Zanu PF’s 2017 special congress gets underway

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party on Wednesday held a special session of the politburo as the party’s 2017 special congress got underway.  This will be followed by a central committee meeting on Thursday before the party’s new leader addresses the main congress on Friday. As the party prepares for the congress, its former leader will not attend the gathering. Former President Robert Mugabe is currently in Singapore.

The congress will among others approve the Central Committee meeting resolutions. Those resolutions saw the endorsement of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe and the expulsion of those who supported Grace Mugabe. The congress will also nominate Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate ahead of the 2018 election.

“Preparations for the extra ordinary session of congress are more than 95% complete. Sufficient resources have been mobilised for the event to take place. Party paraphernalia is already in place and accreditation is winding up. A total of 7874 people are expected to attend the congress with 5295 of them being delegates,” says ZANU-PF National Spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo.

ZANU-PF says it is on track to rebuild the economy. “The party has had overwhelming support from the corporate world and many other individual well-wishers. The new dispensation was rejuvenated and reignited, confidence and support cross the nation. This is a good indicator of where the party will be in 2018 as we hold harmonized elections.”

The ANC is expected to be represented by its National Chairperson. “Virtually all former sister liberation movements in the SADC region have confirmed sending representatives to this extra ordinary congress including the communist party of China.”

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