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Zimbabwe’s Ruling Zanu-PF Party Gears Up For Its Extraordinary Congress

  
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a meeting of the ZANU-PF central committee in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe, December 14, 2017. REUTERS

 

While addressing the 107th Central Committee meeting in Harare ahead of today’s congress, President Mnangagwa said the assembly should make far-reaching decisions to change people’s lives.

Mnangagwa chaired his first ZANU-PF politburo meeting on Wednesday in the country’s capital.

The meeting marked the official start of proceedings ahead of the extraordinary congress set for Friday.

The last time the politburo met in November, it expelled then Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa.

On Wednesday Mnangagwa chaired the powerful gathering this time as President.

He is set to officiate the ZANU-PF extra-ordinary congress on Friday.

6000 party delegates are expected to meet in a compacted programme, the congress had been cut from 6 days to 3 and its budget has also been slashed from 8 million to 3 million, signalling President Mnagagwa’s intent to reduce spending.

Three items are on the agenda – to confirm Emmerson Mnangagwa as party leader, to endorse him as its candidate in next year’s presidential election and to ratify resolutions passed by the central committee, including the expulsion of former first lady Grace Mugabe and the reinstatement of all members expelled since 2014.

The congress is expected to heal the previously fractionally riven party.

Under Mnangagwa’s leadership ZANU-PF is seeking win over the electorate by reviving the economy and improving social service delivery.

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