Youth League makes its choice of­fi­cial

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - ZANU-PF YOUTH LEAGUE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY - Sun­day Mail Re­porter Brian Chitemba

THE Zanu-PF Youth League has for­mally en­dorsed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the party’s can­di­date for the 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

At the or­gan’s Na­tional Assem­bly meet­ing in Harare yes­ter­day, party Sec­re­tary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga said all 10 Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial youth struc­tures were be­hind the Pres­i­dent.

Cde Chipanga said: “Your Ex­cel­lency, all the youth lead­ers who are here have come from all the 10 prov­inces. We had our ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing yes­ter­day and agreed on many is­sues.

“We also made a de­ci­sion that while we re­spect our party lead­ers, there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween re­spect and sup­port. We are go­ing to re­spect lead­er­ship but when it comes to sup­port, we only sup­port you as our can­di­date for next year’s elec­tions.

“We sup­port Baba naMai Mu­gabe. You can­not sep­a­rate Baba Mu­gabe and Amai Mu­gabe. You can­not say you love Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe with­out say­ing you love Amai Mu­gabe.”

Pre­sent­ing a re­port on the state of the ZANU-PF will pur­chase ser­vice ve­hi­cles worth US$3,6 mil­lion for the youth and women’s leagues ahead of the 2018 har­monised elec­tions, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has said.

Speak­ing at the Zanu-PF Youth League Na­tional Assem­bly meet­ing in Harare yes­ter­day, the Pres­i­dent said the youth will get 50 ve­hi­cles in keep­ing with their ex­ec­u­tive’s ear­lier re­quest.

The cars will be de­liv­ered late Oc­to­ber or early Novem­ber.

‘‘It has been a long day for you,’’ Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said. ‘‘We met your ex­ec­u­tive for quite a long pe­riod.

‘‘Vanga vaine zvichemo. Chichemo chikuru change chiri chekuti tin­oda zvek­u­fam­bisa kuti tior­gan­ise ma elec­tions. ‘‘Yah, changa chiri chichemo. ‘‘Ah, zvino kana ndich­inzwa chimbo kuti mud­hara achauya, eh mud­hara auya zve­chok­wadi.’’ Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the party could pur­chase the cars via its in­vest­ment port­fo­lio, dis­clos­ing that he had dis­cussed the mat­ter with Vice-Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela party, Youth League Na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sar Cde In­no­cent Ha­man­dishe said: “The com­mit­tee sat down and agreed that for the post of Pres­i­dent, there shall be no other can­di­date be­sides you. There­fore, we want to make it clear that there should be no per­son who should even dream of be­ing First Sec­re­tary of the party be­cause that post is not va­cant.

“We will stand by you and deal with any­one who har­bours any in­ten­tion of chal­leng­ing your of­fice. Our po­si­tion as the Youth League is that there should be no im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates. In that re­gard, we do not want any MP to be im­posed. Ev­ery Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment should pre­pare to be chal­lenged.

“There are many youths in the party who are pre­pared to con­test in pri­mary elec­tions, and we want them to be given an equal chance as long as they meet the re­quire­ments stip­u­lated by the party.

“We want to go for the elec­tions with can­di­dates who are cho­sen by the peo­ple and also want to do away with prac­tices such as us­ing money to buy votes. The best can­di­dates should be al­lowed to con­test.”

Cde Ha­man­dishe said youths were tar­get­ing to de­liver at least 60 per­cent of the five mil­lion votes the party is eye­ing in next year’s polls.

“We have done our math­e­mat­ics as the Youth League and we are con­fi­dent that we will make up the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers the party is tar­get­ing. We know that we can make up at least 60 per­cent of the five mil­lion.”

Cde Ha­man­dishe also took a swipe at Cab­i­net min­is­ters who are re­luc­tant to sup­port young peo­ple, and sin­gled out ICT, Postal and Courier Ser­vices Min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira as be­ing “youth­friendly”.

On in­di­geni­sa­tion, Cde Chipanga also im­plored author­i­ties to look into the ced­ing of Bar­clays Bank Zim­babwe’s stake to for­eign­ers.

“We do not un­der­stand why Bar­clays Bank was sold to for­eign­ers when we have youths who are ca­pa­ble of be­ing in charge of the bank. We want to get to the bot­tom of the mat­ter and un­der­stand what hap­pened. Other banks are fully in­di­genised and we do not know why it’s dif­fer­ent with Bar­clays Bank.”

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