Masvingo braces for mega rally

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ge­orge Maponga Masvingo Bu­reau

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the third leg of the na­tion­wide Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face Ral­lies were com­pleted here yes­ter­day, with ZANU-PF na­tional sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Kudzanai Chipanga say­ing ev­ery­thing was in place for what the Masvingo chap­ter has dubbed the “mother of all ral­lies’’.

The rally, to be ad­dressed by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, will be held at the Mucheke Sta­dium open arena un­der the theme: “Hon­our­ing Our Icon . . . Un­lock­ing the Value in Youths.”

Speak­ing dur­ing a prepara­tory meet­ing at­tended by mem­bers of the ZANU-PF Youth League na­tional ex­ec­u­tive and se­nior rul­ing party mem­bers led by Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Shu­vai Ma­hofa and Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Josaya Hungwe, Cde Chipanga said the prov­ince was ready to host Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Cde Chipanga ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the state of pre­pared­ness amid in­di­ca­tions that a record 50 000 peo­ple were ex­pected to at­tend.

“We are very much sat­is­fied with the way prepa­ra­tions for our rally have been go­ing on and we can de­clare the event a suc­cess. It is al­ready a suc­cess even if it is yet to be held be­cause of what we heard here con­cern­ing the state of af­fairs on the ground,” said Cde Chipanga.

He ex­plained the fea­tures on rul­ing party T-shirts to be is­sued at the venue that he said marked the of­fi­cial launch of a mas­sive cam­paign by the ZANU-PF Youth League to mo­bilise peo­ple es­pe­cially the youths to reg­is­ter to vote in next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

The T-Shirts will be em­bla­zoned with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s face at the front while car­ry­ing a mes­sage ex­hort­ing youths to vote at the back.

“The mes­sage on the T-shirts is two-fold; first we are en­cour­ag­ing the youths to reg­is­ter to vote and then se­condly, we urge them to go and vote for Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe dur­ing next year’s elec­tions,” added Cde Chipanga.

He thanked se­nior rul­ing party lead­ers in Masvingo led by polit­buro mem­bers Cde Hungwe and Sen Ma­hofa for the guid­ance they ex­tended to the ZANU-PFYouth League dur­ing prepa­ra­tions for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s rally in the prov­ince.

“We want to thank the se­nior party lead­er­ship here for com­ing to this meet­ing as well as for the guid­ance and

ad­vice they are giv­ing to us. They have wel­comed the Pres­i­dent many times be­fore us and know bet­ter.

“We thank them for the or­gan­i­sa­tional

and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port they are giv­ing us, even though the event is for the Youth League,” Cde Chipanga added. In his re­marks Cde Hungwe said to­mor­row’s rally was mainly a day for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

to in­ter­act with the youths in the prov­ince, say­ing the Head of State and Govern­ment was sup­posed to be ac­corded more time to talk to young peo­ple from Masvingo.

Sen Ma­hofa has al­ready urged

or­gan­is­ers of the rally to make sure the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple at the in­ter­face rally were young peo­ple as they rarely had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with their leader.

Af­ter the meet­ing Cde Chipanga

led se­nior rul­ing party of­fi­cials on a tour of the venue of the rally at the open arena out­side Mucheke Sta­dium, where of­fi­cials ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the state of pre­pared­ness.

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