Zanu PF political commissar Mike Bimha has issued a ban on all celebrations or other forms of protest by winners and losers of the just ended party provincial elections.
In a statement Sunday, Bimha said results he announced at a press briefing this past week were just preliminary and not final.
He said the politburo had the sole prerogative to either declare or nullify the election of any winner if it is so established their victory was arrived at in violation of party statutes.
“The National Political Commissar hereby issues this categorical directive as earlier indicated during our press conference held on the 31st of December 2021 releasing provisional results, that there are no winners nor losers as yet following the holding of successful Provincial Elections across the nation,” Bimha said.
“As such all members of the party and contestants in the just-ended elections must stop all activities aimed at celebrating victory or expression of disgruntlements.
“As an established rule and tradition of the party, until the politburo convenes to deliberate on the outcomes as announced at the aforementioned press conference, the results given out remain provisional and preliminary and will be subjected to the wisdom of Politburo deliberations and processing of legitimate complaints raised by others.”
Bimha added, “All cadres of the party are hereby reminded to abide by the directive until further notice. No deviations from this directive will be tolerated.”
Zanu PF recently held its provincial polls to elect leaders in the party youth, women and main wings.
But the polls were marred by claims of violence and ballot stuffing by some candidates.