Zanu-PF Polit­buro meets

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bu­reau

THE Zanu-PF Polit­buro meets in Harare to­day amid in­di­ca­tions that de­lib­er­a­tions will cen­tre on the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s 17th Na­tional An­nual Peo­ple’s Conference and next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

The conference is slated for Gwanda, Mata­bele­land South in De­cem­ber.

Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo yes­ter­day con­firmed the meet­ing.

“The Zanu-PF Polit­buro will be meet­ing at the usual venue (Zanu-PF Head­quar­ters) to­mor­row (to­day),” he said.

“All mem­bers are ad­vised to be seated by 10AM. I can’t dis­close the agenda to you save to say the agenda will be dis­closed to the rel­e­vant Polit­buro mem­bers while the me­dia will be no­ti­fied of the de­lib­er­a­tions after the meet­ing. Per­ti­nent is­sues will be tabled dur­ing the meet­ing.”

A Polit­buro mem­ber, how­ever, said fo­cus would be on conference prepa­ra­tions and the 2018 polls.

“While we will dis­cuss po­lit­i­cal is­sues fo­cus would be on conference prepa­ra­tions and forth­com­ing polls,” said the mem­ber.

“It’s less than two months to go be­fore the conference and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is on the ground and the party lead­er­ship would like to hear where we are with the prepa­ra­tions. Elec­tions are also around the cor­ner and the party has been on the ground up­dat­ing mem­bers on the bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem. Over and above we also have an­other sum­mer crop­ping sea­son com­ing and we should be get­ting an up­date on that.”

Zanu-PF has in­di­cated that about $6,4 mil­lion is needed to pre­pare the venue for the conference, Cen­tral Me­chan­i­cal Equip­ment Depart­ment (CMED) grounds.

A huge chunk of the money is go­ing to­wards tar­ring roads lead­ing to the venue and street light­ing, which was pegged at $3,4 mil­lion.

The re­main­der will cater for wa­ter installations, elec­tric­ity, sewer, tele­phones and re­pairs at Epoch Mine in Fi­l­abusi which is go­ing to ac­com­mo­date about 5 000 del­e­gates to the conference.

In terms of agri­cul­ture, Gov­ern­ment has started dis­tribut­ing in­puts for the 2017-18 sum­mer crop­ping sea­son and most prov­inces are done with land prepa­ra­tions.

Enough fund­ing has been se­cured for both the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Scheme as well as the Pres­i­den­tial In­puts Sup­port Scheme, which would cover 1,8 mil­lion house­holds coun­try­wide.

Cde Ig­natius Chombo

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