Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Secretary for Administration Kindness Paradza has said party delegates do not indulge in sex while attending party conferences and congresses as they will be seized with serious national issues.

"We don't have sex at congress . . . no no no there is nothing like that, we will be discussing serious national issues which are turned into national strategic documents," said Paradza to journalists at a National Aids Council (NAC) workshop in Kadoma.

At a Zanu-PF conference held in Gweru two years ago, commercial sex workers reportedly recorded brisk business with some flocking from places like Kwekwe to satisfy demand among delegates who had come to the city.

Paradza, who was responding to questions on whether his party had an HIV and Aids policy in view of the fact that most politicians were known to indulge in casual sex, said Zanu-PF was leading the fight against the pandemic.

"We do have an Aids policy in our party which is led by our Secretary for Health Dr David Parirenyatwa and this has also become a national policy because our secretary is also the Minister of Health . . . that notion that we go to congress to have sex is wrong," he said.

NAC spokesperson Medelin Dube said Zanu-PF had also taken time to invite her organisation during its gatherings to give delegates HIV and Aids education and offer other services which included counselling and testing.

"We have been invited during Zanu-PF conferences and congresses to offer services which include counselling and testing and the response has been encouraging as delegates take time in between sessions to visit us and get tested," she said.

Paradza also spoke against sexual abuse in newsrooms saying journalists were being subjected to carpet interviews before being offered jobs in a market where employment was scarce.

"You also need to look out for yourselves because we know that sexual abuse is rampant in the newsrooms and this exposes you to HIV," he said.

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