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Zanu-PF leadership confident ahead of indaba

by Staff reporter
28 Nov 2019 at 06:22hrs | Views
THE Zanu-PF leadership is confident that its national conference will be a success. The conference will be held at Goromonzi High School, Mashonaland East Province, from December 10 to 15.

The annual indaba will be running under the theme "Modernise, Mechanise and Grow the Economy towards Vision 2030".

More than 7 000 delegates are expected to attend the conference, with at least 2 000 foreign delegates having already confirmed their participation. Workers are busy putting finishing touches to tents, the main auditorium, clinics, exhibition space, kitchen and food bays. The road, car parks and water infrastructure around the venue are already complete.

National political commissar Victor Matemadanda said the annual conference will bring members together to share common ideas that will strengthen the party.

"The party continues to send out a clear message to the people to remain united as President Mnangagwa, who is the First Secretary of the party, continues to engage and re-engage with the outside world in the drive to improve the country's economy.

"This forum is expected to address a number of issues, which include corruption, economic development, creating jobs for our youths and uniting party members.

"We are introspecting. Where we have failed, we will make the necessary corrections and chart the way forward.

"It's critical for us to review and re-evaluate the work that we have done as the ruling party. The people of Zimbabwe are expecting positive results from the party," he said.

He said the party has performed well in most of the by-elections conducted so far.

"This is the first conference after the re-introduction of District Coordinating Committees in Harare and Bulawayo.

"We have gone back to the DCC systems where we want coordination of party structures. The conference is going to put the tonic on the moving train. The party is solid as it was before,'' he said.

The party's deputy secretary for Youth Affairs Lewis Matutu said the conference is expected to come up with resolutions, which will shape the future of the young generation.

"We strongly believe in the participation and involvement of the youth in the mainstream economy.

"In mining we have done quite a lot. We are going to push for other areas such as agriculture.

''When we do that self-assessment, then we will say what is it that we need to correct and what do we want to achieve in 2020. Those are the issues that are being raised in the resolutions coming from various provinces," he said.

Matutu said that there is need to open avenues for youth through empowerment programmes to reduce the unemployment rate.

"Now that the Minister of Finance Professor Mthuli Ncube has declared that the period of austerity is now over, we are now going into productivity and employment creation.

"We would want to know how he is going to achieve this. We would want see what our role as young people is going to be. We would also want to see the Minister of Agriculture Perence Shiri outlining how our young people are going to access mechanisation equipment," he said.

He said that the conference should unite party members from across the provinces and take stock of the implementation of agreed resolutions from the previous conference.

"We would expect the party to become stronger than before soon after the conference, since the President is committed to transform the economy for the betterment of the people. "It also helps to take stock of what we have implemented from last year's conference,'' he said.

The party's secretary for War Veterans Douglas Mahiya said they are happy with the inclusion of their association in the party's constitution. Until the inclusion, the war veterans' association was operating as an independent body.

"We are now part and parcel of the big tent Zanu-PF," he said.

"We expect the conference to address the issues of the welfare of war veterans. The Government should speed up the payment of school fees for our children. They are treated unfairly at most learning institutions.

"As an association, most of our members are struggling. We want land for agriculture. We are going to highlight our concerns at the conference," he said.

Source - the herald