ED calls for unity ahead of indaba

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 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 country wide “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.