AS IT HAPPENED: Mugabe addresses Zanu-PF conference

2016-12-16 12:01

Get the latest details as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses at least 7 000 delegates attending the ruling Zanu-PF party conference in Masvingo.

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16 Dec 14:33
Mugabe ends his speech.

16 Dec 14:31
Mugabe: Let us ensure that as we go into 2017 we will be united and know the rules of the party

16 Dec 14:31
Mugabe submits the central Committee report to the gathering showing critical issues for discussion

16 Dec 14:29
Mugabe: As a party we must always live with one policy. There are platforms in the party such as the politburo, the central committee, which then reports to congress. But it doesn’t help to have newspapers intervening in our issues. How do newspapers get to know our issues in the party?

16 Dec 14:24
Mugabe: It doesnt matter who you are - former detainee or war veteran - you always know how things are done

16 Dec 14:23
 Mugabe says seniority in Zanu-PF only comes after you have been elected or appointed. You dont force your way

16 Dec 14:23
 Mugabe says seniority in Zanu-PF only comes after you have been elected or appointed. You dont force your way

16 Dec 14:21
Mugabe: We should not settle matters of our party through Twitter and Facebook

16 Dec 14:17
Mugabe: There is a new culture of indiscipline in the party. When you join the party there are rules to be adhered to and ways to be followed. You cannot dictate what happens in the party. No one person should stand up and say do this or that

16 Dec 14:09

Mugabe assures Zimbabweans that although the year 2016 experienced drought, no one will die of hunger.

He thanks Agriculture Minister Joseph Made and other ministers for working hard to make sure the country doesn't go hungry 

16 Dec 14:06
Mugabe: The fight to defend Zanu-PF and government polices is still on so as not be inhibited in implementing ZIM ASSET

16 Dec 14:05
Mugabe: There shall not be regime change

16 Dec 14:01
Mugabe: Zanu-PF remained strong such that the opposition is now in disarray. The opposition have practically no ideas on how the economy or country can be transformed

16 Dec 13:59
Mugabe: We must be able to look at the party from above and from below and also side ways. 

16 Dec 13:57

Mugabe: At this conference, we anticipate robust, frank and informed discussions.

Apart from discussing the economy, our conference will look at the state of the party, especially in the past year  


16 Dec 13:54

Mugabe: The rains have blessed us with a cool weather that is ideal for us to engage in fruitful deliberations

We are looking forward to a good Agricultural season

16 Dec 13:50

Mugabe welcomes revolutionary parties in attendance.

He says the spirit that binds them today is the same spirit that kept them united during the liberation struggle. 

16 Dec 13:47
Mugabe welcomes SA Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa 

16 Dec 13:46

Mugabe now giving his keynote speech.

The veteran leader welcomes all delegates to the 2016 Zanu PF National People's Conference.

16 Dec 13:39
President Mugabe now takes to the podium

16 Dec 13:38
Mphoko now invites the First Secretary of Zanu-PF, President Mugabe to give his key note address

16 Dec 13:37
Mphoko: We are not gathered to elect people to office... The succession theory that is being mooted undermines the principle of unity. It exposes a spirit of individualism 

16 Dec 13:35
Mphoko: This is an ordinary conference.It's neither an elective conference nor and elective congress 

16 Dec 13:33
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko now addressing delegates. 

16 Dec 13:32

16 Dec 13:12
Earlier on, Masvingo Minister of State Cde Shuvai Mahofa reportedly said that Zanu-PF would have bee defeated had it not been for Grace Mugabe.

16 Dec 13:06
Zanu PF's secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo now presenting delegates to President Mugabe. 

16 Dec 13:03

16 Dec 12:49

16 Dec 12:48
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa now on the podium. He is expected to chair today's deliberations. 

16 Dec 12:36
Zanu PF's secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo declares the Zanu-PF conference duly convened.

16 Dec 12:31

Secreatry for women's affairs, First Lady Grace Mugabe says the women's league has come up with new designs for Zanu-PF's regalia.

She thanks South Africa Deputy President Cde Cyril Ramaphosa for gracing the conference

16 Dec 12:24

16 Dec 12:23
Zanu-PF National Political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere takes to the podium. He requests that provinces introduce their delegates. 

16 Dec 12:22
Mutendi pleads with God to protect Zimbabwe from "evil people of this world".

16 Dec 12:22
Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi of ZCC gives opening sermon to kick start proceedings. 

16 Dec 12:18

16 Dec 12:11
Conference kicks off with national anthem. 

16 Dec 12:05
President Mugabe and First lady Grace have arrived at the venue.

16 Dec 12:02

Reports indicate that South Africa''s vice president Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the Zanu-PF conference.

16 Dec 12:02

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16 Dec 12:02
The police band is entertaining delegates as they await Mugabe's arrival. 

16 Dec 12:02
Zanu-PF's theme for this conference is: "Moving with Zimasset in peace and Unity"

16 Dec 12:02

Delegates are gathered at Masvingo showgrounds, where Mugabe is expected to officially open the conference which started on Tuesday. 

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, delegates started arriving at the venue as early as 08:00.

16 Dec 12:02
By the way this is Zanu-PF's 16th National Peoples Conference.

16 Dec 12:02

16 Dec 12:02
Does Zanu-PF hold these conferences every December?

16 Dec 12:02

More than 7 000 fractious delegates, a president near the end of his career in a cash-strapped southern African country, one rain-soaked city and there you have it: Zanu-PF's ruling party conference, which kicks off on Friday in Zimbabwe's central city of Masvingo.

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