The 312nd ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo went ahead at the party headquarters in Harare today with an appeal by the President and First Secretary of the party, Cde Robert Mugabe for farmers to start preparing adequately for the 2017-2018 agricultural season.

The Politburo session was held at a time when the nation is preparing for the farming season and the 2018 harmonised elections, while the ruling party is preparing for its annual national people’s conference.

Relevant authorities are busy mobilising inputs for the second year of the Command Agriculture Programme, while those responsible for the administration of elections are already on the ground.

Briefing journalists at the venue of the Politburo meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the Politburo heard reports from party’s Secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo, Secretary for External Relations Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Secretary for the Commissariat Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and the Secretary for Indigenisation, Dr Mike Bimha before an address by President Mugabe.

Cde Khaya Moyo told the media that Cde Mugabe encouraged farmers to be well prepared for the season, while Dr Chombo updated the meeting on preparation for the party’s 17th annual national peoples conference to be held in Gwanda in December.

He said Cde Kasukuwere presented the commissariat report saying a team of the party leadership has embarked on voter education in preparation for the 2018 elections.

Cde Khaya Moyo also confirmed that Dr Bimha spoke about economic matters while Dr Sydney Sekeramayi spoke about illegal mining by Zimbabweans in South Africa.

The recent South Africa – Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission came under discussion in Cde Mumbengegwi’s report.