Zimbabwe: ANC Offers Mugabe Election Help

SOUTH Africa’s ruling African National Congress has offered to help President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF party win the next elections, according to local media reports.

“We are willing to assist in coming up with election messages and strategies that would deliver victory,” ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told Zanu PF’s annual congress in Bulawayo.

“It is important for Zanu PF to regain lost ground and continue to represent the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe,” he was quoted as saying.

Observers voiced surprise at the offer, since Mantashe has frequently criticised the autocratic rule of President Mugabe, 87, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

They expect it to wrong-foot South African President Jacob Zuma — who is both ANC president and the regional Southern African Development Community’s mediator for the country.

“These are government-to-government relations, and Zuma is working under the auspices of SADC, (while the) ANC is a different animal altogether,” Mantashe said. “(The) ANC must interact with some of the sister parties in the region.”

He added: “The ANC wishes to affirm her commitment to being a good and trustworthy neighbour to a fellow liberation movement (against white minority rule).”

“We will send campaign strategy teams to work with you; this will be the best way to celebrate the centenary of the ANC in January 2012,” he said.

At the weekend conference, Mugabe called on his supporters to unite behind him to win elections which he would like to see held next year.

Source: New Zimbabwe

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