Give it up Ts­van­gi­rai: Pres­i­dent

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Chief Re­porter

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe has said op­po­si­tion MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai might as well quit now as he has no hope of over­com­ing a “mam­moth po­lit­i­cal party” like Zanu-PF in next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

Zanu-PF’s First Sec­re­tary made the re­marks at the Zanu PF Na­tional Youth League Assem­bly in Harare yes­ter­day.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was left trem­bling by the huge turnout at Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face Meet­ings or­gan­ised by Zanu-PF’s Youth League.

‘‘The ral­lies, ku­vamba nekuor­gan­iser kwa­makaita mhuri yose yeZim­babwe kuti vaite One Mil­lion Man March,’’ said the Pres­i­dent. ‘‘Vamwe vaiti hazvibudirire tichaona. ‘‘Even amongst us, some wanted it to fail.

‘‘But no. You were brave enough, you were coura­geous enough, you were hard­work­ing and in­dus­tri­ous enough.

‘‘You wanted it to suc­ceed and there it was! Shudhu, yak­abuda!

‘‘It made not just the op­po­si­tion trem­ble. Vakavamba vana Ts­van­gi­rai zvino kud­ed­era nekum­abvi uku, ndopak­abva pavamba pa­susukidza hur­were hwa­cho.

‘‘Aiwa tinoti kandai chip­fumo pasi ha­pana kwa­munosvika.

‘‘Zanu-PF is the mam­moth party of the coun­try. ‘‘Look at its his­tory; tak­abva kupi?’’ Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Zanu-PF would re­main un­match­able as its revo­lu­tion­ary pedi­gree was be­ing per­pet­u­ated through young peo­ple.

‘‘May­outh ava vana ve­marev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. Ihama dze­marev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies,” he said.

‘‘Kana ndi­chiti marev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies hand­i­reve - zvan­danga ndi­chi­taura uku - vak­a­bata pfuti chete, kana vak­a­bata map­fumo chete, vose nevaive kuno ku­musha vaienda ku­ma­jeri, vaibatwa vachi­iswa ku­ma­keep, vamwe vaisan­dudzirwa muma­pako, vaienda ku­made­ten­tions, vaienda kumapris­ons, vaib­viswa pahushe, vaib­viswa mu­misha vach­inzi ib­vai kuno endai munog­ara uko.’’

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe im­plored Zanu-PF youths to reg­is­ter to vote dur­ing the on­go­ing voter regis­tra­tion ex­er­cise which started last month and is set to in­ten­sify from Tues­day.

‘‘Dur­ing your pro­grammes, you must carry the mes­sage, en­cour­ag­ing the youth to get reg­is­tered as vot­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘Don’t for­get; that one is im­por­tant.

And please be versed with the newly-in­tro­duced Bio­met­ric Voter Regis­tra­tion pro­gramme. Ivai neruzivo rwe­mavhoterwo achaitwa this time matsva.

‘‘Ndiyo in­onzi Bio­met­ric Voter Regis­tra­tion pro­gramme.

‘‘With the sup­port of the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the Youth League, I am con­vinced that you will suc­cess­fully ful­fill your con­sti­tu­tional man­date of mo­bil­is­ing the youth to vote for the party.’’

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe show­ered praises on the party’s youths, say­ing the suc­cess of the Mil­lion-Man March and the In­ter­face Meet­ings had given the or­gan a firm pedestal from which to mo­bilise ahead of next year’s polls.

“Dear del­e­gates, we are meet­ing only a few months be­fore the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions and I am happy and grate­ful to note that the Youth League has al­ready com­menced pro­grammes meant to mo­bilise then youth for these elec­tions,” he said.

“I urge you to make use of your ex­pe­ri­ence gained dur­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face ral­lies and other pro­grammes such as this Na­tional Youth Assem­bly to ex­plain to the youth on de­vel­op­men­tal and em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes.”

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