via Zanu-PF indaba roars into life | The Herald December 7, 2015
Zvamaida Murwira and Tendai Mugabe—
THE Zanu-PF 15th National People’s Annual conference roars into life today with the Politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Harare followed by the Central Committee on Wednesday. President Mugabe will officially open the conference in Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North province, on Friday.Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya-Moyo said all was on course for the conference whose theme is “Consolidating People’s Power through Zim-Asset”. High on the agenda would be the state of the economy.
Cde Khaya-Moyo said the party’s two Second Secretaries and Vice Presidents who visited the Victoria Falls venue at the weekend were impressed by the preparations. “It is all systems go now. Everything is under control. We are putting final touches but we are very impressed by the level of preparedness for the conference by all our organs and sub-committees,” said Cde Khaya-Moyo, who is also Minister of Policy Co-ordination and Promotion of Social Economic Ventures in the President’s Office.
He said the party had constituted various sub-committees that had worked tirelessly for the successful holding of the conference. “I also want to emphasise that nobody will be allowed to attend the conference unless one is accredited. If you are not accredited please do not come, do not take chances because you will not be allowed to the venue neither will you be given accommodation. Each province has been allocated buses,” said Cde Khaya-Moyo.
He said Thursday will be travelling day in readiness for the official opening the following day. “The official business of the conference will commence on Friday starting with the President’s address.” After the official opening, the conference is expected to break into committees to discuss various issues.
Among other issues, the committees would discuss the state of the party and the state of the economy. Cde Khaya Moyo said issues affecting women and the youths would also come under discussion during the committee meetings. “On Saturday there will be a report back from the committees,” he said.
“There will also be a report on the implementation of previous resolutions after which new resolutions will be adopted.” On the state of the economy, Cde Khaya Moyo said, the conference would discuss extensively the Zim-Asset economic blueprint. “All the Zim-Asset clusters will be discussed extensively during the conference. The conference will be closed on Saturday evening and delegates will depart on Sunday morning.”
Cde Khaya Moyo rubbished reports in some sections of the private media that the conference was likely to be converted into an elective one. He said only a congress was elective. “This is a conference and not a congress, so how can it be an elective one? Leaders are not elected at conference.”
There has been a spirited push by the private media that the conference should be turned into an elective one to accommodate a woman in the Presidium. This followed a resolution by some of the provinces that they wanted a quota in the Presidium. Zanu-PF removed the clause at its congress held last year in Harare where Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were appointed Vice Presidents.
Several Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons who spoke to The Herald yesterday said they were ready for the conference. In Mashonaland West, deputy provincial chair Cde Keith Guzah said they had met their fund-raising target and were ready for the conference. “As a province, we are done with accreditation and as required by the party, we have met our fund-raising quota through several fund-raising initiatives,” he said.
“Our resolutions are also in place and I can safely say we are ready for the conference.” Harare provincial commissar Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe said the province hosted a fund-raising dinner at the weekend to meet their quota.
“We are almost complete with our preparations as a province. We have just concluded our provincial conference at Girls High School and came up with our resolutions for the conference,” he said. In Mashonaland Central, provincial chair Cde Dickson Mafios said: “We are more than ready and people are enthusiastic about the conference. We have surpassed the figure we were required to raise as a province through donations.”
Zanu-PF Midlands provincial acting chairperson Cde Kizito Chivamba said they were concluding their meetings yesterday. “I am chairing two separate provincial meetings today (yesterday) all meant to finalise the conference. We have a meeting for provincial leadership that I am currently chairing then we will have another one,” he said.
Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Cde Joel Biggie Matiza said they were through with all the preparations. “We are just waiting for the departure. Everything else has been concluded,” he said.