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THE establishment of the new Zanu-PF Central Committee was completed yesterday, with the body also adopting the resolutions passed at the just-ended 6th National People’s Congress.

The establishment of the Central Committee was delayed after some Zanu-PF members in Mashonaland East raised concern on the list submitted from their province.

They argued that some of the people included were sympathetic to ousted provincial chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde, who is part of former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s cabal that wanted to topple President Mugabe.

President Mugabe told the new Central Committee that they were now national leaders and were expected to carry out their duties without considering narrow interests.

“You are not sitting here as representatives of provinces, given you have come from provinces and we would want you to strengthen the party in the provinces, but you are a national leader as soon as we elect you to a body which stands in place of the National People’s Congress until we have another congress in the next five years,” President Mugabe said.

He said the Central Committee members had huge responsibilities that included disciplining errant party cadres.

“The legal body that represents congress is the Central Committee,” he said. “It can do what congress does and it can make what congress makes.

“In other words, a member of the party can be punished by the Central Committee in the same way congress does using its relative organs. It can expel a member, but upon realising that that member is a violator of the principles of Zanu-PF or that he or she is guilty of misconduct.”

After the President’s address, then acting chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo then read out the names of the members who made it into the new Central Committee.

The Central Committee now constitutes 300 members up from 245 following amendments to the party constitution.

The Central Committee also adopted the draft resolutions that were made at the congress.

Former secretary for legal affairs and new Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa read out the resolutions before Cde Josiah Hungwe moved a motion for their adoption.

Source : The Herald