ZANU PF Matabeleland North province is next week set to start following up on companies and urging them to pledge in cash or kind towards the party’s annual conference set for December this year.
BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
The party’s Matabeleland North provincial structures have been sending letters to various companies soliciting for donations, beginning last week.
On Saturday this week, the hosts of the annual conference will officially launch their fundraising drive at Elephant Hills Hotel, after which follow-ups on company pledges will begin.
Matabeleland North Zanu PF provincial chairperson Richard Moyo said the party was targeting to raise at least $100 000 towards the hosting of the conference.
“We have our fundraising dinner on Saturday that officially kick-starts the fund-raising drive in the province,” Moyo told Southern Eye in a telephone interview yesterday.
“We have a $50 000 target, but we want to raise at least $100 000 as the host province.
“We have sent letters to companies seeking donations and we will be making follow-ups on them from next week.”
Moyo said he was not yet sure as to how much had been raised by Matabeleland North because he had “not had a meeting with the treasury department of the province”.
The fundraising dinner will see tables ranging from $500 to $5 000, he said.
Zanu PF’s annual conference will be held between December 7 and 13, and party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has indicated that no posts would be up for grabs.
Reports suggest the party intends to spend about $3 million in feeding, transporting and accommodating delegates at the conference.
The on-going fundraising has been tough though owing to the harsh economic environment, a situation that has seen provincial structures being mandated to raise at least $50 000, down from the initial $100 000.
Zanu PF has a habit of turning to private companies and State entities to bankroll its events.