Sundrive Leadership Summit postponed over ED visit


BEITBRIDGE – The Sundrive Coalition-organised Leadership Summit that was due to take place in Beitbridge on August 27, 2022 is likely to be postponed after a Police request for its cancellation due to the visit by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the border town during the same date.
Mnangagwa will be in the border town to officially open the US$300 million modernised border on August 31.
Sundrive Coalition Director Innocent Chenjerai confirmed the matter to Two Nations but expressed concern on the disruptive effect of the said cancellation.
He said that his organisation is going to suffer a lot of losses as result and some prominent speakers who were coming for the event have since cancelled their attendance if the event is postponed.
“Preparations were at an advanced stage and I have just received a letter from Police requesting that I postpone the summit and hold it after the official opening of the border which will take place on Wednesday next week.
“This will cause immense setbacks. Financially, I am counting loses because I printed out a lot of materials for the day including posters, t-shirts among others. Some speakers are no longer coming on the postponed date which we are yet to set, they had cancelled their other businesses for our summit,” said Chenjerai.
Norton MP Temba Mliswa was supposed to be the main speaker at the inaugural one-day Sundrive Leadership Summit that was to be held at Purple Hearts Hall.
“Kindly be advised that the district will be hosting a national event – the official opening of Beitbridge Border Post on 31 August 2022. It is against this background that we kindly request that you hold your summit after the said event,” reads the letter from the district Police.

Efforts to get a comment from the Police were fruitless.

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