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15 December 2017 | 6822 Views
We give you live updates of the Zanu PF extraordinary congress 2017 which is being held at the Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare.




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1315: President Mnangagwa now tables the central committee report and ends his address.

1312: "Let us commit to uniting the party membership. The disintegration of the party must never be allowed again,"

1309: President Mnangagwa says the party should shift focus and now instead of being a party of politics and politics alone but must become about a party of politics and economy. "My Presidency is not to be seen as a rise of a certain region or tribe but should be seen as rise of total unity. I am an emissary of all veterans and heroes dead or live. I am a President for everyone,"

1304: "War veterans should be at the core of all this. Their value is greater than their vote. We must stop being a party of the past but become a party of the future,"

1302: "We must now focus on rebuilding our party and restore the confidence of the people which had been lost because of this cabal (G40),"

1259: "The ninth interface rally ended with me being likened to a snake whose head had to be crashed. This was all said by people who have little history in the liberation of the country….Let us draw lessons from all that has happened, revolutions get infiltrated but let us not lower our guard ever again. Let us remain genuine cadres instead of careerist who focus on self-gain and enrichment. In the future, let's remain disciplined, disciplined and disciplined,"

1256: "Our history and legacy were under threat from the G40 cabal which had divided the party. Party structures were overrun, corrupt activities were daily sanitised, the country was violated with impunity. The so-called youth interface rallies were not mobilisation but were agendas,"

1252: "I would like to salute CDF Constantino Chiwenga and the entire ZDF and also the war veterans who remained resolute despite being condemned at times but they indeed remained resolute,"

1248: "Above all, we must ensure peace in our land. We who are called upon to lead the party must always remember that we are servants of the party and the nation…a new era of prosperity for our people is in the making,"

1247: The 2018 general elections will be held as scheduled.

1244: His Excellency pays his respects to liberation struggle forebearers saying the duty to continue the struggle is a collective effort. He describes Zanu-PF as a great party and so is its history. He says it's a party tied to the people through blood shed during the liberation struggle. "It must be an instrument available to a national purpose…our party must be an instrument for the realisation of the collective dreams of our people…that is our duty as a party of national liberation which wields power responsibly. Democracy and respect for the rule of law runs through the veins our party since independence,"

1238: President Mnangwag says every member of the party shall have the duty to be loyal, abide by the party rules, understand party principles, defend the party and popularise the party's principles as well as not bring the name of the party into disrepute.

1235: President Mnangagwa is now on the podium. He says he is humbled and honoured to greet and welcome all delegates to the congress. He recognises the sister liberation struggle parties that they shared the trenches with.

1231: Dr Mpofu describes President Mnangagwa as a caring and loving father, an attentive listener, man of the people, large-hearted unifier and is an inspiration of confidence and hope among his countrymen. While most would like to call him Ngwena or INgwenya, which may explain his alertness, he remains as soft and as tender as an African mother's love. He has now called the President to give his keynote address.

1224: Dr Mpofu says recent events saw the party go on a drive of self-destruction. Party meetings and gatherings, he says, became unpredictable and turned into platforms of disunity. He says party cadres within the rank and file as well the war veterans became routine targets of abuse. He laments the random expulsions of the party faithful by political turncoats who ran the party as they pleased. He says the former President Mugabe had completely lost control of the party.

1218: Dr Mpofu is now giving his welcome address after which he will invite President Mnangagwa to give his keynote address.

1203: Delegates are now being presented to the congress and they are making their presence felt through song and dance.

1201: Dr Mpofu has also warned Harare delegates to behave saying President Mnangagwa is a strict disciplinarian.

1158: Khaya Moyo castigates Harare Province delegates for being unruly during Chikukwa's address and especially so in the presence of President Mnangagwa. He now invites the Acting Secretary of Administration Dr Obert Mpofu to present delegates to the extraordinary congress.

12:13 Khaya Moyo tries to douse his mistake by claiming that Emmerson Mnangagwa was not against former president Robert Mugabe but he targeted only criminals around him.

12:12 Simon Khaya Moyo mistakenly chants "…Pamberi naRobert Mugabe slogan" Endorsement of Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as Zanu PF President Endorsement of President Mnangagwa as Zanu PF presidential candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections Endorsement of resolutions made at the Special Central Committee meeting of November 19, 2017

11:56: Harare provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa booed as she addresses. People shouting that she should go. Simon Khaya Moyo intervenes calling Harare province to order.

1154: Master of Ceremony Simon Khaya Moyo calls for chairpersons that will be invited to the podium to make welcome remarks only and make no salutations as they're known. The speakers should get straight to the point. Miriam Chikukwa is now making her welcome remarks as the Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs.

1152: He says the appointment of President Mnangagwa marks the start of a new era. Masimirembwa narrates the process that led to the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe. He says the province is delighted to be at the congress and duly nominates President Mnangagwa to be the party's candidate in the harmonised elections set for 2018.

1145: Chairman of Harare Metropolitan Province, Goodwills Masimirembwa, is now on the podium.

1138: Acting Secretary of Administration Dr Obert Mpofu gets the official business started by reading the agenda of the extraordinary congress.

1131: The delegates are now on their feet dancing as Jah Prayzah belts out his popular song-Kutonga Kwaro.

1124: President Mnangagwa is flanked at the high table by acting Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu and Secretary for Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa while the First Lady is seated with her fellow Politburo members.

1118: The National Anthem now being sung to start official proceedings.

1116: Whistles and ululation as President Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Mnangagwa make their way into congress venue.

1112: Tree planting is now complete and the programme now shifts inside where President Mnangagwa will give his opening remarks.

1054: The President is also officially opening a park which will be established at the Robert Mugabe square. The park will mainly be made up of fruit trees.

1049: President ED Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa have just arrived at the congress venue. They are now planting trees at the venue to launch the National Tree Planting day.

1044: Delegates to the Zanu-PF extraordinary congress, which is being held at the Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare, are now seated as they wait for President Emmerson Mnangagwa's arrival. Only senior party members remain outside as they wait to welcome President Mnangagwa who is set to plant a tree as part of commemorations of the National Tree Planting day.

Around 7 874 people are expected to attend from the ten provinces in Zimbabwe, various Zanu-PF chapters in the diaspora and international friends of the party. Delegates will be drawn from the Central Committee, the National Consultative Assembly, Youth League, Women's League and the Provincial Executive Councils. The duration was cut to three days from the previously suggested five days with the party leadership agreeing to cut the budget drastically. The congress is expected to endorse changes that came up as a result of Operation Restore Legacy.


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