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Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators’ Association chairman Cde Pupurai Togarepi has been elected new Zanu-PF chairman for Masvingo province.

He takes over from Cde Paradzai Chakona, who was acting chairman, following the ousting of Retired Brigadier-General Callisto Gwanetsa recently.

Cde Togarepi was thrust into power in elections held on Saturday during the Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial inter-district conference that also overwhelmingly endorsed President Mugabe’s continued leadership together with the elevation of First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe to become the Secretary for Women’s Affairs.

Cde Togarepi was elected unopposed in polls that saw Cde Chakona reverting to his original position as vice chairman with Masvingo West Member of Parliament Cde Ezra Chadzamira becoming the new provincial secretary for administration.

Bikita South Member of Parliament Cde Jappy Jaboon was elected political commissar with Chivi Rural District Council chairman Cde Killer Zivhu becoming treasurer.

Former Chiredzi South Member of Parliament Cde Alois Baloyi was elected Secretary for Information and Publicity. Cde Togarepi said he was happy to take over the leadership of Zanu-PF in Masvingo following the cleansing of the revolutionary party by removing elements that were plotting to oust President Mugabe from power.

He said the major challenge facing Masvingo was lack of development.

He said there was need for Government to acquire Tongaat Hulett sugar plantations for redistribution to landless people saying the sugar producer should concentrate on milling only.

“We also want to continue to push for the indigenisation of companies such as Renco Mine and Bikita Minerals so that our people benefit from their resources.

“These companies are being protected by some of our people who are greedy and want to enjoy while the majority suffers,” he said.

Cde Togarepi said Zanu-PF is fully behind President Mugabe in Masvingo, together with The First Lady Dr Mugabe, who is set to become the new Women’s Affairs boss.

Speaking at the close of the conference, Politburo member Cde Josaya Hungwe urged the new crop of leaders to continue rallying behind President Mugabe, whom he described as a consistent and steadfast leader.

Cde Hungwe said the congress was supposed to be attended by people who were unquestionably behind President Mugabe’s leadership.

“The congress that we will be attending is President Mugabe’s congress. Those who are opposed to his rule should not be part of the congress, they have no place there,” he said.

Former Masvingo governor Cde Titus Maluleke said the congress was coming at a time when the revolutionary party had been cleansed of the ghosts that sought to cause discord in Zanu-PF in a bid to effect regime change. Cde Chakona said the election of new party provincial leaders was done to correct the outcome of a fraudulent poll that was led by the fired Cde Gwanetsa.

He also said the ruling party had resolved to request the Zanu-PF national leadership to reinstate Cde Munyaradzi Kereke, who was suspended in the run-up to last year’s elections for alleged insubordination after he contested the Bikita West House of Assembly seat on a Zanu-PF ticket after the leadership had told him to step down for Cde Elias Musakwa.

Dr Kereke went on to win the elections after two candidates stood for Zanu-PF while Mr Heya Shoko represented Zanu- PF.

“We have recommended the readmission of Dr Kereke into Zanu-PF and we await the decision of the Politburo. We want Zanu-PF to have all the 26 House of Assembly seats in the bag,” added Cde Chakona.

Source : The Herald