The 309th ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo ended at the party headquarters late last night with positive reports of agricultural and mining performance to grow the economy.

Addressing journalists at the end of the Politburo meeting, which was held amid tight security where mobile phones were not allowed in the boardroom where the meeting was held, Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said despite major challenges of liquidity constraints and logistics for the movement of bulk mineral commodities, the mining sector remains the country’s economic mainstay.

This was contained in a report presented to the Politburo on the performance of gold, nickel, diamonds and platinum by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Walter Chidhakwa.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made reported on the impressive 2016-17 agricultural season, particularly maize, which registered a resound success, thanks to the Command Agriculture Programme and ZIMASSET.

It was also reported that plans are already underway to make the winter wheat production a success with where 65 000 hectares have already been planted.

Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzai Chipanga spoke about the resounding success of the Presidential Youth Interface held in Marondera and the forthcoming one in Mutare, saying other provinces will be announced in due course.

Secretary for the Commissariat, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere went ahead with presenting his report on the state of the party.

Asked about the fate of Cde Kasukuwere following the protests against him, Cde Khaya Moyo said the issue was not discussed.

He also did not reveal the findings of the Advocate Jacob Mudenda’s inquiry into the allegations against Kasukuwere.

The meeting began with a photo shoot of the Zanu PF First Secretary and President, Cde Robert Mugabe, the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and other members of the Politburo.