By Mashudu Netsianda
Zanu-PF’S heads of department are set to meet today at Esigodini to discuss preparations for the party’s conference in December. The party, early this month, shifted the venue for the event from Gwanda to Esigodini in Umzingwane district.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the venue of the 17th national conference was moved from Gwanda due to accommodation challenges facing the Matabeleland South provincial capital.
“We decided to change the venue of our annual 17th National People’s Conference,” he said.
“Initially, Gwanda was supposed to host the national conference, but we then noted that accommodation in that town and its vicinity might not be enough given the anticipated huge numbers of delegates.
“We then settled for Esigodini largely because it is closer to Bulawayo.”
Cde Khaya Moyo said the party’s heads of departments who also form the conference’s coordinating committee, will meet at Esikhoveni Training Centre together with their respective sub-committees and the Matabeleland South provincial leadership today.
“The coordinating committee, which comprises all heads of departments and their respective sub-committees, will be interacting with the provincial leadership in order to work out details on the preparations of the National People’s Conference to be held sometime in December,” he said.
The party was last year expected to hold the conference in Gwanda, but called for Special Congress in Harare to endorse President Mnangagwa as the party’s First Secretary and President.
The Congress allowed President Mnangagwa to appoint new Politburo members who replaced those who had been fired from the party.