President Robert Mugabe has warned some people in leadership positions in Zanu PF against abusing the party’s structures to advance their personal interests.
Mugabe made the remarks at the Harare International Airport Sunday soon after arriving from China where he had gone for a week long state visit.
Addressing supporters, the President said he was aware even before he left for China that there were some challenges in the Youth and Women’s Leagues and the party had resolved to meet this week to discuss what transpired during the youths and women’s conferences and the challenges encountered.
Mugabe warned some individuals who are fanning divisions in the party that no one is above the party and it is the people who elect leaders not individuals.
“What transpired during the Youth and Women’s League conferences? I want to remind you that I was not chosen to lead Zanu PF and the nation by one person but I was elected by the people. So we don’t want people who want to use the party and the people for them to get to the top of the party. Good leaders are elected by the people,” he said.
Mugabe thanked party supporters for remaining steadfast and refusing to be swayed by factionalism.
He urged the people to always air their grievances through the right channels and promised that the party will listen to all complaints regardless of one’s position.
“I am not a leader who does not listen to the youth or to women, we must listen to everyone to that we can move forward as a party,” added Mugabe.
President Mugabe returned after a week in the Asian nation on a state visit where he witnessed the signing of various memoranda of understanding that are set to facelift the country’s economy.
President Mugabe was received at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru and several government ministers and officials including thousands of youths who thronged the airport to give him a resounding reception following his successful Chinese tour.
Last week, the Zanu PF youth chairman for Harare province,Godwin Gomwe called on the youths from around the country to go to the Harare International Airport on Sunday to welcome President Mugabe after his landmark visit to China.
Gomwe, who was speaking to the ZBC News, said “It is very uplifting to note that Mugabe was accorded the highest possible honour ever accorded to a visiting head of state in China. It is also notable that His Excellency was given a 21-gun salute as well as a fly past.”
The President went to China in the company of the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa and other government ministers.