Zimbabwe International Trade Fair’s Hall Five resembled Zanu PF headquarters during the duration of the fair which ended at the weekend as the venue was mainly showcasing the ruling party’s activities.
Zanu PF booked the entire hall and showcased various activities and party regalia including branded T-shirts, caps and shirts. Party officials were also issuing membership cards to new and old members.
“We have been busy since Tuesday issuing membership cards to people. A lot of people have also been coming to buy regalia. This year’s trade fair has been a good campaign platform considering that we are going towards elections,” said a party official who refused to be named.
“Home of Zanu PF, Re –Engage, Re-Build, Industrialise in Unity,” these are the words boldly written on the hall’s entrance advertising the party’s work.
Aspiring parliamentary candidates were also show casing at the fair. Former war Veterans minister, Tshinga Dube was showcasing projects in his Makokoba constituency.
Zanu PF started showcasing at the country’s trade flagship in 2015.
Writing on his Facebook wall, former Education minister David Coltart criticised the organisers of the event for allowing political parties to exhibit at the trade extravaganza.
ZITF chairperson, Ruth Ncube, however, defended Zanu PF’s showcasing at the Trade fair.
“Of course this is a trade fair but we also allow other organisations including political parties to exhibit,” she said when asked to comment by New Zimbabwe.
This year’s trade showcase ran under the theme ‘Sustainable Industrial Development –Inclusive, Competitive and Collaborative’.
The fair was officially opened by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday.