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