President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is also ZANU PF president and the first secretary has banned disgruntled party officials and war veterans from speaking to the media and using social media to express their displeasure.
Launching the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Economic Empowerment Programmes and Vetting Exercise in Harare on Saturday, Mnangagwa said:
Each and every one of us must strengthen, promote and defend the party and its government and popularise its policies in the communities that you live in.
Where members have views and inputs to make things better, the right channels and forums must be approached from the village to the central committee.
The trend of discussing party and sector issues in the media is totally unacceptable in the revolutionary party.
If you differ with someone, why rush to social media? Why rush to the newspapers?
Is there any newspaper that carried the gun? Did you have social media during the war?
He said during the liberation struggle, the fighters used to heed calls by their commanders to instil discipline in them. Said Mnangagwa:
These commanders like (Vice-President Constantino) Chiwenga during the war would discipline people and people would follow the party line.
After a thorough discipline, you would stand and chant a slogan. It is this discipline that has kept us going.
Unity and loyalty to the party and its leadership are fundamental as we continue to build and modernise our colossal revolutionary mass party to meet the aspirations of present and future generations.
During the event, Mnangagwa also announced the launch of the War Veterans Investment Corporation – a holding company wholly owned by war veterans through the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Board.
The company has seven subsidiaries: Veterans Agricultural Company, Veterans Mining Company, Veterans Financial Services, Veterans Health Services, Veterans Tourism Company, Veterans Property Development Company and Veterans Security Company.