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Jonathan Moyo says all posts in ZANU-PF are open

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, chasticised by President Robert Mugabe a few months ago as a devil incarnate, says all posts in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, including those of president and national chairman are open to anyone. The top post is not reserve to ZANU-PF and neither is the post of national chairman for a former Zimbabwe African People’s Union official. Moyo said it was only the posts of vice-president that had to be shared. “Anyone who over the years has had audience with key architects of the Unity Accord, including President Mugabe, would be aware of the actual position regarding the current four top posts in the ZANU-PF Central Committee, namely those of President and First Secretary, two Vice-Presidents and Second Secretaries and National Chair. The actual position is that the post of President and First Secretary was and is not reserved for either former ZANU or former ZAPU but is open to be filled by the best candidate from either side.  On the two Vice-Presidents and Second Secretaries, the fact of having a provision for two VPs meant that they could not both be from one side. Like that of the President and First Secretary, the post of National Chair was — as it still is — open to be filled by the best candidate and not reserved for either side,” Moyo told the Sunday Mail.  There has been a lot of talk about the top four posts in ZANU-PF as the party heads for congress in December with some arguing that the post of national chairman is reserved for the former ZAPU.  Party Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa is said be eyeing the post of national chairman and some said he could not go for the post as it was reserved for ZAPU. Moyo said this was a gross misunderstanding of the unity accord.  “It must be understood that the Unity Accord was not a personal agreement to benefit individuals nor was it an inter-party deal just to benefit two political parties, nor a tribal pact to benefit this or that tribe or region . . .This is why the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo was not Father ZAPU or Father Matabeleland but Father Zimbabwe, as the founding nationalist leader of our Second Chimurenga. As such, the Unity Accord was not meant to be a temporary agreement to address issues only limited to the personal interests of some individuals or concerns of the moment without any bearing on the stability and prosperity of our republic in terms of its permanent human, security and economic interests,” Moyo said.

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