Economy hogs limelight at Politburo

Cde Khaya Moyo

Cde Khaya Moyo

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
THE 309th Ordinary Session of the Zanu-PF Politburo met in Harare yesterday and deliberated on various key issues focusing on the state of the economy and the party. Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo told journalists after the meeting that the Kasukuwere report that was compiled by a team that visited Mashonaland Central Province in April was “not discussed’’.

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He said Cde Joseph Made, in his capacity as Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, gave a comprehensive report on the state of agriculture in the country.

“Cde Joseph Made in his capacity as the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development gave a comprehensive update on the state of agriculture in the country encompassing crop and livestock assessment for the 2016-17 season,” he said.

“Maize production is estimated at 2 155 526 tonnes from a total planted area of 1 875 279 hectares, cereal production, that is maize and small grains, is 2 443 119 tonnes against a cereal requirement of 1 547 376 tonnes for human consumption. Tobacco production is estimated at 206,212 million kg compared to 201,261 million kg in 2015-16 season. Cotton production is estimated at 126,995 million kg compared to 32,885 million kg in 2015-16 season. Soyabean is estimated at 357 744 tonnes compared to 47 832 tonness in 2015-16 season.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said Command Wheat was underway and Government was targeting 65 000 hectares.

He said the country also experienced floods in some parts and 162 cattle, 331 goats, 20 donkeys 1 024 chickens died because of flooding.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the cattle herd had decreased but efforts were being made to boost it.

“Diseases associated with heavy rains were also a major challenge this season,” he said.

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“These included lumpy skin and foot rot and tick-borne diseases. Cde Walter Chidhakwa, in his capacity as Minister of Mines and Mining Development, gave a comprehensive report on the state of mining in the country covering gold, platinum, diamonds and nickel among others.

“He highlighted the performance of major mineral commodities and also highlighted the challenges.

“The challenges facing the mining sector included liquidity constraints and logistics citing the high inland cost of moving bulk materials which made Zimbabwe’s minerals uncompetitive on international markets.

“Despite these challenges, the mining sector remained one of the mainstays of the economy.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga gave a report on the recent Presidential Youth Interface Rally held in Marondera adding that the next such meeting would be held tomorrow in Mutare.

He said National Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere presented a report with emphasis mainly on the recent by-elections won by Zanu-PF candidates.

“Restructuring of the party continues in all provinces,” he said.

“The party continues to grow from strength to strength.”

Asked to shed light on the Kasukuwere report, Cde Khaya Moyo said: “No, this was not discussed.”

Yesterday’s meeting was held under maximum security as all members were asked to leave their mobile phones outside and had to go through body scanners machines.

Cde Khaya Moyo refused to explain why such maximum security measures were taken, referring reporters’ questions to Secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo who could not be reached for comment.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    The meeting`s focus on the economy was advisable and timely. It is the economy that will influence votes in the coming elections. Government program that enabled the farmers to take advantage of the good 2016/17 rainfall season is highly commendable. It is a fact that the climate change(droughts )that coincided with our land reform contributed to a large extent to some of our agricultural sector problems over the past one and half decades. God gave us good rains in the last season and we have good results as reported. Those whose political hobby horse of poo pooing our land reform stand confounded and disabused,this time around. Our government commanded. The farmers obeyed the command. Matura ose pfachu kuzara! Pasina ma Boers aye anosapota political stooges of the West against our land reform.

  • eliah

    I am not sure if there is anyone who still cares , bring forward election date.

  • mpengo

    He has access to reliable information, but him being reliable is another matter altogether.

    Remember he once infamously lied to the President and the country about a “Bumper-Harvest”….yet our situation was beyond worse.

    I wouldn’t trust this guy. If it turns out that he’s lying again, he must be flogged in public!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Transforming our economy into first world standards in 37 years? My foot! Without the advantage of colonial looting of resources like UK? Without free slave labor like the US? Without freeing our land in 1980? Political criticism must be rational . Your being Smith`s political spirit medium makes you an unfortunate political tool of neo colonial forces in our national debates. We had to get our land first in the process to develop our economy. You should be denouncing those who imposed sanctions on us after our legitimate land reform, if you were not speaking as Ian Smith`s spirit medium. You are abusing your right to freedom of expression. Our party and government continuity is anchored of the support of the majority Zimbabweans who appreciate good policies pro bono publico. The land issue and imposed sanctions are clear to sane Zimbabweans in the causality equation in respect of our economic nadir. No amount of your hogwash will erase the respect Zimbabweans give to ZANU PF as will also be shown in the coming elections in 2018. Be reminded that your mind is the devil`s workshop, because your going against legitimate majority aspirations is indeed evil and not acceptable in our free Zimbabwe. You love GLass, without G and take away L and that is what you are!