Zanu-PF watches and learns

According to Zimbabwean state media everything points to yet another victory for Zanu-PF in 2013.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at a campaign Rally in Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party said on Sunday, a team of its top officials had just returned from China where they observed how the Chinese Communist Party goes about winning its elections.

State media said everything points to yet another victory for Zanu-PF in polls in 2013, though Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party is also confident of a win.

Top Zanu-PF official Amos Midzi said the team's visit to China was an eye-opener.

He told the Sunday Mail newspaper that one of the lessons they brought back was that indiscipline within the party must be punished.

But he said there will be no wholesale changes to Zanu-PF's strategies to win the polls.

Midzi said these strategies are people-oriented, though the MDC claims Zanu-PF uses intimidation and violence to ensure people vote for the party.