Zanu-PF happy with con­fer­ence preps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the 16th Zanu-PF An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence slated for Masvingo Show­grounds in De­cem­ber are way ahead of sched­ule, with most tar­gets for the event hav­ing been sur­passed.

The con­fer­ence will run from De­cem­ber 13 to 17 un­der the theme, “Mov­ing with ZimAs­set in Peace and Unity.”

The Pro­vin­cial Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee led by the party’s sec­re­tary for fi­nance, Dr Killer Zivhu, has al­ready mo­bilised 52 beasts, two more than the bud­geted 50 head of cat­tle. The com­mit­tee has also sur­passed the $50 000 tar­get with the wel­fare sub-com­mit­tee hav­ing al­ready se­cured 7 000 beds for all del­e­gates.

About 6 000 del­e­gates are ex­pected to throng the show­grounds for the con­fer­ence which prom­ises to be the se­cond big­gest event after the 92nd birthday bash held in Fe­bru­ary at the Great Zim­babwe mon­u­ments where over 50 000 peo­ple at­tended.

Speak­ing dur­ing a progress meet­ing held at the venue of the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, a del­e­ga­tion led by Na­tional Com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere hailed the PLOC for mov­ing with haste to en­sure that the event would be a suc­cess.

“I want to thank you mem­bers in Masvingo for show­ing unity of pur­pose. I think we have made good progress on site,” said Cde Ka­sukuwere.

He said that his del­e­ga­tion would re­turn to in­spect the pitch­ing of tents and ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the event would be the mother of all con­fer­ences.

Cde Ka­sukuwere urged the Masvingo City Coun­cil to main­tain high stan­dard of clean­li­ness ahead, dur­ing and after the con­fer­ence.

He said the PLOC must make use of the do­nated money to ad­dress some of the emerg­ing needs so that work won’t be stalled.

“We are pleased with the re­ports from health, se­cu­rity, trans­port and en­ter­tain­ment com­mit­tees and we are con­fi­dent that if it re­mains like this — things mov­ing ac­cord­ing to plan, we will have a very suc­cess­ful con­fer­ence.

“You suc­cess­fully hosted the 21st Fe­bru­ary Move­ment in Fe­bru­ary at the Great Zim­babwe mon­u­ments and it was well planned. We ex­pect you to keep up the stan­dard,” Cde Ka­sukuwere said.

Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Trans­port and Wel­fare in the Polit­buro, Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri, said she was sat­is­fied with the state of ac­com­mo­da­tion in most ho­tels and lodges save for the fact that some linen and beds had to be changed.

She said schools would also get some funds for the face-lift of their fa­cil­i­ties like toi­lets, adding that some build­ings need re­pairs on doors and win­dows.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo, as­sured the party that the is­sue of roads would be at­tended to in time for the con­fer­ence.

He tasked the Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment Fund to start clear­ing na­tional roads of bushes es­pe­cially the Masvingo-Harare Road to avoid ac­ci­dents as the vol­ume of traf­fic is ex­pected to in­crease prior, dur­ing and after the con­fer­ence.

On ac­cred­i­ta­tion of del­e­gates, the deputy Sec­re­tary for Se­cu­rity in the Polit­buro, Cde Love­more Matuke, said the process would be done in all seven dis­tricts of Masvingo prov­ince be­tween 6-14 Novem­ber.

He said Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, Polit­buro mem­bers and the me­dia would be ac­cred­ited at Masvingo Polytech­nic Col­lege.

Cde Matuke, who is also Zanu-PF chief whip, said other del­e­gates would get ac­cred­i­ta­tion in their re­spec­tive prov­inces.

A visit to the venue re­vealed that the DDF has cov­ered a lot of ground on site as graders were lev­el­ling the ground for the pitch­ing of the tents.

A pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tion, Royal Flair Events, has started con­struct­ing a state of the art toi­let with the health sub-com­mit­tee also set to build another toi­let to com­ple­ment the ones in place.

Nine music and dance groups have been selected to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the con­fer­ence. Su­lumani Chim­betu and his Orches­tra Den­dera Kings en­sem­ble will also en­ter­tain guests. — @ wal­terbm­swazie2

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