LIVE UPDATES: Zanu PF Special Congress


The agenda of the congress is as follows:

Endorsement of Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as Zanu PF President & First Secretary
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

Watch out for entertainment from Baba Mechanic Manyeruke, Police Band and other artists

08:15 – The Zanu PF Extra-Ordinary Congress roars into life today at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare with over 7000 delegates expected to attend.

08:24 – The congress was preceded by the ruling party’s Politburo and Central Committee meetings on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

08:26 – It is the first Congress in the new dispensation, following the recall of Cde Robert Mugabe and the expulsion of the G40 cabal that includes the former First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Ignatius Chombo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Phelekezela Mphoko, Mandi Chimene, Kudzanayi Chipanga and Innocent Hamandishe.

08:45 – Some delegates are already seated while others are still trickling into the main tent.

08:50 – The Police Band on stage, entertaining delegates

11:00 – President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa just after planted a tree at the Robert Mugabe Square as part of the National Tree Planting Day.

11:03 – Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo now doing a roll-call of all the delegates present.

11:11 – We are now live from Robert Mugabe Square, just tune in to the ZBC-Tv for the live broadcast.

11:16 – President Mnangagwa and the First Lady arrives at the congress venue.

11:19 – It’s time for the singing of the National Anthem to mark the beginning of the congress.

11:30 – Zanu PF Secretary for Finance and Acting Secretary for Administration, Cde Obert Mpofu takes to the podium and reads out the agenda.

11:35 – He declares the extra-ordinary congress constitutionally convened.

11:40 – The Zanu PF chairperson of the hosting province, Harare, Cde Goodwills Masimirembwa gives welcoming remarks. He also takes the opportunity to read out Harare Province’s resolutions whose major highlight is the endorsement of Cde Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate for next year’s general elections.

11:54 – The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Mirriam Chikukwa also welcomes delegates.

12:22 – Dr Mpofu concedes that the centre was no longer holding in Zanu PF under the leadership of Cde Robert Mugabe, and that all progressive party members were seriously touched by the self-destructive path that party was going through.

12:28 – He says it was difficult to sit back and pretend that everything was normal while it was not.

12:31 – President Mnangagwa now takes to the podium to deliver his keynote address.

12:40 – He pays tribute to the country’s luminaries who include Cde Herbert Chitepo, Cde Leopold Tawawira, Dr Joshua Nkomo, Cde Alfred Nikita Mangena and Cde Jason Moyo. He also plays tribute to his predecessor, Cde Robert Mugabe, ‘who steered the ship until his resignation last month.’

12:45 – Cde Mnangagwa calls for intra-party democracy at all levels for the good of the party. He says elections must be conducted at all levels of the party and they must be free from manipulation. He also says next year’s general elections will be held as scheduled and must be free, fair and transparent.

12:51 – Cde Mnangagwa pays tribute to the ZDF led by Commander General Constantino Chiwenga, war veterans, the Zanu PF Central Committee, parliament and the generality of Zimbabweans for their resolve that ushered in the new political dispensation. “The Operation Restore Legacy was about securing the future of generations of Zimbabweans. The people showed that their united by the national flag and anthem.. this should be a national pride.”

12:53 – After Operation Restore Legacy, President Mnangagwa says, a new era, a prosperous future for our people is in the making.

12:57 – Cde Mnangagwa castigates the Presidential Interface Rallies, who agenda he says was meant to serve selfish interests. “The 9th interface rally ended with me being likened to a snake, whose head was to be crushed,” he says, adding that all this was done by people who had not fought for the liberation of the country.

12:59 – On war veterans, Cde Mnangagwa says: “their value far exceeds the numerical value of their vote,” adding that they have a huge task of ideologically reorient the the youth.

13:01 – On succession and economic development, he says: “We must now be a party of the future, party of prosperity and party of posterity. Remember all successful parties renew themselves by engaging with women and the youth.”

13:06 – Cde Mnangagwa says he totally opposes tribalism as is a President of all Zimbabweans, all tribes.

13:09 – He calls for unity in the party, urging members to now forget about their past victimisation before the new political dispensation.

13:24 – President Mnangagwa now tables the Central Committee report before ending his address.

13:26 – Cde S.K Moyo invites Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri to give a vote of thanks after the Presidential address.

13:31 – She says under the astute leadership of Cde Mnangagwa, the nation is bound to witness prosperity never experienced before.

13:34 – She notes the positive vibe in the economy as reflected by the fall in the exchange rate of bond note to the US dollar, as well as the issuance of US dollars by local banks.

13:36 – She thanks President Mnangagwa for his commitment to fight corruption and cut government expenditure.

13:40 – It’s in now time for solidarity messages from regional and international parties and first to deliver the message is South African ANC National chairperson Baleka Mbete. Botswana Democratic Party, Communist Party of China (CPC), Malawi’s Progressive Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea and Namibia’s SWAPO are all represented.

Cde Baleka Mbete

15:52 – Cde Patrick Chinamasa reads out the 19 November Special Central Committee resolutions. The CC membership that day was 250/300.

The usurping of executive powers by the former First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe.

The interface rallies whose agenda had been changed to serve selfish interests.

15:53 – He first highlights the events leading to the CC meeting:

CC resolved that the position of national chairman be filled

CC called for the amendment of the party’s constitution.

CC asks this congress to ratify the recall of Cde Mugabe from being state president.

CC asked this congress to nominate Cde Mnangagwa as Presidential candidate in 2018 elections.

CC resolved that today’s congress ratifies its decisions.

CC nominated Cde Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy of state president.

CC appointed Cde Mnangagwa as interim President and First Secretary of the party.

CC expelled 26 members, among them: Dr Grace Mugabe, Phelekezela Mphoko, Ignatius Chombo, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Kudzanai Chipanga, Makhosini Hlongwane, Samuel Udenge, Letina Undenge, Sarah Mahoka, Eunice Sandi Moyo, Innocent Hamandishe, Shadreck Mashayamobe, Anastancia Ndlovu, T. Matangaidza, X. Kazizi, W. Masange, Paul Chimedza and Daniel Shumba

CC recalled former First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe from her position as Secretary for Women Affairs.

CC resolved that Cde Mugabe be told to resign from being state president by midday on 20 November, and if

CC resolved that Cde Robert Mugabe be recalled from being the President and First Secretary of the party.

CC also nullified all expulsions and suspensions of members effected after the 2014 party congress.

CC nullified the unconstitutional removal of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa from being the party’s Second Secretary and that he be reinstated.

CC noted and congratulated Zimbabweans for participating

15:57 – The resolutions:

16:09 – Province now present their resolutions

17:13 – After presentations by provinces, representatives of Zanu PF organs all unanimously endorse the resolutions of the November 19 Central Committee, which among other things, endorse President Mnangagwa as the party’s candidate for the 2018 elections and the expulsion of G40 members

17:05 – President ED Mnangagwa back on the podium to give his closing remarks and says he he will end his address by announcing appointments in the party.

17:13 – After presentations by provinces, representatives of Zanu PF organs all unanimously endorse the resolutions of the November 19 Central Committee, which among other things, endorse President Mnangagwa as the party’s candidate for the 2018 elections and the expulsion of G40 members

17:05 – President ED Mnangagwa back on the podium to give his closing remarks and says he he will end his address by announcing appointments in the party.

17:07 – President Mnangagwa thanks the party for showing confidence in hi, adding that ‘the task at hand is rebuilding our great country.”

17:09 – ‘Lets be mindful that Zanu PF is not a party of its leader but of its members,” President Mnangagwa.

17:12 – “We are a competent and forward thinking party,” says Cde Mnangagwa.

17:25 – He says it is time to work for the upliftment of the lives of all people whom call Zimbabwe their home. He says the land reform programme will not be reversed, adding that the government will continue to fund the command agriculture programme which was facing sabotage before the new political dispensation. He says he has given the huge agricultural task to Rtd Air Marshall Perrance Shiri, who know how to command or follow commands.

17:38 – Cde Mnangagwa notes the problems facing the majority of Zimbabweans such as shortage of jobs and failure to access their money from banks.

17:42 – He calls for an end to the tendency of profiteering.

17:44 – On the social services sectors, President Mnangagwa promises to deliver 480 000 housing units before next year’s elections. He says the end of land barons, illegal settlements and corruption is now.

17:46 – Let us not have people using party cards as cover for corruption and shady deals. I say no, no no,” says Cde Mnangagwa.

17:49 – “Corruption, corruption, corruption, let us resolve as a party that this evil must end,” President Mnangagwa, adding that “those who have been forgiven should not think that they have been forgotten.”

17:51 – “We must win the support of our people so that they will give us another five years to lead them,” he says, adding that there is a huge wait of expectations amongst the people, half of which were born in the new millenium.

“We can only win if we make economic gains, but we can only make economic gains if we are re-elected. Our youths want to know how we will create jobs for them and we must be able to answer them,” President Mnangagwa.

17:54 – “There’s no need for violence at all. Our party has been rejuvenated. There’s no party that has a divine right to rule. We therefore must campaign hard and make sure our supporters are registered,” he says.

17:59 – On APPOINTMENTS – President Mnangagwa delays the appointment of the party’s vice presidents by a few days.

18:00 – Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri appointed National Chairperson of the party.

18:04 – Cde Obert Mpofu is the new Secretary for Administration.

18:05 – Cde Patrick Chinamasa is the new Secretary for Finance.

18:06 – Secretary for Commissariat, Major General Engelbert Rugeje.

18:07 – Secretary for Security is Cde Lovemore Matuke

18:08 – Transport and Social Welfare – Cde July Moyo

18:09 – S.K Moyo returns his post Secretary for Information and Publicity

18:10 – Cde Chris Mutsvangwa is appointed the Secretary for Science and Technology.

18:11 – The new Secretary for War Vets, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees is Cde Victor Victor Matemadanda.

18:14 – Cde Paul Mangwana is the new Secretary for Legal Affairs

18:15 – Secretary for Health, Cde Chizema

18:15 – Cde Marbel Chinomona replaces Dr Grace Mugabe as the Secretary for Women Affairs.

18:16 – Cde Pupurai Togarepi returns as Secretary for Youth Affairs.

18:17 – Cde Joram Gumbo remains the Secretary for Education.

18:19 – Rtd Major General Sibusiso Moyo and Rtd Air Marshal Perrance Shiri have been appointed into the Politburo.


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