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2023 polls Zanu PF needs new candidate to win -Mnangagwa
President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters of his ruling ZANU PF party gather for an election rally in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo - RC1A80283490

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ED election loss fear jolts Zanu PF into action

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…party structures fear 2023 loss

ZANU PF’S structures in Harare are meeting to strategise on a quick economic recovery programme to avert defeat in the 2023 general elections at the hands of the main opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), with stakeholders saying there is a need for the party to rescue the situation before it is too late.

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Fear abounds in the ruling party, with Harare provincial structures, namely the main wing, youth league, women’s league and the war veterans meeting this week to deliberate on ways to take the country out of the economic quagmire it finds itself in.

The Zanu PF government has failed to address the economic challenges despite a colourful 2018 election manifesto that promised, among other deliverables, employment, a much improved health delivery system, addressing cash shortages among others.

But as it stands, the party in government is struggling to address the challenges and continues to give excuses over failure to deliver.

The indaba, organised by the Zanu PF provincial secretary for economic affairs, Blessing Chimanga, is dubbed an economic strategy formation seminar and will see all secretaries of economic affairs in the districts meeting to map a way forward in the wake of a looming poll disaster.

Zanu PF officials said the meeting’s agenda was to formulate “a strategy with a view of winning the 2023 elections for the Zanu PF First Secretary (Cde Mnangagwa) and Zanu PF in Harare.

Recently, Zanu PF officials in Harare accused some of the party deployees in government of failing to pursue Mnangagwa’s vision and putting his and Zanu PF’s re-election bid in 2023 in jeopardy.

The party supporters singled out Finance minister Mthuli Ncube of failing to address the economic crisis but continued to put on a brave face “as if everything is in shape.”

Bigwigs stationed at party headquarters have also expressed concern over the failing economy and its consequences for the party victory next year.

Analysts have predicted a Mnangagwa and Zanu PF loss due to the administration’s failure to address the challenges faced by the country.

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