President Emmerson Mnangagwa Thursday threatened to dismiss poorly performing ZANU PF members and those deployed in government saying poor performance would cost the ruling party in the 2023 elections.
Mnangagwa made the remarks while opening a politburo meeting in the capital, according to NewsDay. He is quoted as saying:
It is unacceptable that those given positions of responsibility simply sit in offices with little to show (for it). Non-performers will face consequences. The party remains the backbone of the nation. There is no room for mixed messaging within our party. We are a party of order with clear procedures. I challenge the party to courageously remove any cancerous cells that undermine the party unity and focus.
Corruption in all ugly forms at every level, we are dealing with decisively and we will continue to fight corruption
The President also urged ZANU PF members to roll out a massive election campaign to ensure a landslide victory next year.
ZANU PF is targeting to garner five million votes, with the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) setting its target at six million.
Mnangagwa, who has been endorsed as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, is likely to square off against CCC leader Nelson Chamisa for the second time after he won the 2018 polls against the former ICT minister.