The ruling ZANU PF has changed the venue for the annual conference from Seke district to Goromonzi citing budget constraints.
This year’s annual gathering will be hosted by Mashonaland East province.
Addressing a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting held on Saturday in Marondera, party provincial chairperson Joel Biggie Matiza said:
We presented about four budgets with the highest going for more than $30m and the party said it was too high.
This year is characterised by massive hunger following a drought as well as things like the Cyclone Idai effects, hence the party channelled funds towards that.
Even if we are to raise the money it means we were going to host the conference next year.
We are now behind time, hence we looked for an alternative venue in Goromonzi, which is less expensive because of the availability of infrastructure.
Initially, the party had chosen Murape Secondary School in Seke district but later condemned the poor infrastructure at the school, the lack of a thicket to provide cover for security details, and the overhead electricity cables that cut across the school were considered a danger to the people.
Mandedza High School, also in Seke district was chosen but logistic challenges and other factors put paid to the two choices.
There was a need to widen the Harare-Wedza Highway from Chikwanha up to the venue to allow a smooth flow of traffic. This is costly and needs time.
We were expecting that the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration would chip in, but they have no money for such a project hence we moved to Goromonzi where we can only pitch tents.