press releaseBy Professor Tshuma
THE ZANU PF 13th National People's Conference to be held in Gweru in December will leave the Party rejuvenated as well as set the election tone for next year's harmonised elections.
In an interview after the 261st Ordinary Session of the Politburo last week, the Party's Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said the Politburo was convinced that the conference would leave the Party rejuvenated ahead of the elections scheduled for March next year as pronounced by President Robert Mugabe.
He said the meeting also discussed several issues chief among them being the theme and dates of the forthcoming Conference, the report from Cdes Patrick Chinamasa and Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana on the constitution- making process as well as a report from the Political Commissar Cde Webster Shamu on the revamping of the Party's structures.
The conference will be held in Gweru in line with the Party's policy of taking the Indaba to all the country's 10 provinces.
"The Conference is expected to leave the Party rejuvenated and as we are going for elections in March as said by the President, we expect it to set the election tone which will lead to a victory by ZANU PF," he said.
"We discussed the issue of the National People's Conference to be held in Gweru and we have agreed that it be held from December 4 to 9.
"We have also agreed on the theme for the Conference which is: Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment," he said.
Cde Gumbo said the theme was chosen after the realization that it was relevant to the current situation, which is to drive the indegenisation of foreign owned entities thereby creating employment opportunities for the locals.
"We have adopted that theme because it is relevant to the current situation and also to our campaign ahead of next year's elections," he said.
Cde Gumbo said the Party leadership received a report on the Constitution-making process and agreed to embark on a massive mobilisation process which is expected to see the revamping of all Party structures.
He revealed that the Party will over the next weekend hold Provincial Inter-District Conferences countrywide that would be addressed by Politburo members and other senior officials.
"What we talked about was the revamping of the Party structures throughout the country that will see the introduction of new Party cards.
"Every Politburo member must be involved in mobilising supporters.
"We will be having interdistrict meetings throughout the country and these meetings would be addressed by Politburo members and other senior officials," he said.
On the issue of the rules and regulations to conduct the primary elections, Cde Gumbo said the issue had been deferred to the next session of the Politburo which will be held just before the Conference.
"It would be done later, maybe just before the conference," he said.
Turning to the issue of the constitution-making process, Cde Gumbo said the report by Cdes Mangwana and Chinamasa showed that the recommendations made by the people at the Second All Stakeholders Conference were not tempered with.
"We got an update from Cde Chinamasa on constitution-making process especially on what the Copac drafters have done with the recommendations of the Second All Stakeholders' Conference.
"They have completed deliberations and are now going to submit the report to the management committee which will in turn take it to the principals.
"They told us that Copac didn't tamper with what the people said, but just presented it in a clear and transparent way," Cde Gumbo said.