Felex Share Senior Reporter
The main business of the Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress will be held in one day next Friday, with the other two days being for arrival and departure, the revolutionary party’s spokesperson Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo revealed yesterday.
The move is in line with the stance taken by the party’s new First Secretary and President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to commit more time on implementation and cutting of unnecessary expenditure.
The budget of the Extraordinary Congress has also been reduced from the $8 million proposed by the G40 cabal that was in charge of important portfolios in the party, before they were expelled for leading the revolutionary party astray.
Cde Khaya Moyo said preparations for the Extraordinary Congress to be held at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare were at an advanced stage.
He said delegates would arrive on December 14, followed by the congress on the next day and departure on December 16.
“Preparations are at an advanced stage and the organising team is on the ground with each member doing his or her duties for the event to be a success,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.
“Before the main event, we are going to have a Politburo meeting on December 12 and the Central Committee will meet the next day.
“Delegates will start arriving on December 14 and the following day it’s the Congress proper. The main event will be done in a day and delegates will have to go back on December 16.”
Initially, the Congress was supposed to run from December 12 to 17, before Zanu-PF revised its budget downwards.
The revolutionary party has established sub-committees to prepare for the Congress.
The sub-committees are for documentation and legal, finance, security, transport and welfare, health, entertainment, environment and tourism and information and organising.
The sub-committees will report to Congress.
Cde Khaya Moyo said about 6 000 delegates were expected to attend.
“We have also extended invitations to foreign delegates,” he said.
“Delegates are being accredited in their respective provinces except for a few who will be accredited in Harare.”
Delegates expected to attend the event are members of the Central Committee, National Consultative Assembly, National Council of the Women’s League, National Council of the Youth League, Provincial Executive Councils and all district chairpersons from the main wing, Women and Youth Leagues.
The Congress is expected to endorse the recalling of former President Robert Mugabe and the installation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the First Secretary and President by the Central Committee on November 19.
The Central Committee also indicated that President Mnangagwa would be the party’s presidential candidate in the 2018 harmonised elections.
The Congress is also expected to uphold the decision by the Central Committee to expel G40 cabal members such as former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Phelekezela Mphoko, Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatius Chombo, Walter Mzembi, Kudzanai Chipanga, Mandi Chimene and Letina Undenge.