The Sunday Mail
Harare – The congress is running under the theme “Accelerated Implementation of (Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation) ZIM-ASSET”.
DAY 5: Zanu-PF 6th National People’s Congress
16:40 President dissolves the Central Committee. ‘All those who had powers in the central no longer have any powers. Those who will be selected should be deserving.
16:36 Obama has been a failure in terms of what Africa expects. America wants to teach us democracy but there are more blacks in their jails than in their Universities. As for Britain, we taught them democracy but the want to keep me and my wife on sanctions.
16:27 Mujuru should have come for elections. Mujuru was free to come for the congress. We never blocked her. She is at her home as we speak. Let us be peaceful people. – President Mugabe.
16:20 President Mugabe has told delegates that Cde Muchinguri is one of the women who approached him and called for the elevation of VP Mujuru. However, Mujuru became too hungry for power and would consult n’angas seeking to land the top post. She became too close to erstwhile enermies who colonised us, he said.
16:13 Dr Joshua Nkomo said unity begins with me, with you and with all of us. Let us practice this. We must love each other. Hatidi huipi. We people act contrary to rules of the party in order to assume power, we say NO. We fought Ian Smith and even exhumations continue till today. George Rutanhire took Joice to war when she was a young woman. Joice met Mujuru. Mujuru aiva nevakasikana vakawanda. Joice would complain about this. Zvevakadzi izvi ndizvo zvaive zvake. – President Mugabe.
16:09 Listen to the people when they sing and say their choice. I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. I know I am not greater than people. As a leader, I am your servant. I can only lead the struggle. ZimAsset will give you better lives but you should be educated. – President Mugabe.
16:02 We must treasure and take care of Zimbabwe. We must give a fortress against our enemy. We treasure this home because yesterday they came from Britain and made us subjects. The British taught us religion. Together we have to protect this land so that it does not become a colony again. – President Mugabe.
15:56 We all come from the people. It is the people of Zimbabwe that must guide us as leaders. We should know what their likes are and what we can do as their leaders to raise their standards of living. Zimbabwe is just one, bound together by the fact of being Zimbabwean. – President Mugabe.
15:53 President Mugabe takes to the podium and thanks the people for voting for him. The crowd shouts we love you and The President reciprocates.
15:50 S.K. Moyo asks President to dissolve the Central Committee
15:48 The positions held by individuals in Zanu PF belong to the people.
15:44 Tumultous atmosphere as President Mugabe is emphatically endorsed as President and First Secretary of Zanu PF. Cde S.K. Moyo calls eccentric delegates to order saying he has an important announcement before announcing that the endorsement is revolutionary.
15:33 Cde Muchinguri takes to the podium to second the motion and she chants, ‘Pasi NeGamatox.’ Cde S.K. Moyo asks the house to endorse President Mugabe by acclamation. The house roars into thunder and dance ‘Musaputse Sungano.’
15:28 Cde Mnangagwa is called to the front to move the motion of endorsing President Mugabe. He describes President Mugabe as a man without a parallel.
15:22 S.K. Moyo moves to the next item which is the endorsement of President Mugabe and delegates erupt into song, ‘VaMugabe ndimi moga Baba.’ President stands as ‘YES’ chants fill the venue. Cde S.K. Moyo thanks delegates and plead with them to be quiet and allow the process to be done legally.
15:16 There shall be a new nine member commission to deal with Zanu PF elections. Cde Mnangagwa asks the congress to ratify the amendments and house ratifies them by acclamation.
14:58 He reads the preamble which puts emphasis on African values and unity in the party. The new amendments also emphasises vision for the party, Central Committee will have 300 members, the two vice presidents shall be appointed by the President and so will be the National Chairman of the party. The President shall appoint the Politburo. Party members guilty of corruption shall be liable to discipline by their organ and any member who gets a vote of no confidence will be suspended or expelled from the party.
14:54 Secretary for Legal Affairs, Cde Mnangagwa gets loud cheers and he moves to the podium. He chants the slogan, ‘Pasi neMhandu’ and it ignites delegates. Cde Mnangagwa is presenting on proposed amendments to the constitution and explains that there will be new amendments.
14:51 Cde Sikhosana ends his presentation after murmurs from the crowd that it is too long and Cde S.K. Moyo announces that foreign dignitaries will be allowed to greet the President.
14:41 Some of the resolutions that have been read by Cde Sikhosana include endorsement of President Mugabe as sole candidate for 2018 elections. Youths also commend President Mugabe for 2013 appointment of youths to parastatals much to the displeasure of the Ministry of Youth.
14:27 Women also endorse President Mugabe as Zanu PF candidate for 2018 election and also the elevation of Dr Mugabe. They also congratulate President Mugabe for assuming the post of SADC Chairmanship.
14:18 Women’s League conference among other things recommend that the Party stops man from interfering with the affairs of women’s leage and also punish those who engage in factionalism. Women also resolve that the Party’s constitution be re-aligned and that the party be sensitive to the needs of women, the elderly and the disabled. Women also recommend that government scraps off maternity fees for women. Government should build clinics in resettlement areas and that Value Added Tax and Duty be scrapped on sanitary ware.
14:13 The crowd cheers at at outgoing Secretary for Women’s League as she takes to the podium to present W/L’s resolutions.
14:07 Cde Douglas Mombeshora presents on Land and Land Reform and says Government should dissolve some and recommends that government the ONE FARM ONE MAN POLICY. Cde Mombeshora presentation brings to an end the reports.
13:57 Cde Walter Chidhakwa presents on value addition and beneficiation. He tells delegates that other African countries acknowledge steps being taken by Zimbabwe in Value.
13:44 He speaks on various infrastructure projects which are being undertaken across the country like Plumtree border post, Harare – Mutare highway dualisation, Nyamapanda border post, Beitbridge border post, Bulawayo – Tsholotsho, Beitbridge – Tsholotsho, Kariba Power expansion, Tokwe – Mukosi Dam, Gwai-Shangani, Mtshabezi pipeline and Harare water supply.
13:41 Dr Obert Mpofu takes to the podium to present on Infrastructure and Utilities. He denounces Gamatox and 10% in apparent reference to VP Mujuru who allegedly demanded 10% bribes from companies.
13:39 Cde Nyoni’s presentation touches programmes to create new jobs and embark on small and medium scale enterprising.
13:31 Dr Made wraps up his speech to pave way for Cde Sithembiso Nyoni who was chairing a Social Services and Poverty reduction committee.
13:25 He also recommends that the Government reconsiders the installation of prepaid electricity meters to farmers arguing that farmers do not have money to pay for electricity before selling crops. Dr Made also recommends that a new dam be constructed for Save and Chisumbanje.
13:22 Cde Made urges more financial support for farmers. He also warns companies and individuals against duping people in the name of the party.
13:17 The party also recommends the introduction of NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE. Cde Mudenda has finished his presentation and we move to FOOD SECURITY.
13:10 Cde Mudenda says the the first recommendation is to endorse President Mugabe as their presidential candidate for 2018 elections.
The party also resolved to support the nomination of the First Lady to the Politburo and also increase war veterans benefits.
13:06 Zanu PF National Chairman invites delegates to make 10 minutes presentations to save time. He invites Cde Jacob Mudenda to present on the State of the Party
13:04 S.K Moyo invites First Family and delegates to take their seats. The National Chairman apologises for delayed start and poor air-condition.
13:00 President Mugabe arrives at the venue accompanied by the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe and delegates erupt into song, ‘Musaputse Sungano’ as the first family waves to the ecstatic crowd.
12:54 National Chairman S.K Moyo arrives here at Robert Mugabe Square accompanied by Secretary for Legal Affairs, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. S.K. Moyo takes to the podium and chants party slogan.
12.39 Sulumani Chimbetu is now performing on stage with the POLICE band.
12.34 A young primary school pupil, enrolled at the First Lady’s school in Mazowe is unpacking ZIMASSET.
12.26 Spasms of delirium erupt amongst delegates as Cde. Chinx Chingaira performs “Hondo Yeminda”
12:14 Cde Chinx Chingaira is entertaining delegates with his band and is playing songs from the liberation struggle
12:10 Cde Dzikamai Mavhaire, one of the Cabinet Ministers linked to VP Mujuru has arrived here at Robert Mugabe Grounds and takes his seat among other politburo members
11:30 Police band now entertaining the crowd here at Robert Mugabe Square.
11:20 President Mugabe will arrive here any moment from now. Members of the Politburo are seen here forming up a line to welcome him
11:00 Delegates are trickling in and the venue is almost packed now for the final day of the Zanu PF Sixth National People’s Congress.
10:56 Party women from Matabeleland sing ‘Sihamba lomama, Sihamba loDokotela.’
10:52 Zanu PF Women break into song, ‘Mujuru sorry waruza’ as they wait for the arrival of the President.
10:50 ZANU PF Politburo Members are milling around waiting for the arrival of President Mugabe who is also First Secretary of the party.