PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, has arrived in Marondera, the capital of Mashonaland East Province, where he toured Proton Bakery.
Proton Bakeries reportedly sponsors Zanu-PF activities in the province as well as offering employment opportunities to some party youths.
Founded in 1961, Proton Bakery has of late launched a massive public relations campaign backed in part by its hugely successful expansion drive in the town and beyond as prices of bread have become viable for the first time in half a decade.
The growth in business for Proton has pushed up the demand for housing as the number of the company’s workers has grown to 3 000.
After a tour of Proton Bakery, the President left to officiate at the Mashonaland East Party Provincial Coordination Committee as his ruling Zanu-PF seeks to revamp structures ahead of the 2023 elections.
There are also two by-elections in Marondera coming up shortly after the recall of an MDC Alliance legislator as well as the death of a Zanu-PF MP this year.
Patrick Chidhakwa of Zanu-PF died leaving the Marondera East constituency up for grab. In early October, Caston Matewu of the MDC Alliance was recalled by MDC-T interim president Thokozani Khupe, leaving Marondera Central constituency up for grabs as well.
The President is accompanied by Vice President Chiwenga, several Cabinet Ministers, Politburo, Central Committee, National Consultative Assembly and Zanu-PF Party officials and members. – Zimbabwe Voice ■