Massive facelift for congress venue

HARARE - A dusty road expected to be used by President Robert Mugabe's motorcade to the venue of the Zanu (PF) conference in two weeks time is being tarred by Ministry of Construction workmen while the site's environs are being given a massive facelift.
Bulldozers have been tearing away the dusty

road that connects Juru Growth Point and Goromonzi High School where the ruling party’s annual conference will be held during the first week of December. Almost three quarters of the road’s stretch has been tarred, at a time government has in five years failed to develop even 10 kilometres of the dual carriage way supposed to connect Harare and Bulawayo.
Mobile phone operators Net*One and Econet have been given directives to ensure that the area around Goromonzi is well covered in terms of cellphone signals.
A repeater station aimed at boosting television reception is also being installed. The Zanu (PF) conference will be broadcast live, interrupting regular programming on the state television monopoly for five days. Previously, the Goromonzi area has been served with bad television reception.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority is currently installing a standby generator at the school and the power utility has been instructed to exempt the area from any kind of load shedding during the duration of the conference. Power outage schedules for all other areas remains unchanged.
A Zanu (PF) National Co-ordination Committee, headed by ruling party chairman John Nkomo, convened a meeting at the school last week and adopted a raft of resolutions to spruce up the school and its environs.
Since then nine hostels have been refurbished as well as the dining hall and the administration hall at the school.
A nearby clinic, Chinyika, is also being upgraded while water tanks in the area are being replaced and two boreholes being drilled at the school. The area has suffered critical water shortages and previous pleas to government to augment water supplies have been ignored.
Students have reported a high presence of security personnel including soldiers and plain-clothes secret police patrolling the school.
“It is intimidating,” said an Upper Sixth student. “They are disturbing us and this whole thing is affecting our exam schedules.”
At least 5,000 guests are expected to be feted during the annual feast where Zanu (PF) chefs and their political cronies will reaffirm their support for Mugabe.

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