Na­tional assem­bly meet­ing for Zanu-PF youth league

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

THE Zanu-PF Youth League is meet­ing to­day in Harare to dis­cuss the state of the party and the coun­try’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

The meet­ing is in ful­fil­ment of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion that re­quires the youth wing to meet at least twice a year and would be ad­dressed by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity as the party’s First Sec­re­tary and Pres­i­dent.

Zanu-PF deputy sec­re­tary for youth af­fairs Cde Kudzai Chipanga yes­ter­day con­firmed the meet­ing.

He said del­e­gates to the meet­ing were mem­bers serv­ing at pro­vin­cial and na­tional lev­els of the party’s youth wing.

“We are go­ing to dis­cuss sev­eral is­sues and among them the state of the party, is­sues to do with dis­ci­pline, so­cial is­sues and the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the party and the coun­try,” he said.

“This is our first na­tional assem­bly meet­ing for this year and we hope to have an­other one be­fore the end of the year. This par­tic­u­lar meet­ing was sched­uled for the month end of Au­gust but we had to post­pone it due to other com­mit­ments.”

On the women quota in the pre­sid­ium, Cde Chipanga said: “We have not de­lib­er­ated on that mat­ter as the Youth League. Pos­si­bly, there might be in­di­vid­ual mem­bers in the league who may have their per­sonal views in that re­gard but as the Youth League, we have not dis­cussed it and it is not on our agenda.

“That is­sue was raised by the Women’s League dur­ing the Vic­to­ria Falls con­fer­ence.”

Cde Chipanga said all was in place for the high pro­file meet­ing that would de­fine the di­rec­tion of the party’s youth wing.

The Youth and Women’s Leagues are crit­i­cal arms of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

Zanu-PF has come up with a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to em­power the youths. The party, through the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, has al­lo­cated res­i­den­tial stands to young peo­ple in var­i­ous towns.

So far youths in Harare, Bu­l­awayo and Masvingo have al­ready ben­e­fited from the res­i­den­tial stands and plans are afoot to ex­pand the pro­gramme to other ci­ties and towns.

The party is also mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to en­sure that the youths are in­cor­po­rated into na­tional projects such as road con­struc­tion.

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