The Herald (Harare)

21 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Mutasa Speaks On Convention Centre

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa says the party is determined to stage the 13th Annual National People's Conference at the 5 000-seater convention centre under construction in Gweru. He made the remarks when he toured the convention centre on Sunday in the company of the party secretary for legal affairs, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, and other senior party officials.

Cde Mutasa, who was in Gweru to officiate at the Midlands inter-district conference, said he was impressed with the work done at the centre in the past two months.

"I personally had the privilege to look at it (convention centre) alone. I feel the people of Midlands deserve lots of praise," he said.

"This could not have been done in this short time. Because it is here, we are determined to hold our conference here in honour of the good work that has been done so far.

"Whether it is ready or not (to host the conference) we have decided to hold our conference here because the work that has been done here already requires that we hold our conference here. There is only one word which anybody can use to describe the convention centre and that is the centre is very excellent. It has been very well done within a very short space of time."

Cde Mnangagwa told Cde Mutasa that the venue would be ready for the conference, but bemoaned the short notice the province was given by the party's commissariat department to construct the venue.

The project was started on September 6 this year. Project manager Mr Brandon Mbedzi said the convention centre would be completed before the conference. He said they were working extra hours to make sure the project was completed on time.

"The centre will be finished by December 4 when the conference is supposed to start. Everything is on schedule. At the moment we are working on the finishes for the main auditorium and all the suites.

"Contrary to media reports that things are not going well here, things are going on very well and we are very confident that we will finish the project before the conference starts," said Mr Mbedzi.

Midlands Provincial Governor Cde Jaison Machaya hailed Cde Mnangagwa and other leaders from the province for the role they played in making sure the convention centre took shape.

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