ZANU-PF has reconstituted its fund-raising committee ahead of its 13th Annual National People's Conference set for Gweru early next month. Party spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo told journalists in Harare yesterday that secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa was the new chairperson of the fundraising committee.
He is taking over from Cde Noah Mangondo who is now in the Harare province fundraising committee.
Cde Gumbo said the committee was expected to raise resources for the conference and harmonised elections set for next year.
"Cde Mutasa will be chairman of the committee while Cde (Goodson) Nguni will be the co-ordinator of the fundraising committee," he said.
"The committee has been mandated to raise and mobilise resources for various activities of the party such as the annual national people's conference, the national congress, harmonised elections and all sorts of activities of the party.
"This year's fund-raising activity will focus mainly on the annual national people's conference to be held in Gweru."
The launch of the fund-raising campaign, Cde Gumbo said, would be held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare next week. He said Vice-President and Second Secretary of Zanu-PF Cde Joice Mujuru was expected to be the guest of honour at the dinner.
Cde Gumbo said the fund-raising committee would hold a business expo in Gweru during the conference.
He said President Mugabe was expected to tour the stands at the expo.
"The committee will sell party regalia to bring colour and glitter to the conference," said Cde Gumbo.
"I just want to warn the public that we will not tolerate people who will come to sell their wares at the conference without getting the authority from the party's Department of Information and Publicity."
He said stern measures would be taken against people who defy the rule.
Cde Charles Tavengwa, who is the party's deputy secretary for finance, said the fund-raising committee was expected to raise US$2 million for the conference.
Provinces, he said, were expected to contribute about US$150 000 each.
"However, from previous experience, some provinces managed to raise about US$50 000 each. Now we expect the provinces to raise about US$50 000 each . . . The conference requires about US$2,5 million so we expect US$2 million to come from the fund-raising committee," said Cde Tavengwa.
Cde Gumbo and Cde Tavengwa dismissed as malicious reports that Zanu-PF was using money from diamond proceeds to bankroll its activities.