Zanu-PF/ANC interact

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu (right) and African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Cde Ace Magashule during a meeting of the two former liberation movements at the ZANU-PF Headquarters in Harare yesterday. Photo: Justin Mutenda

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) is throwing its weight behind Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF as it is keen to assist their northern neighbour in light of economic challenges and attempts to isolate the country in the international community.

This follows the violent protests that took place early this month and allegedly funded by the Western-sponsored Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the opposition party MDC Alliance.

The countrywide protests, which were more intense in Harare and Bulawayo, became violent as angry citizens took to the streets to block roads, burn tyres, vandalise public infrastructure, and loot shops.

The violent protests also left a police officer and 12 other citizens dead.

Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu last night confirmed the meeting which included President Mnangagwa and his deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi.

“It was a courtesy call on the President Emmerson Mnangagwa and a solidarity fraternal meeting by sister parties,” said Mpofu.

“The President had to update the delegation right from the time the new dispensation came in; the road travelled until last week’s violent demonstration which saw MDC and its allies destroying infrastructure and blockading free movement of traffic and people under the guise that they were protesting the fuel price hikes.”

The South African team, led by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, included senior ANC officials like Tony Yengeni, Thoko Didiza and Bongani Nongo, who are all ANC Central Committee members and Justice Pitso, the chief-of-staff in the secretary-general’s office.

Speaking to the media at Zanu-PF Headquarters, Magashule applauded Mnangagwa for giving them the opportunity to interact with their counterparts.

“This our solidarity visit to Zanu-PF, to Zimbabweans. We undertake this visit because of the present situation we have observed at a distance.

“And as former liberation movements, I think we have agreed that this is the time to consolidate and strengthen our relationship. In fact, before we left we set down with his Excellency our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and our various committees to understand (our mandate),” he said.

“You (Cde Mpofu) have indicated that Zimbabwe is faced with this well calculated, well-planned activities of insurrection, of ungovernability. We want to understand so that when we look as to what is the way forward we have comprehended.

“We clearly understand the situation on the ground which is affecting your country and we want to move forward as former liberation movements in addressing your situation. I am sure we are here to engage, listen, retreat, share, experience, learn and to move forward together.”

“That the parties continue working in common purpose towards strengthening their existing excellent relations. That the parties acknowledge that the major challenges confronting Zimbabwe are a result of the illegal sanctions imposed by Britain and her allies over the bilateral dispute between Zimbabwe and the former over the land reform programme. The parties further call upon SADC and the African Union to advocate for the removal of the sanctions,” Cde Moyo said.

Magashule also added that the former liberation movements in the region were aware that ANC and Zanu-PF were meeting yesterday since he had informed them.

“And later on as we move forward, we want to move forward as former liberation movements in addressing your situation. So we are here as friends, as brothers and sisters, as mothers and fathers, comrades, former liberation movements and revolutionaries of yesteryear. We still share and the struggle continues,” he said.

He said they were going to report back to their country and will return back to Zimbabwe at a later stage on the way forward.

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