ZANU-PF seeks to expand its membership list ahead of the 2023 elections by including what are called “inactive” members on its membership database, the party’s acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa has announced.
Speaking at a media briefing this Thursday, Chinamasa said the changes are part of proposals to the party’s constitution, which, if approved, will expand the ruling party’s membership.
“We are seeking to introduce a new class of membership; inactive members are those who believe in the party’s ideology and values, but are not interested in day-to-day involvement,” he said.
He added that the proposals are going to be tabled for approval by the Politburo and Central Committee, and hoped that the Politburo will okay the amendments. This model, Chinamasa added, is presently being used by the African National Congress in South Africa.
The other amendment being pursued relates to Diaspora participation.
“We are seeking to organise Zimbabweans in the Diaspora in the manner that each country will become a district and the branches will be constituted with each city. For instance, in Mozambique, the whole country will become a district and those in Beira will become a branch.”
Meanwhile, the party announced senior staffers who will join the commissariat department.
Kizito Kuchekwa will be director mobilisation and elections; Brigadier-General Ezekiel Zabanyana (Rtd) assumes the role of director administration and conflict management, while Dr Davison Gomo will handle research in the same capacity. ■