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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew and indigenisation minister, Patrick Zhuwao, says the current political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe will spur Zanu PF to a resounding victory during the forthcoming 2018 elections.

He was addressing journalists in Bulawayo recently.

Since its controversial electoral victory in 2013, Zanu PF has been battling with crippling socio-economic and political challenges. But Zhuwao claimed this did not worry Zanu PF as the party always rises to the occasion when chips are down.

“Zanu PF is definitely going to win the next elections. When you look at Zanu PF’s performance in elections, it performs very well under pressure. When it is comfortable it tends to relax.

“In 2005 elections we had a constitutional majority and look at what happened in 2008, the party dropped the ball but in 2013 we retained the constitutional majority,” said Zhuwao.

Zhuwao, who is also the Zanu PF Deputy Secretary for Science and Technology in the politburo, said the party’s recent drubbing in Norton was a wake-up call which has inspired them to double their campaign efforts ahead of the 2018 elections.

“What happened in Norton is actually assisting us to make sure that we keep reminding ourselves of what happened in 2008. As a party, we are now addressing the concerns of the people,” claimed Zhuwao.

The minister said if any political party was to succeed it should craft policies which attract young people who are the majority of voters.

“There must be value in a political party for young people to participate in political processes. It does not matter whether it is in the ruling party or the opposition, there must be value to entice young people to participate,” he said.

The minister also applauded the existence of opposition parties in the country, saying they were useful as they kept the ruling party on its toes.


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