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The appointments by the President and First Secretary of the ruling Zanu-PF party of the two Vice Presidents and Second Secretaries and the National Chairman will be the icing to the 6th National People’s Congress.

According to the Zanu-PF constitution, these cadres are members of the top brass.

The party’s constitution clearly outlines their functions and responsibilities, which include, deputising and exercising any or all of the functions of the President and First Secretary in his absence or at his request and, carrying out any other functions as may be assigned to them by the President and First Secretary.

The constitution also outlines the National Chairman’s major functions.

General as it might sound, this will not be a walk in the park.

These people are being appointed to work for the party and the people with undivided allegiance because not only has the President and First Secretary Cde Mugabe demonstrated his principled stand on issues of national interest, but his allegiance to Zimbabwe is not controvertible.

This is his hallmark, which we expect will be emulated by his appointed lieutenants.

These are also no ordinary appointments because these are people who are expected to work hand in glove with the President and First Secretary for the good of the nation.

They should be individuals whose leadership credentials should not be questionable whose principled commitment and allegiance to the revolutionary party should also not be in doubt.

These appointments demonstrate the faith and trust the President and First Secretary has in their abilities to execute their responsibilities according to the party’s dictates.

It should also exhibit their commitment to steer the revolutionary party’s aspirations to fulfil its election promises through the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) blueprint.

Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development has taken a battering in the past two decades due to the West’s illegally imposed economic sanctions.

It is time to rebuild and put the country back on course.

These will be some of the building blocks to winning the 2018 elections, because the opposition is closely watching, and they will want to use every available opportunity presented to them in their quest for power.

Those appointed should accept these positions, which are coming from the rank and file of Zanu-PF members, who empowered the President and First Secretary to make the appointments with humility.

They should have a mentality of servant leadership because despite holding such high-level leadership positions, their responsibility within and outside the party is to serve the people and not vice versa.

If they know that they cannot lead the people or follow their leader, then they should pave way for those who want to ensure that Zanu-PF remains and retains its principled revolutionary position regionally and internationally.

The two Vice Presidents and Second Secretaries, and the National Chairman should not be individuals who take things for granted, believing that they have a sense of entitlement to these highest positions in the party’s hierarchy.

Their responsibilities would also be to ensure that factional fights are a thing of the past.

Party leaders and members whose conduct brings the party’s name into disrepute should be dealt with according the dictates of the party’s constitution. There should be no sacred cows.

Zanu-PF, one of Africa’s formidable revolutionary parties under the leadership of President Mugabe, should never again allow itself to be dragged into muck like what happened during the run-up to the 2014 National People’s Congress.

It was a betrayal of the trust that the people put in the party when they overwhelmingly voted for President Mugabe and the party in the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections.

Instead of capitalising on that landslide victory, some of the President and First Secretary’s lieutenants were busy creating parallel structures and dividing the people.

The Zim-Asset economic turnaround blueprint became a by-word, when the people with the responsibility failed to ensure that follow-ups were made.

This demoralised the electorate, considering the economic challenges the country is facing.

Plotting against the President and First Secretary was not only counterproductive, but it was also a ploy to weaken the revolutionary party and make it kowtow to the whims and caprices of Western nations that have declared Zimbabwe their number 1 enemy.

Thus we expect to see a renewed and focused leadership, which would also make Zanu-PF ger.

The people’s aspirations for a renewed and committed leadership that will deliver are high, and it is our hope that the members who will be appointed by the President and First Secretary will be up to it.

We wish them all the best.

Source : The Herald