Youths ready to deal with vi­o­lent pro­tes­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Reporter

NA­TIONAL Youth Ser­vice (NYS) grad­u­ates are geared to re­spond to the ac­tiv­i­ties of op­po­si­tion pro­tes­tors who have been caus­ing com­mo­tion in the ma­jor cities of the coun­try.

Shad­owy groups and agents of il­le­gal regime change seek­ing to cause an­ar­chy and desta­bil­i­sa­tion in the coun­try have been call­ing on Zim­bab­weans to par­tic­i­pate in the il­le­gal so called shut­downs and demon­stra­tions.

Zanu-PF Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Cde Ku­dak­washe Ndavara said the shad­owy groups have been send­ing un­so­licited text mes­sages, e-mails and post­ing sub­ver­sive mes­sages on so­cial net­work­ing sites such as Face­book and What­sApp in the hope of get­ting Zim­bab­wean cit­i­zens to en­gage in demon­stra­tions.

“We have geared up and are fully pre­pared to deal with those pro­tes­tors who are up to de­stroy­ing our coun­try. We voted for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in 2013 and no out­sider has power to re­move him at any time be­fore we hold our next elec­tion in 2018. We won’t watch while these Amer­i­can driven groups van­dalise our coun­try.

“We are fully aware that some neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are busy spon­sor­ing and train­ing our youths to come and fight our Pres­i­dent. How­ever, we have a database of the cul­prits be­ing trained, their names and the num­bers of those who have been trained so far,” said Cde Ndavara.

Cde Ndavara said they have iden­ti­fied most of those re­cruited peo­ple as de­sert­ers from the po­lice force and army, who he said are train­ing in some neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. “Youths are be­ing spon­sored by op­po­si­tion par­ties to en­gage in the non­sen­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties which have re­cently been go­ing on. It is fool­ish of a Zim­bab­wean to be greedy so as to be paid by a for­eigner to van­dalise and de­stroy their own home (s). Is a pay­ment of $5 worth it? Fur­ther­more, the un­for­tu­nate ones were sen­tenced and will be in pri­son for more than six months. I say to youths let’s be re­al­is­tic and think out­side the box. The vi­o­lence and the shut­downs are just a draw­back to us,” he said.

Mata­bele­land North Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Com­man­der, Matthew Mleya, who is also Hwange Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil chair­per­son, said the de­ci­sion by the youths to stand up and fight for their coun­try was reached last week. “We have de­ployed youths all over the coun­try and have read­ied them to deal with any sus­pi­cious per­sons with in­ten­tions to van­dalise prop­er­ties dur­ing demon­stra­tions. Last Fri­day, dressed in our com­plete uni­forms, we strolled around Harare CBD, ob­serv­ing what was tak­ing place, as well as to re­mind the pro­test­ers that we still ex­ist and won’t watch our coun­try be­ing re­duced to ashes by lit­tle-minded fel­lows,” he said.

Two weeks ago, MDC-T linked groups en­gaged in vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions that re­sulted in de­struc­tion of prop­erty in Harare. Two ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to the Zim­babwe Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and the po­lice were burnt dur­ing the protests. The pro­test­ers also de­stroyed shops and looted goods worth thou­sands of dol­lars.

“There are some peo­ple who suc­ceed un­der strong lead­er­ship but can’t them­selves be lead­ers or pro­vide al­ter­na­tive lead­er­ship. Mu­juru is one of those. It’s not sur­pris­ing that she is now try­ing to seek cover un­der Ts­van­gi­rai. It’s be­cause she re­alises on her own that it will be a hard sell, it will be very dif­fi­cult,” said Prof Moyo.

Dr Mu­juru has no men­tal char­ac­ter to lead, he said, at­tribut­ing her suc­cesses in Zanu-PF to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“But un­der Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe she did project her­self well. Be­cause strong lead­er­ship does pro­vide use­ful cover,” he said.

He said if she had de­layed her en­try into op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics un­til a few months be­fore the 2018 elec­tions, Zanu-PF could have found it­self witch­hunt­ing for her sym­pa­this­ers within the party in lim­ited time.

“If they would have come out three months or six months to­wards the next elec­tion we would have had a very tough cus­tomer to deal with. It would have pro­longed witch hunt­ing, and sus­pi­cions,” he said.

Prof Moyo also slammed in­di­vid­u­als, like for­mer Zanu-PF ac­tivist Wil­liam Ger­ald Mu­tu­manje for their ten­dency of den­i­grat­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe say­ing their ac­tions were a threat to the coun­try’s foun­da­tional legacy.

“This stuff of de­mon­is­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in the man­ner that some peo­ple are do­ing, is un­ac­cept­able be­cause it is an at­tack on the foun­da­tional legacy of the coun­try....Foun­da­tion of a na­tion is a his­toric fact. And it’s a his­toric fact that has its sym­bol­ism and when you de­nounce and dis­con­nect with all your found­ing lead­ers you cre­ate a frag­ile repub­lic which is al­ways start­ing and start­ing.” — @nqot­shili

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