Addressing the 344th session of the Zanu-PF Politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Harare yesterday, the President set the record straight on the recent visit by an African National Congress delegation from South Africa that came and engaged Zanu-PF as sister parties, at an indaba that debunked the crisis narrative that fugitives and opposition functionaries would like to foist on Zimbabwe.
“Our people must be updated and made aware. The trend, whereby our detractors use popular culture and arts to attack and undermine our nation, unity, peace, and value systems cannot be allowed to continue. Patriotic artists from across the country must be nurtured and appropriately empowered to facilitate the preservation of our national heritage, identity and pride,” he said.
Last week, the ANC sent a delegation led by its Secretary-General, Cde Ace Magashule, which met Zanu-PF following blatant misrepresentations on social media propagated by criminal G40 elements in South Africa and other parts of the continent. The ANC delegation’s visit came after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent envoys to deliver a message, between Heads of State and Government, to his counterpart President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said ANC and Zanu- PF continue to share experiences and strategies in view of the ongoing onslaught by detractors. “As you are aware, the party received a delegation from our sister party, the ANC. We continue as former Liberation Movements to share experiences and other strategies in view of the ongoing onslaught by our detractors and neo-colonialists. Such solidarity and exchanges must be strengthened across all the Leagues of our Parties,” said President Mnangagwa.
He scoffed at some opposition parties, some churches, and civic society organization coveting to meeting the ANC delegation saying such attempts were futile and mere dreams.
“Presidential envoys remain Presidential envoys from one President to another. Party envoys remain party envoys from one party to another. Those who dream otherwise are allowed in democracy to dream,” said President Mnangagwa.
Zanu-PF has said that “the party-to-party meeting” comes against a “backdrop of false claims that Zimbabwe is a nation in crisis”. After the meeting, both Zanu-PF and the ANC delegation dismissed as false the reports that there is an economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe.
“I challenge the leadership of the party from the Politburo and Central Committee right down to the cell levels, to be exemplary producers and also lead in promoting and driving the culture of productivity across all sectors,” he said.