The Matabeleland South Provincial Development Committee (PDC) met in Gwanda this Wednesday to assess preparations ahead of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to Gwanda this Friday.

President Mnangagwa is expected to handover heifers and cows sourced under the Command Livestock Programme to farmers at the Gwanda show grounds, before addressing a rally at Phelandaba Stadium in the provincial capital.

Speaking on the sidelines of the PDC meeting, Matabeleland South Minister of State, Cde Abednico Ncube said preparations are at an advanced stage with all the seven administrative districts working around the clock to ensure that all the requisite resources are mobilised.

“We are very excited as Matabeleland South to host the Head of State and Government in Gwanda this Friday. We expect President Mnagagwa to address party supporters as we head for elections, as well as to hand over livestock to beneficiaries of the Command Livestock Programme,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa’s visit has also aroused a lot of interest among local citizens who want to meet their President, according to Zanu PF Matabeleland South Provincial Chairperson, Cde Rabelani Choene.

“Like any other province, we will live to expectations, Phelandaba Stadium will definitely be filled to capacity as many people are excited to see the President and hear what he has to say. We expect no less than 30 000 people to attend this event,” he said.

The PDC said the coming of President Mnangagwa to Matabeleland South Province will afford the local leadership an opportunity to lobby for the resuscitation of the Zimcan beef processing and canning factory, development and expansion of irrigation schemes to boost food production, and improvement of major roads.