Zanu-PF youths urged to use so­cial me­dia to de­fend party

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Oliver Kazunga Se­nior Re­porter In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

ZANU-PF po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere will soon visit Masvingo prov­ince to en­sure the smooth run­ning of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s 16th An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence to be hosted by the prov­ince in De­cem­ber.

The prov­ince, which suc­cess­fully hosted Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s 92nd birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Fe­bru­ary, last hosted the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s con­fer­ence in 2003 at Masvingo Teach­ers’ College.

The dates and venue for the con­fer­ence are yet to be an­nounced.

“I’ll soon be vis­it­ing Masvingo to cer­tify the venue for the 16th An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence,” Cde Ka­sukuwere said.

He said Zanu-PF na­tional sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Ignatius Chombo was in Masvingo re­cently to dis­cuss the prov­ince’s host­ing of the con­fer­ence.

Cde Ka­sukuwere said 10 sub-com­mit­tees to look into PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe has chal­lenged Zanu-PF youths to use in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies to de­fend and pro­mote the rul­ing party as well as for the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe told the Zanu-PF Youth League Na­tional As­sem­bly at the rul­ing party head­quar­ters in Harare on Satur­day that so­cial me­dia should not be used neg­a­tively to at­tack party ri­vals.

So­cial me­dia has been used pos­i­tively in other coun­tries to raise aware­ness of de­vel­op­ments at home among the di­as­pora as well as a medium to raise fund­ing for busi­nesses.

How­ever, regime change agents and ac­tivists have of late been us­ing so­cial me­dia to mo­bilise street protests in a bid to desta­bilise the Gov­ern­ment.

The or­gan­is­ers dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion through Twit­ter, Face­book and What­sapp mes­sag­ing plat­forms on how to evade se­cu­rity forces who try to dis­perse them.

Said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe: “In pro­mot­ing the party,

Ka­sukuwere to de­scend on Masvingo to mon­i­tor con­fer­ence preps

mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources for the con­fer­ence have been put in place. The 10 sub-com­mit­tees in­clude those on ad­min­is­tra­tion, se­cu­rity, entertainment, trans­port and lo­gis­tics.

Zanu-PF Masvingo act­ing pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Amasa Nhen­jana could not be reached for com­ment.

How­ever, all the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers were lead­ing com­mit­tees meant to mo­bilise re­sources with the pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for fi­nance Cde Killer Zivhu lead­ing fund-rais­ing ef­forts while sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion, Cde Ailes Baloyi was spear­head­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion work.

The pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Jappy Ja­boon is in charge of mo­bil­is­ing party mem­bers to sup­port the ex­ec­u­tive’s ef­forts in or­gan­is­ing the con­fer­ence.

Last year’s con­fer­ence was held in Victoria Falls, Mata­bele­land North prov­ince from De­cem­ber 7 to 13 un­der the theme, “Con­sol­i­dat­ing Peo­ple’s Power Through ZimAs­set”. — @okazunga our youths should use so­cial me­dia to de­fend the party and pro­mote the party and de­velop Zim­babwe through ICTs. You all have a role to play in pro­mot­ing our pro­duc­tion and Zim-As­set Brand Zim­babwe.

“Brand Zim­babwe, the im­age of Zim­babwe, a Zim­babwe that is demo­cratic, hard­work­ing and peace­ful. That’s the im­age, the brand of Zim­babwe you should project out­side. And also to de­fend it from its de­trac­tors. Our youths should learn from the youths in China, Cuba and Rus­sia that eco­nomic suc­cess sto­ries have re­sulted from proper and con­struc­tive use of ICT,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said quar­rels in the party should not be taken up on the In­ter­net. “All the dirty things we hear. Get off it. You should not be part of it, we should re­main clean, clean, clean,” he said.

He said he was happy that the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Postal and Courier Ser­vices, was draft­ing a law (Cy­ber Bill) to guide the proper use of so­cial me­dia.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the Youth League should not al­low any­body, in­clud­ing se­nior lead­ers of the party, to di­vide it.

He urged party cadres to unite the party as well as steer­ing away from fac­tional ten­den­cies.

“So these fac­tions, like I said, keep away from it. I’m pleased that the Her­bert Chitepo School of Ide­ol­ogy has be­gun its lec­tures that will equip our youths with ideas, that will make them un­der­stand the his­tory of the party and its ide­ol­ogy.”

“When ide­ol­ogy is in­stilled into our minds we will be toe­ing the party’s di­rec­tion and that is what we want to see.

“And also, we must re­ject cor­rup­tion. Then of course there will be that un­der­stand­ing in re­gard to the re­spect that is ac­corded to se­niors, even among your­selves, se­niors to you who are within the party and even se­niors out­side the party,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the Youth League was ZanuPF’s van­guard and had the man­date to fur­ther the in­ter­ests of the party as well as de­fend­ing the revo­lu­tion by en­gag­ing in mo­bil­i­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said he was happy that party youths man­aged to con­trol them­selves in the face of provo­ca­tion by the “so-called protesters who have gone about burn­ing and loot­ing prop­erty”.

There was traf­fic con­ges­tion at the 82km peg along Bu­l­awayo-Victoria Falls Road in In­suza af­ter the road was blocked by trucks which had col­lided and re­duced to ashes. On the other hand an Ex­tra City bus got stuck in sand on a tem­po­rary de­tour, wors­en­ing the sit­u­a­tion. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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