly rural constituencies”, and blames NGOs for this. He sees small grants of between US$10 and US$20 given to vulnerable people by aid agencies such as Goal Zimbabwe, Danish Church Aid and Plan International as a threat and a boon to the opposition.

6). Elections 2023

I). ZANU PF says the opposition CCC is planning to use violence, saying opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s “battle cry, ‘faka pressure’ is also likely to incite violence”.

ii). The party says plans by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network and the Election Resource Center to conduct a parallel voter tabulation next year “are a recipe for chaos and mayhem as well as a serious security threat”.

seven). Internal fighting can cost ZANU PF elections

The party says it lost two neighborhood by-elections in Bulilima “due to complacency, apathy and poor coordination among party officials”. The ZANU PF security department warns that divisions over internal elections could cost the party dearly.

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