Live updates by: Judith Makwanya and Wadzanai Mhombera
1300: Amai also took a swipe at those who have no respect for seniors in the party who are swaying other cadres using money from their foreign bases. End of updates
1255: She strongly urged women to desist from factionalism and stick to the party principle of one centre of power.
1239: Using the biblical story of Adonija who organised a feast to crown himself because his father the king was sick, Amai said the President has the right to be involved in naming his successor, saying the President’s word is final.
1225: The First Lady said there is nothing wrong with Cde Mugabe naming his successor saying the move will enable all members to rally behind one candidate.
1223: The First Lady and Zanu PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs has challenged the President to name his successor saying this has been the trend in other countries.
1220: Amai highlighted the several projects that the Women’s League has been working on that included the rehabilitation of the Mbuya Nehanda Training Centre in Melfort that has been renovated into a skills training institution for entrepreneurial projects, the Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme in Binga, the Marlborough House which is being rented out after renovation, chicks programme, Hippo Valley sugar cane project and provincial women’s league farms, all of which are aimed at income generating.
1218: Amai Dr Grace Mugabe, Zanu PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs takes to the podium
1215: Cde Kasinamunda expressed gratitude to Amai for Command Agriculture and requested that the First Lady conducts interface rallies in the provinces to meet the women.
1214: Speaking on behalf of the Women’s League Cde Joyce Kasinamunda declared President Mugabe their presidential candidate for 2018 and that the First Lady should also remain secretary for the Women’s League.
1210: Cde Sydney Sekeramayi is also in attendance
1159: Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanai Chipanga, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe and Cde Kembo Mohadi are also present in solidarity with the Women’s League.
1155: On entering the packed hall, the First Couple was greeted with the singing of “happy birthday Amai (Dr Mugabe) who turned 52 on July 23.
1141: The meeting is being graced by the President and First Secretary of the ruling party, Cde Robert Mugabe, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, National Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, Secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo and Secretary for Women’s Affairs Amai Dr Grace Mugabe as well as some politburo and central committee members.
1140: Proceedings of the National Assembly meeting kicked off at exactly 11:20 with the arrival at the party headquarters of the President Cde Robert Mugabe who was immediately escorted into the conference hall where the various provinces of the Women’s League were already gathered.
1139: The Zanu PF Women’s League National Assembly meeting is underway at the party headquarters in Harare this Thursday.