Friday, July 09, 2010

(TALKZIMBABWE) Zanu-PF politburo dismisses violence claims

Zanu-PF politburo dismisses violence claims
By: Ralph Mutema
Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 4:58 am

THE Zanu-PF politburo has dismissed allegations of violence in the country reported by foreign non-governmental organisations and foreign-based Zimbabwean pirate radio stations and online news agencies.

The politburo which met on Wednesday at the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare urged Zimbabweans to disregard the "malicious and false allegations of violence being made against Zanu-PF" and take part in the constitution-making process.

Zanu-PF national spokesperson Rugare Gumbo issued a statement after the meeting.

Gumbo said: "These foreign-sponsored organisations include the Zimbabwe Peace Project, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network and Cadec, who have been running their own parallel (constitutional) outreach programmes and claiming to be more representative of the people of Zimbabwe than the body officially mandated to conduct outreach programmes.

"These foreign-sponsored bodies, indeed, act as if they are more representative and more legitimate than our elected Parliamentarians, our chiefs and their representatives."

He identified the Zimbabwe Solidarity Fund, which is run by the American Democratic Party’s National Democratic Institute as one such foreign sponsor of the subversive agenda.

Gumbo also urged Diasporans to shun pirate radio stations and website staffed with journalists employed by western institutions that seek regime change in Zimbabwe.

He also urged Diasporans, the business community, professionals, students, youths and women to participate in the constitution-making process.

"Nothing should be allowed to confuse or distort this process by importing agendas from the same foreign governments who have imposed illegal economic sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe," he said.

The Politburo received reports on the Global Political Agreement, the constitution-making process and the issue of diamonds from Chiadzwa.

"Cde (Patrick) Chinamasa briefed us on the GPA indicating that the negotiators had finished their report and handed it to the principals. The report has since been forwarded to (South African) President Jacob Zuma.

"Cde Mangwana told the Politburo that the outreach programme was affected by accommodation challenges, but these have since been sorted out.

"The Politburo also welcomed a report by Cde Obert Mpofu on the Kimberly Process meeting in Tel Aviv and called for Zimbabwe’s immediate certification so that we can sell our diamonds," he said.

Gumbo said the Zanu-PF Central Committee and National Consultative Assembly would discuss reports from various Politburo departments.

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