Zanu-PF en­dorses con­fer­ence venue

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From George Maponga in Masvingo

THE Zanu-PF polit­buro has en­dorsed Masvingo Show­grounds as the venue for the forth­com­ing 16th Zanu-PF Na­tional An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence that will be held in De­cem­ber this year.

The rul­ing party pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive in Masvingo had pro­posed Masvingo Show­grounds and Great Zim­babwe Mon­u­ments as two pos­si­ble venues to host the rul­ing party’s ind­aba.

How­ever, af­ter prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with trans­porta­tion of del­e­gates to the 21st Fe­bru­ary Move­ment cel­e­bra­tions that were held at Great Zim­babwe mon­u­ments in Fe­bru­ary this year, to­gether with a short­age of space at the world her­itage site, the party set­tled for Masvingo Show­grounds along the Masvingo-Harare High­way.

Dates and the theme for this year’s con­fer­ence have not yet been an­nounced by the Zanu-PF polit­buro.

Zanu-PF Masvingo act­ing pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Amasa Nhen­jana yes­ter­day con­firmed that the Polit­buro had cho­sen the show­grounds as the venue of the ind­aba. ‘’We were sup­posed to have a del­e­ga­tion from the Zanu-PF lead­er­ship com­pris­ing sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Ignatius Chombo, na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere and sec­re­tary for fi­nance Cde Obert Mpofu in Masvingo to­day (yes­ter­day) which was com­ing to among other things fi­nalise on the is­sue of the venue of the forth­com­ing con­fer­ence, but the del­e­ga­tion is no longer com­ing be­cause the ques­tion of the venue has been agreed upon,’’ he said.

“The Polit­buro has no­ti­fied us that our 16th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence will be held at the Masvingo Show­grounds in the city and this was the rec­om­men­da­tion that had also been made by our se­nior Zanu-PF lead­ers in the prov­ince led by Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Josaya Hungwe,’’ he added.

Cde Nhen­jana dis­missed re­ports in some sec­tions of the me­dia that the choice of the con­fer­ence venue had di­vided the rul­ing party in Masvingo, say­ing the prov­ince was pulling in one di­rec­tion.

He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with progress in pre­par­ing for the con­fer­ence adding that the 10 sub-com­mit­tees that were set up to drive the pro­gramme had al­ready hit the ground run­ning.

The fi­nance sub-com­mit­tee led by pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for fi­nance Cde Killer Zivhu this week an­nounced that Masvingo had set a tar­get to raise $50 000 and about 50 head of cat­tle for the con­fer­ence.

Cde Zivhu said his com­mit­tee was go­ing to ap­proach big firms and other well-wish­ers in the prov­ince for do­na­tions — fi­nan­cially and ma­te­ri­ally — to fi­nance the con­fer­ence.

Masvingo last hosted the Zanu-PF An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s con­fer­ence in 2003 at Masvingo Teach­ers’ Col­lege. Over 5 000 del­e­gates from all cor­ners of Zim­babwe and be­yond are ex­pected to grace the con­fer­ence which comes af­ter the prov­ince suc­cess­fully hosted 21st Fe­bru­ary move­ment to com­mem­o­rate Pres­i­dent Mugabe 92nd birth­day.

A record over 50 000 peo­ple packed the Great Zim­babwe mon­u­ments for Pres­i­dent Mugabe’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions on Fe­bru­ary 27.

Mr Killer Zivhu

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