President Emmerson Mnangagwa took his green advocacy to Matabeleland South province, where he planted the tree of the year at the Zanu PF conference venue in Esigodini, symbolising the need for all to take up the tree planting initiative.

The President and Zanu PF First Secretary descended on the conference venue at Mzingwane High School, where his first pot of call was a tour of the exhibition by the Friends of Joshua Trust, whose focus was on the long walk to freedom by the nationalists.

Accompanied by the First Lady Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa, Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga and spouse Mrs Mary Chiwenga, President Mnangagwa then proceeded to plant the African ebony [Mushumha or Umdlawuzo] tree, which is the tree of the year.

Amai Mnangagwa, Cde Chiwenga, Zanu PF Chair Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and the party’s Secretary for Environment Cde Prisca Mupfumira also took turns to plant trees.

The President, who was presented with 300 trees to go and plant at home, then presented certificates to 200 Zanu PF youths who walked from Harare to Esigodini in support of the President’s programme of greening the environment where they planted over 30000 trees along the way.

Cde Mnangagwa was also briefed on the vision of the Zanu PF youths’ Croco Security Company, which is bidding for contracts to guard premises of parastatals and government facilities.

The President’s last stop before the official opening of the conference was the exhibition wing where a number of companies are showcasing.