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People's Congress resolutions
African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF)
African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) held its 5th Ordinary
National People's Congress at the Harare International Conference
Centre (HICC), in Harare, from 09-13 December 2009 in accordance
with Article 5 (20-28) of the Party's Constitution, as amended,
under the theme 'United in Defence of Our National Resources
and People's Economic Empowerment'.
and First Secretary, Cde R.G. Mugabe, officially opened the plenary
on 11 December 2009. All the Party's ten provinces attended.
Congress received delegations and written solidarity messages from
invited political organisations from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) region, the rest of the continent, Asia, the Americas
deliberations touching on the internal and external factors affecting
the Party and the people, Congress made the following resolutions:
the State of the Party
acknowledged the hostile informational, diplomatic, economic and
political environmental background against which it has taken place,
which is characterised by the continuance of sanctions, the regime
change onslaught, internal and external negative developments associated
with machinations of the MDC Formations, their handlers and affiliate
organisations as well as a number of debilitating internal challenges
within the Party.
that the Party's national strategic objective for the next
five years shall be the checking, containment and ultimate defeat
of the West's neo-colonial regime change agenda by securing
a decisive and uncontested victory in the next Harmonised Elections.
2. Directs the
Party to re-organise itself, rationalise its structures, re-introduce
focused ideological education at all levels of its leadership and
membership, shun factionalism and stop its current obsession with
leadership positions to refocus on advancing the interests of the
people and meeting their needs.
that the Party, in its mobilisation strategies, should streamline
and enforce its ideological thrust and put the people first in order
to reassert its preeminent position as the Party of Liberation and
the champion of independence, empowerment, democracy, human rights
and rule of law.
4. Calls upon
the Party to improve its internal democratic culture, ensure the
conduct of open, transparent and competitive selection and election
processes to fill all leadership positions and allow the will of
the people to prevail in all cases.
5. Directs the
Party to develop a clear-cut leadership renewal and continuity policy
at all levels in order to continually reinvigorate, renew and ensure
the effective transfer of the Party's ideological underpinnings,
values, practices and the ethos of the Liberation Struggle between
successive generations of leaders.
6. Directs the
Party to adopt a new business culture that generates sufficient
resources to sustain its programmes and activities.
Cde R.G. Mugabe for being re-elected as President and First Secretary,
Cde Joyce Teurai Ropa Mujuru as Vice President and Second Secretary,
Cde John Landa Nkomo as Vice President and Second Secretary, Cde
Simon Khaya Moyo as the National Chairman, all newly elected members
of the Central Committee and all newly appointed members of the
8. Hails and
commends the Party, the President and First Secretary and all its
leadership and membership at all levels for having, under Cde R.G.
Mugabe's able and wise stewardship, nurtured, preserved and
maintained the national unity of Zimbabwe as entombed in the Unity
Accord of 1987 during the last five-year review period and, therefore,
reminds those who have been placed at the helm of the Party by the
people of the heavy responsibility they bear in carrying forward
this national unity and steering the Party towards a resounding
victory in the next Harmonised Elections.
the State of the Economy
noted that the national economy continues to be under siege from
the machinations of the Western detractors and their internal MDC
surrogates, in particular, the impact of declared and undeclared
Western sanctions and the resultant low capacity utilisation in
Zimbabwe's abundant natural resource endowment, its favourable
climate, high quality human resource base and advantageous geographical
location, Congress, therefore:
and heralds the economic stabilisation measures instituted by the
Party well ahead of the formation of the Inclusive Government, which
are responsible for the first signs of recovery that are now evident
in the economy.
in the strongest of terms, the reckless actions of the Minister
of Finance, T. Biti, in particular his abuse of constitutional authority
to prevent the release of the US$510 million IMF Global Financial
Crisis mitigation facility, his systematic denial of seasonal support
to the agricultural sector and his peanut budget
for the year 2010 in pursuance of petty personal ambitions and the
parochial reactionary agenda of his MDC Formation.
3. Calls on
the Inclusive Government to identify sectors of the economy in which
key investments should be focused in order to reap maximum benefit
from the country's comparative advantage in mining, agriculture,
tourism and human capital.
that the Inclusive Government must institute measures to retain
skilled manpower and stem or reverse the brain drain as a way of
promoting the people as the country's most precious resource.
5. In sensitivity
to the difficulties that people, especially the majority rural and
urban vulnerable, are facing in generating and accessing foreign
currency, Congress calls on the Inclusive Government to institute
measures to address the problems associated with the current multi-currency
induced liquidity crunch through the enhancement of productivity,
leading, as soon as key fundamentals in the economy permit, to the
reintroduction of a sovereign national currency.
6. Urges the
Inclusive Government to take full advantage of the emergence of
new economic powerhouses (vis Brazil, Russia, India, China, etc)
and the resurgence of South-South cooperation. Concurrently, the
country should also edify and deepen its economic relations with
the traditional cooperating partners so as to maximize national
Land Reform, Resettlement and Agriculture
that the Land Reform Programme represents the successful transfer
of property rights over land from the white colonial settler community
to the rightful indigenous owners of the nation's God given
the unrelenting machinations of its detractors to reverse the land
reform programme through the current constitution drafting process,
deliberate denial of resources to enhance agricultural productivity
by ministers from the MDC Formations in the Inclusive Government
and the deliberate encouragement and entrenchment of donor dependency/dependency
syndrome amongst the people as opposed to their empowerment.
the MDC Formations and their Western handlers for orchestrating
efforts that are aimed at reversing the Land Reform Programme and
productivity amongst resettled farmers.
the Party to ensure that the new constitution and the current Post-Maputo
Inter-Party Negotiations do not reverse the Land Reform Programme
and instead ensure security of tenure which entrenches ownership
and control of the indigenous population over the nation's
land and natural resources.
that the Party should resolutely champion and defend policies and
programmes that enhance assured funding of agriculture, agricultural
productivity and promote reform of institutions that serve agriculture
such as the agricultural banks, marketing agencies, suppliers of
inputs, agro-processors, insurers and research, training and extension
4. Calls on
the Party to spearhead the re-introduction of production side agricultural
subsidies with in-built mechanisms to determine their appropriate
cost recovery mechanisms.
5. Urges the
Inclusive Government to conclude the Land Acquisition Exercise by
expediting the remaining components of land allocation, distribution
and security of
6. Calls on
the Inclusive Government to resuscitate and continue past programmes
that promote increased agricultural mechanisation and irrigation
development, on farm infrastructure and agro-processing.
7. Commits the
Party to fine-tune and rationalise its socialdemocratic ideology
to sponsor the launch of a deliberate developmental economic paradigm
rooted in the following:
of household food self-sufficiency;
- The generation
of excess production in order to stimulate aggregate demand;
- Value addition
through agro-processing at the household level;
of domestic savings as a vehicle for growing wealth at the household
the control of the indigenous people over the country's
natural resources through the consolidation of such policies and
programmes as the Land Reform Programme and the 51:49% local-foreign
ownership indigenisation benchmark legislation.
the GPA and the Inclusive Government
that the Party entered into negotiations with the MDC Formations
mandated by the SADC
Extra-Ordinary Summit held in Dar es Salam on 29 March 2007,
which culminated in the signing of the Global
Political Agreement on 15 September 2008 and the inauguration
of the Inclusive Government on 13 February 2009.
In this regard,
Congress conveys the profound gratitude of the Party and people
of Zimbabwe to former President Thabo Mbeki and his Facilitation
Team for the patient, humble and skilful manner in which they handled
the protracted Zimbabwe Inter-Party Dialogue from March 2007 until
the Kinshasa SADC Summit in August 2009 and, therefore, takes note
of the new Facilitation Team headed by President Jacob Zuma in the
Post-Maputo rounds of the Dialogue.
noted that the Inclusive Government brings the Party into partnership
with ideologically incompatible MDC Formations from which it must
extricate itself in order to retain its mantle as the only dominant
and ascendant political party that is truly representative and determined
to safeguard the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.
the continuance of the illegal declared and undeclared Western sanctions
which remain a paramount and decisive outstanding issue in the Inter-Party
dialogue on which the nation must speak with one voice and challenges
the MDC Formations to undergo fundamental mind frame change (KUCHINJA
PFUNGWA) in calling for their immediate and unconditional removal.
confidence that the new Facilitation Team will continue with the
same diligence, patience and understanding that the Zimbabwe issue
has delicate, sensitive and fundamental concerns on both sides that
cannot be resolved overnight.
the President and First Secretary and the Party negotiators to ensure
that all outstanding issues, once agreed, must be implemented concurrently.
This means there should be no movement on the concerns of the MDC
Formations without corresponding and simultaneous redress of ZANU-PF's
concerns such as the illegal Western sanctions, Western Funded pirate
radio broadcasts and Western interference in Zimbabwe's internal
politics through the funding of parallel government structures and
the sponsoring of political activities of NGOs as a force multiplier
for the MDC Formations.
that the President and First Secretary and the ZANU-PF negotiators
should not countenance any introduction or inclusion in the ongoing
Inter-Party Dialogue of provisions or agreements, which seek to
reverse or undermine the gains of the Liberation Struggle.
5. Signals its
determination to reject any outcome of the Constitution-making process
that is not home grown. An acceptable outcome would be a Constitution
made by Zimbabweans for Zimbabwe, which entrenches the ethos and
gains of the Liberation Struggle and is not the product of any external
interference. No foreigners, individual, corporate or national in
whatever capacity they may from time to time find themselves involved
in aspects of Zimbabwe's bilateral dispute with Britain, have
the right to dictate or impose a Constitutional order on Zimbabwe.
that the raising and maintenance of Security Forces tailored to
specific threat perceptions is an inalienable right of every sovereign
state. Zimbabwe's Security
Forces are a product of the National Liberation Struggle, belong
to the people and are mandated to defend the country's territorial
integrity, independence and sovereignty. ZANU-PF, as the Party of
revolution and the people's vanguard, shall not allow the
Security Forces of Zimbabwe to be the subject of any negotiation
for a so called 'security sector reform' that is based
on patent misrepresentations of Zimbabwe's heroic history
and for the mere purpose of weakening the state so that it can be
7. Directs all
Party members and organs to fully participate in the constitution
making process in order to prevent it from being hijacked by those
who wish to effect regime change or to undermine the gains of the
Media and ICT
the Party's commitment to promote access to information, media
freedom, freedom of expression and the enhancement of Zimbabwe's
ICT profile while recognising that this is one of the main areas
that are being manipulated by the MDC Formations and their Western
handlers in furtherance of their anti-Zimbabwe propaganda blitz.
notes that, the MDC Formations, through their negative and polarising
disinformation campaign, are undermining national cohesion.
in the strongest terms, the continuing violation of Zimbabwe's
airwaves by the Voice of America Studio 7, Voice of the People,
Short Wave Radio Africa and a myriad of Internet based platforms
in blatant breach of the GPA.
unequivocally, the ECONET Wireless Network, for launching an electronic
warfare attack against ZANU-PF during this Congress by broadcasting
falsehoods and hate messages designed to cause alarm and despondency
in violation of Zimbabwe's laws and the letter and spirit
of the GPA.
calls upon the Security Ministries and the mother ICT Ministry of
the Inclusive Government to locate, arrest and take deterrent punitive
action against the perpetrators of this dastardly attack.
3. Directs the
Party to institute measures and programmes to enhance its ICT and
media capabilities in order to counteract this threat to national
with gratitude, the solidarity and support for the Party's
principles, ideology and cause that continue to come from friendly
progressive countries and political organisations worldwide.
notes, with grave concern, the continued efforts by Britain and
its allies to undermine the GPA and the Inclusive Government through
the continuance of sanctions, coordination of politically motivated
humanitarian support and investor resistance through the so-called
'Fishmonger Group' as well as the West's unrelenting
efforts to shrink Zimbabwe's diplomatic space.
to direct the Party to pursue prudent and innovative diplomacy which
seeks to retain its existing friendships and cultivate new ones
in all regions of the world
based on equitable partnerships, mutual respect and sovereign equality.
the Party to increase the tempo and content of its diplomatic leveraging,
lobbying and engagement with political parties and countries of
the poor state of social services in the country, in particular
in the areas of education, health delivery, water and sanitation,
energy and electricity and public transportation, caused by the
decline in the economy as a result of the Western imposed sanctions
and the deleterious effects of the regime change onslaught.
this poor delivery of social services to the undue encroachment
of foreign funded NGOs into this traditional domain of Government.
1. Directs the
Inclusive Government, even as it may welcome the support and partnership
of other wellmeaning non-governmental players, to reassert itself
primary provider of social services to the population as one of
the key deliverables of Zimbabwe's Millennium Development
the Party and the inclusive Government to set benchmarks for all
local authorities, when setting their budgets, to remain sensitive
to the needs and the limited savings of the people under the current
adverse economic environment.
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