All in place for Zanu-PF Annual National People’s Conference

Zanu-PF Midlands Provincial chairperson Cde Larry Mavima

THE Zanu-PF Midlands organising committee for the 20th Annual National People’s Conference set for Gweru has said it is ready to host the indaba, which kicks off tomorrow with the Politburo meeting in Harare.

With three days left before delegates start arriving in the Midlands capital for the National Peoples Conference, Zanu-PF Midlands Provincial chairperson Cde Larry Mavima said they are more than ready to host the important event.

The ruling party’s annual indaba will be held at the Midlands Zanu-PF Convention Centre, some 13km east of Gweru along Mvuma Road with President Mnangagwa, the party’s First Secretary officially opening the event on Friday.

President Mnangagwa

During the conference, the party’s delegates are expected to reflect on achievements made, the state of the party, the economy, food security and nutrition, social services, and poverty eradication.

The party will also deliberate on macro-economic stability and re-engagement, infrastructure development and utilities, as well as value addition and beneficiation.

The conference will also take stock of the performance of the party in the just-ended elections, which Zanu-PF won after defeating all opposition parties.

Delegates drawn from the country’s 10 provinces and the world are expected to attend the conference, which is running until Saturday.

Foreign Delegates, which include Sister revolutionary parties, international delegates from friendly countries and Ambassadors will also attend. 

The National People’s Conference, which comes after the ruling party’s victory in the August 23 elections, is held on a rotational basis and presents a chance for reflection on party electoral promises as well as reaffirmation of the country’s vision.

Cde Mavima said all is set for the event. 

“I am very excited to note that as the Midlands province organising committee, we are ready to host the Zanu-PF National People’s Conference. We are actually more than ready,” he said.

Cde Mavima said the venue -Zanu-PF Midlands Convention Centre popularly known as the Winery was now ready to host the delegates.

“With regards to the conference venue, we are through with the refurbishments. As Midlands, we are  going to host a memorable conference and all I can say is that we are indeed ready,” he said. Cde Mavima said delegates are expected to start arriving in Gweru on Thursday ahead of the official opening.

The Zanu-PF province has managed to secure accommodation for delegates at the Midlands State University (MSU) as well as Mkoba Teachers’ College.

Some of the delegates will be housed in local hotels while others will be accommodated in Kwekwe and Zvishavane.

Cde Mavima said there will be a musical gala set in Mkoba suburb on Saturday evening.

“We are going to host a musical gala to celebrate President Mnangagwa’s and the party’s August 23 electoral victory,” he said.

The construction of the giant Convention Centre was inspired by President Mnangagwa when he was still Defence Minister in preparation for the Zanu-PF 2012 Conference.

The project was built in a record time of three months at a cost of US$2 million. Zanu-PF Midlands province is the only province with its own Convention Centre.

Most of the structures at the site are circular in shape taking after the great enclosure of Great Zimbabwe, with bricks at the centre replicating the granite stones of the historical site, making it a big tourist attraction.

The 5 000-seater facility can also be used for wedding receptions, seminars, exhibitions, entertainment shows, and other events.


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