Youth rally livens up sleepy Masvingo

Zanu-PF car­ni­val ready to wel­come Pres­i­dent

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

THE stage is set for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s third Youth In­ter­face Rally which ex­plodes to life at Mucheke Sta­dium open arena here to­day, with a record 50 000 peo­ple ex­pected to at­tend.

It is Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s third leg of his na­tion­wide ral­lies for direct in­ter­ac­tion with the youths.

He has been to Mashona­land East and Man­i­ca­land prov­inces.

The rally, billed the “mother of ral­lies’’ be­cause of the an­tic­i­pated ca­pac­ity crowd, will be held un­der the theme, “Hon­our­ing Our Icon . . . Un­lock­ing the Value in Youths.”

A car­ni­val at­mos­phere started grip­ping Masvingo City yes­ter­day as youths from all the prov­ince’s seven ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­tricts started troop­ing in for the mega rally.

At the venue, work­men were putting final touches by early yes­ter­day morn­ing, with the stage set for the big day.

Youths re­splen­dent in T-shirts em­bla­zoned with the Pres­i­dent’s face, brought the city to a stand­still late in the af­ter­noon as they marched through the cen­tral busi­ness district to Mucheke on their way to the venue where they held a pa­rade be­fore dis­pers­ing.

Hun­dreds of on­look­ers lined the streets to watch a pro­ces­sion spiced up by drum ma­jorettes and mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army band.

Kom­bis and scores of ve­hi­cles hooted as the car­ni­val swept through the city en-route to

Mucheke.

Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial youth chair­man Cde Nobert Ndaarombe, who was lead­ing the car­ni­val, said the event was to con­sci­en­tise the peo­ple of Masvingo that the coun­try’s iconic leader was com­ing into town.

“We held this car­ni­val to raise aware­ness that to­mor­row (to­day), Masvingo youths and the rest of the peo­ple from this prov­ince will be honoured by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s visit to in­ter­act with youths. We want peo­ple to be in the mood to re­ceive our Pres­i­dent,’’ he said.

“As the Zanu-PF Youth League, we are very ex­cited with the en­thu­si­asm among youths from Masvingo to meet their Pres­i­dent. The youths who took part in this car­ni­val were drawn from the prov­ince’s seven dis­tricts,’’ he added.

Cde Ndaarombe said ev­ery­thing was in place for the mega rally. He said all lo­gis­ti­cal ar­range­ments were per­fectly in place and the stage set for the big day.

“Ev­ery­thing is in place in terms of lo­gis­tics. We ex­pect all the peo­ple, who will be trav­el­ling for the rally to be on the road be­gin­ning from around 5am and by 9am we hope that ev­ery­one will be at the venue ahead of the of­fi­cial start of pro­ceed­ings around 10am,’’ said Cde Ndaarombe.

The youths who ar­rived yes­ter­day were ac­com­mo­dated at lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges with Cde Ndaarombe ex­press­ing op­ti­mism that the venue would be filled to ca­pac­ity.

Zanu-PF Youth League sec­re­tary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga on Wed­nes­day met the rul­ing party lead­er­ship in Masvingo where he toured the venue of the rally be­fore ex­press­ing his de­light with the state of pre­pared­ness for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s Youth In­ter­face Rally.

Cde Chipanga thanked the rul­ing party lead­er­ship in the prov­ince led by Polit­buro mem­bers Cde Josaya Hungwe and Se­na­tor Shu­vai Ma­hofa, who is also pro­vin­cial af­fairs Min­is­ter, for work­ing hard to en­sure that the Masvingo leg of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s meet­ings with youths was a suc­cess.

He an­nounced that to­day’s rally would co­in­cide with the launch of a mas­sive voter mo­bil­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise to make sure more youths reg­is­ter to vote for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF in next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

The rally will also see con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cians, among them Zim dance­hall sen­sa­tions Soul Musaka aka Soul Jah Love, and Seh Calaz, per­form.

Youths in Masvingo are ex­pected to take ad­van­tage of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s rally to push for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in two ma­jor projects worth $1,33 bil­lion that were com­mis­sioned by the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe last month com­mis­sioned the $300 mil­lion Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Chivi and the nearly $1 bil­lion Beit­bridge-Harare du­al­i­sa­tion project, both ex­pected to cre­ate thou­sands of jobs.

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