Econ­omy to take cen­tre stage at Con­fer­ence

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THE 17th Zanu-PF An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence this week will con­sol­i­date na­tional ef­forts to­wards re­viv­ing Zim­babwe’s econ­omy, a se­nior rul­ing party of­fi­cial has said.

This is a marked de­par­ture to the pre­vi­ous regime where political is­sues, par­tic­u­larly fac­tional fight­ing, took cen­tre stage. This time, the ple­nary will dis­cuss the econ­omy and give di­rec­tion to Gov­ern­ment on im­ple­ment­ing high-im­pact eco­nomic pro­grammes to fast-track re­cov­ery, growth and devel­op­ment.

The meeting is themed “Zim­babwe Is Open For Busi­ness: Peace, Unity To­wards An Up­per Mid­dle-In­come Econ­omy By 2030”. Mz­ing­wane High School in Esigo­dini, Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince will host over 3 500 ac­cred­ited del­e­gates with to­mor­row’s Polit­buro meeting mark­ing com­mence­ment of the con­fer­ence.

Party Pres­i­dent and First Sec­re­tary Cde Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa will head­line pro­ceed­ings at the Con­fer­ence, fol­low­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion of his lead­er­ship at last year’s Ex­tra-Or­di­nary Congress. The con­fer­ence fol­lows the party’s thump­ing vic­tory in the July 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Obert Mpofu said de­lib­er­a­tions this year would ig­nore pol­i­tick­ing and would fo­cus on per­ti­nent is­sues.

“We will be deal­ing mainly with is­sues to do with the econ­omy, is­sues to do with the party, is­sues that were raised in our man­i­festo, res­o­lu­tions from the prov­inces and the gen­eral eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. So the agenda has been drafted in such a way that it will be busi­ness through­out the days that have been set for the Con­fer­ence,” said Dr Mpofu.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing quick eco­nomic re­cov­ery through im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme (2018–2020), premised on fiscal con­sol­i­da­tion, eco­nomic sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and stim­u­la­tion of growth and cre­ation of em­ploy­ment. The Con­fer­ence, said Dr Mpofu, would be short and fo­cused, un­like pre­vi­ous gath­er­ings.

“We are on course; all de­part­ments, all com­mit­tees have fi­nalised their prepa­ra­tions and we want to as­sure the del­e­gates and the coun­try that it’s all sys­tems go. This will be one of the most event­ful con­fer­ences be­ing held un­der the New Dis­pen­sa­tion.

“This is a very dif­fer­ent An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence from all the oth­ers we held pre­vi­ously. This is a much fo­cused Con­fer­ence which has a lot of in­ter­est from the mem­ber­ship and the gen­eral pop­u­lace in our coun­try. It will be a very short Con­fer­ence, in­stead of the usual five to seven days we used to take, this will be a three-day Con­fer­ence be­cause of the fo­cused na­ture of the agenda.”

Dr Mpofu said res­o­lu­tions from pro­vin­cial meetings would be con­sid­ered.

“We will ac­tu­ally be guided by res­o­lu­tions from prov­inces on other is­sues to be in­cluded in the agenda. It is the res­o­lu­tions that will de­ter­mine the out­come of the Con­fer­ence.”

Dr Mpofu said Zanu-PF’s next Or­di­nary Congress was due in 2022 con­trary to spec­u­la­tion that it would be held next year.

“The next Congress is go­ing to be in 2022. This was re­solved at our last Ex­tra­or­di­nary Congress that we will have an­other reg­u­lar congress af­ter five years. The an­nual con­fer­ences in be­tween are ac­tu­ally mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­at­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of those res­o­lu­tions which will have been passed by the pre­vi­ous congress.

“So in Esigo­dini we will be look­ing at those de­ci­sions that have been im­ple­mented or those be­ing im­ple­mented and what we will im­ple­ment go­ing ahead. We are work­ing closely with Gov­ern­ment to make sure that poli­cies as es­poused by the party are im­ple­mented by Gov­ern­ment.”

On the har­mon­i­sa­tion of the party and na­tional con­sti­tu­tions for Pres­i­den­tial terms of of­fice, Dr Mpofu: “It is not nec­es­sary for now as there is no ma­jor dif­fer­ence. The is­sue of syn­chro­nis­ing the Party con­sti­tu­tion and the na­tional con­sti­tu­tion is a con­sti­tu­tional is­sue. We are the rul­ing party and we have two-thirds ma­jor­ity in Parliament which al­lows us to do what we feel is best.

“If that need arises, the party will cer­tainly do some­thing about it through the nec­es­sary con­sul­ta­tions at Congress; but look, we are not con­cerned with that right now. The party con­sti­tu­tion gives us five years and the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion is also five years. There is not much of a dif­fer­ence hence our re­luc­tance in do­ing that.”

Zanu-PF spokesper­son Am­bas­sador Si­mon Khaya lays a wreath at the grave of found­ing Na­tional Univer­sity Of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Vice-Chan­cel­lor and na­tional hero Prof Phinias Makhu­rane at Gungwe in Gwanda Dis­trict yes­ter­day

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