Pres­i­dent to meet Zanu-PF youths

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Zva­maida Mur­wira Harare Bureau

ZANU-PF First Sec­re­tary and party leader Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is set to visit prov­inces next month to have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the chal­lenges fac­ing youths, as he seeks to in­ter­face with young peo­ple across the coun­try.

The first meet­ing has been ear­marked for Mashona­land East prov­ince.

The en­gage­ments are ex­pected to run un­til Oc­to­ber this year as the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s youth wing height­ens prepa­ra­tions for the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions.

Zanu-PF Youth League Sec­re­tary and Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga con­firmed the meet­ings, say­ing prepa­ra­tions were at an ad­vanced stage.

“The ob­jec­tive of the meet­ings is in line with our party’s con­sti­tu­tion where we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to mo­bilise youths to par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of the coun­try,” said Cde Chipanga.

He said so­cially, the Youth League would be pro­mot­ing young artists, while eco­nom­i­cally, they were ad­vo­cat­ing for young peo­ple to have ac­cess to land, ac­cess to agri­cul­tural in­puts and par­tic­i­pate in min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Po­lit­i­cally, that is where this pro­gramme falls, where we are say­ing one can­not talk of pol­i­tics with­out the Pres­i­dent and Zanu-PF,” said Cde Chipanga. “Zanu-PF is the game in town. We want our youths to in­ter­face with the Pres­i­dent, the only cen­tre of power as in line with the 2014 party congress res­o­lu­tion.

“He is our can­di­date for 2018 gen­eral elec­tions and as the Youth League, we have been clear and con­sis­tent that we want him to be Life Pres­i­dent.”

Cde Chipanga said the meet­ings came af­ter a re­al­i­sa­tion that most youths failed to meet with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe dur­ing the One Mil­lion Men March or­gan­ised by the Youth League ow­ing to the long dis­tance as the event was held in the cap­i­tal.

“So, we are cre­at­ing a po­lit­i­cal plat­form where our youths are able to meet with their icon,” said Cde Chipanga.

As a fore­run­ner to the meet­ings by the Pres­i­dent, said Cde Chipanga, the Youth League’s na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Cde In­no­cent Ha­man­dishe, had been vis­it­ing prov­inces to in­form their struc­tures of the pend­ing visit.

“He has vis­ited sev­eral prov­inces and he is left with a few,” said Cde Chipanga. “Af­ter that I will be go­ing around as well, start­ing with Mashona­land East where we will have in­ter­dis­trict meet­ings and I will be an­nounc­ing the dates on which the Pres­i­dent would be vis­it­ing the prov­ince.”

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