The Zanu-PF Politburo yesterday set the tone for the forthcoming 15th annual National People’s Conference, unanimously agreeing that the indaba will centre on improving people’s livelihoods as espoused in the Government economic blue print, Zim-Asset. The conference is slated for Victoria Falls from December 7-13. Speaking after the Politburo meeting yesterday, Zanu-PF secretary for information and publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the conference would be about the economy.
“The secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo gave a detailed report on the preparations for the 15th National People’s Conference encompassing the agenda and indeed the programme for the conference,” he said.
“The agenda includes the state of the party, the state of the economy focusing mainly on Zim-Asset clusters which you are all aware of. Zim-Asset will be the main centre for discussion and Cde (Patrick) Chinamasa (Finance and Economic Development Minister) will present a paper on that as the conference proceeds.”
Added Cde Khaya Moyo: “We shall also have on the agenda the liberation war heritage, sports, culture and religion. Women and Youth affairs will also be discussed. Only accredited delegates will be allowed to attend the conference.”
Some sections of the media were speculating that the conference would see the Zanu-PF constitution being amended and some leadership changes taking place. Provinces have come up with recommendations for the conference, chief among them being the endorsement of President Mugabe as the party’s candidate for the 2018 elections.
Cde Khaya Moyo said a report from the national disciplinary committee decisions had been well received by the Politburo, with ‘decisions being taken’ on pending cases. He, however, declined to reveal the decisions. “The national disciplinary committee chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko presented its report to the Politburo, which report was well received,” Cde Khaya Moyo said.
“I won’t be able to give you details of that report suffice to say it has been well received by the Politburo and where there are adjustments, they will be done so internally. This is an internal matter. We will give you details later as soon as I am ready. I would not know whether (or not) there have been casualties but decisions have been taken.”
There has been a spate of votes of no confidence and counter votes of no confidence in provinces such as Mashonaland West, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and Masvingo. Cde Khaya Moyo said national commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere also presented a report on the ongoing restructuring exercise.
“The restructuring is not complete yet but it is almost complete and is going on extremely well,” he said. “I want to appeal to members of the press to be truthful and avoid falsehoods. Have your facts, do not imagine things and write things that do not exist anywhere. I hope you will measure up to our expectations.”
He said the party’s secretary for external affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi gave a brief on President Mugabe’s coming visit to Paris, France this week for a Climate Change conference. Cde Khaya Moyo said Cde Chombo also reported on the meeting of secretaries-general of former liberation movements that took place in Mozambique last week.