Zanu-PF to cut congress budget

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Farirai Machivenyika, Harare Bureau
Zanu-PF has revised downwards the budget for its Extraordinary Congress to be held next month from the proposed $8 million and the number of delegates to the special event will also be reduced, it has been learnt.

The number of days for the Congress will be reduced from six to three.

This was confirmed by the party’s Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday.

“The coordinating committee met yesterday (Saturday) and looked at various issues we have covered so far,” said Cde Khaya Moyo. “It was agreed that the number of delegates that will attend the Extraordinary Congress be reduced and the figure will be confirmed by the Politburo.

“The number of days will also be reduced. We now expect that it will be held over three days, which will obviously mean that the budget will be cut drastically.”

The ruling party had initially drawn up an $8 million budget for the Congress that was set to run from December 12 to December 17.

Over 6 000 delegates were expected to attend.

Cde Khaya Moyo said preparations for the mega event were going on well.

“Everything is going on well and everything will be finalised this coming week,” he said. “It’s certainly not going to be a heavy Extraordinary Congress as we had thought before.

“All sub-committees are working well and we believe that the chairpersons of provinces, who attended yesterday’s (Saturday) meeting, will ensure that everything goes according to plan and mobilise the delegates that will attend the Congress.”

The revolutionary party has established sub-committees to prepare for the Congress.

The sub-committees are the documentation and legal, finance, security, transport and welfare, health, entertainment, environment and tourism, and information and organising.

The sub-committees will report to the Congress.

Delegates expected to attend the event include members of the Central Com­mittee, National Consultative Assem­bly, National Council of the Women’s League, National Council of the Youth League, Provincial Executive Coun­cils and all district chairpersons from the main wing, Women and Youth leagues.

Several foreign delegates are also expected to attend the event.

The Congress is expected to endorse the re-calling of former President Robert Mugabe from the party leadership and the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the First Secretary and President by the Central Committee on November 19.

The Central Committee also indicated that President Mnangagwa would be the party’s presidential candidate in the 2018 harmonised elections.

President Mnangagwa has since been sworn-in as the State President.

The Congress is also expected to uphold the decision by the Central Committee to expel G40 cabal members such as former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Phelekezela Mphoko, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatius Chombo, Walter Mzembi, Kudzanayi Chipanga, Mandi Chimene, Leticia Undenge and many others.

These were dismissed for fanning divisions in the party and threatening national security through corruption and making Government programmes dysfunctional.

Some of them, like Chombo and Chipanga, have since appeared in court facing charges ranging from corruption to undermining State apparatus.

The Congress is also expected to discuss the state of the party, the economy and preparations for next year’s harmonised elections, including the manifesto for the polls.

Following the intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to pacify the situation, the ruling party is now shifting its attention to dealing with economic challenges that are affecting the generality of the Zimbabwean population.

Already, there are indications that the Zanu-PF Government intends to intensify re-engagement process with the international community and pay more attention to a fast deteriorating economy, which is characterised by cash shortages, declining exports and a huge debt overhang.

The Congress will be held at Robert Mugabe Square in Harare.


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  • Zapalala

    KKK let’s hope these clowns mean it this time . We are watching u.

    • Mthwakazi

      Perhaps add an easy going dog, some good music and a stash of booze for when times get tough, and if you need to hide in a shed, maybe a divorce?

  • peace maker

    If President Mnangagwa has been confirmed as the party presidential candidate for 2018, why discuss the matter at congress? These guys are not different from the G40.

  • God of War

    Good start so far.

  • zibulo

    they now cant blatantly access state funds like before , and retend to be cuttting costs. They have never incurred costs, just dipping hands into fiscus and parastatal resources to ferry each other for mahala all along

  • Ringo

    Kkkkkkk the last time i heard SK Moyo was when he was shouting ‘treason, treason,’

    • Jlw

      This guy Moyo like the Obert Mpofu and others is a hypocrite singing for his supper and bootlicker- a real chameleon

  • libertyatliberty

    1.Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.I concur with the Bishop,that to forgive Mugabe must not be imposed on people.Mugabe has not shown any remorse for his past mistakes.Which means he does not acknowledge his past mistakes.He thinks he is infallible .Therefore ,he does not deserve any forgiveness He is too proud to apologise for his mistakes.We all make mistakes,knowingly and unknowingly ,but as human beings ,we ought to acknowledge our mistakes .We are born of flesh,we are not like the almighty who is spirit.If Mugabe had a conscience,surely he could have apologised for his mistakes in his last broadcast to the nation.Even if he was not doing that for himself,it was going to go a long way in uniting the nation which he polarised using tribalism.It was going to create inner healing to those suffered just because of him.Many are hurting inside because of him.More so ,a profuse apology was going to help his children ,his relatives and ZANU pf.ZANU pf needs to encourage him to apologise ,because he did that evil all in the name of ZANU pf .Had he done good to the people of Zimbabwe,that could have created a good will for ZANU pf among Zimbabweans .But his actions are/were to the detriment of ZANU pf ,since he was their representative .Its just like employees of a company ,when they commit crimes during the course of their employment ,when executing their duties,vicarious liability mainly lies with the company and employees can also be prosecuted if its criminal litigation.Therefore,ZANU pf ,as a legal person in the eyes of the law is equally guilty of the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Mugabe during his time in office .This goes on to explain why ZANU pf is trying to force people to forgive Mugabe.Mugabe unleashed the Gukurahundi on the people of Matabeleland ,he therefore must be indicted for that crime.If that is done ,it will show the world that there is rule of law in Zimbabwe.It would ,to some extent ,not have been good to prosecute him as a sitting president ,but now that immunity is gone So,we must do the right thing and prosecute him for that crime.A crime of genocide has no statute limitation.And ZANU pf cannot declare him free of that crime.And cannot force people to forgive him for that crime.Even if he were to apologise ,he still needs to be prosecuted period Please Zimbabweans note that this is not about avenging the death of those who died nor is it about settling a grudge against the Shona people.This is about justice.Justice is about fairness.Mugabe did not commit that crime on behalf of the Shona people,but rather to make his own ends meet.So,let’s all ensure that justice is served.Its not about Ndebels ,but its about innocent Zimbabweans who were killed without committing any crimes .Maybe to make things easier for the government,they can just write to the ICC and give it a go ahead to prosecute him .Isn’t that that is now a new Zimbabwe?Unless it is in disguise of something else.But if it is for real ,then let’s do the right thing and get him prosecuted period.###