ED calls for unity ahead of ind­aba

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fidelis Mun­y­oro Se­nior Re­porter

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa has called for unity among party mem­bers ahead of ZANU-PF’s 17th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence set for next week at Mz­ing­wane High School, Esigo­dini, in Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia after ZANU-PF’s Polit­buro meet­ing in Harare yes­ter­day, party na­tional spokesper­son Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo (pic­tured) said the Pres­i­dent and First Sec­re­tary had in­sisted on a mes­sage of peace.

“The Pres­i­dent has un­der­scored the im­por­tance of unity of pur­pose and the need to speak with one voice at all lev­els,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

He said the party’s na­tional chair­per­son Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri had given a com­pre­hen­sive re­port on prepa­ra­tions so far for the con­fer­ence.

“The re­port cov­ered prepa­ra­tions un­der­taken by all sub-com­mit­tees with em­pha­sis on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments at the venue,” he said. “It also cov­ered is­sues to do with se­cu­rity and ac­cred­i­ta­tion, in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity, in­clud­ing re­galia, pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, trans­port, ac­com­mo­da­tion and cater­ing. The re­port also cov­ered ar­eas of health, en­vi­ron­ment and en­ter­tain­ment.”

Ac­cord­ing to Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri’s re­port, prepa­ra­tions for the con­fer­ence were pro­ceed­ing ex­ceed­ingly well.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Cde En­gel­bert Rugeje, had given a de­tailed com­mis­sariat re­port whose con­tents had been trans­mit­ted to all provin­cial per­sons em­pha­sis­ing the Pres­i­dent’s coun­try­wide “Thank You” ral­lies.

He said the re­port also touched on prepa­ra­tions for the con­fer­ence and the re­cent Mu­toko North con­stituency by-elec­tion re­sound­ingly won by Cde Ram­bidzai Nyabote of ZANU-PF.

“He also ap­praised the meet­ing of the on­go­ing provin­cial in­ter-district meet­ings,” said Cde Khaya Moyo. “The na­tional com­mis­sar also gave a brief on the op­er­a­tions of the Her­bert Chitepo School of Ide­ol­ogy through the pro­grammes . . . The re­la­tions be­tween the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party and ZANU-PF con­tinue to blos­som.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said the Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Obert Mpofu gave an in­for­ma­tive re­port on a meet­ing of former lib­er­a­tion move­ments in the re­gion held re­cently in Namibia.

The meet­ing, he said, was at­tended by ZANU-PF (Zim­babwe), ANC of South Africa, MPLA (An­gola), SWAPO (Namibia), Fre­limo (Mozam­bique) and Chama Cha Mapin­duzi (Tan­za­nia).

“The meet­ing was very pro­duc­tive and dis­cussed com­mon is­sues rel­e­vant to poli­cies and pro­grammes of these former lib­er­a­tion move­ments,” he said. “There is an agreed po­si­tion that these meet­ings should be held an­nu­ally.”

Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Per­rance Shiri in his ca­pac­ity as the Min­is­ter of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment, said Cde Khaya Moyo, gave a re­port on the state of pre­pared­ness for the 2018-19 agri­cul­tural sea­son.

He said the re­port showed that the sea­son came against the back­drop of a fore­cast El Nino phe­nom­e­non in the south­ern hemi­sphere sum­mer sea­son from Oc­to­ber 2018 to March 2019.

“The phe­nom­e­non in­creases the chances of be­low nor­mal rain­fall, pro­longed in­tra-sea­sonal dry spells and in­creased cy­clone ac­tiv­i­ties which will re­sult in pos­si­ble droughts,” he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the re­port also cov­ered ma­jor crops, pric­ing, the Pres­i­den­tial In­put Sup­port Scheme, cot­ton in­puts, live­stock dis­eases, the wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion and rain­fall fore­cast.

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