Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s Full Speech

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s ad­dress at the Zanu-PF Youth League Na­tional Assem­bly at the rul­ing party’s head­quar­ters in Harare yes­ter­day.

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T*** HANK you, thanks, thanks for your hav­ing in­vited me and Mai to be with you to­day. Tam­boku­rukura ne ex­ec­u­tive yenyu, tanzwa zvichemo, asi isuwo vatipa chin­hambo chekuku­tendai, which I must re­peat here, our deep, very deep thanks for all you have done.

The ral­lies, ku­vamba nekuor­gan­iser kwa­makaita mhuri yose yeZim­babwe kuti vaite One Mil­lion Man March. Vamwe vaiti hazvibudirire tichaona (Ap­plause).

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 vanaTs­van­gi­rai 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? May­outh ava vana ve­marev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. Ihama dze­marev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies.

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.

Asi vak­a­batana va­chiti hongu avo vanemap­fumo vana vedu.

Zvavari kur­wisa ndoz­vatiri kur­wi­sawo kuno. Tin­oda nyika yedu. We want our land back. We want our nat­u­ral re­sources back. Goridhe redu, ndarama yedu, chrome yedu, michero yedu izere mu­sango tinozvida.

Michero yedu izere mu­sango tinoida. Tak­a­batana we are one.

That's what I was telling Trump kuti isu, you must learn to talk our lan­guage. It's the lan­guage of unity, it's the lan­guage of peace, the lan­guage of di­a­logue, the lan­guage of co­op­er­a­tion and the lan­guage of to­geth­er­ness.

That's how I put it. Ndozvi­nosimudzira ku­batana. The na­tions of the world must learn from us in South­ern Africa, I said, but kana waaku­taura zvechid­hi­moni izvo, kuti vamwe ndi­no­vatsvaira muno mun­yika, aiwa we will not ac­cept it.

We have been there be­fore; vana Smith, vea­partheid South Africa, ma Por­tuguese in Mozam­bique and An­gola, the French in Al­ge­ria, they tried it, tried to pos­sess, tried to own our land and Africans said no we will die.

If die we must and get our land back, and sure we suf­fered; sure they suf­fered in Al­ge­ria, in Fran­co­phone Africa, in what was Por­tuguese Africa, we and the Bri­tish set­tler colony of Rhode­sia, Zam­bia, Malawi. Apartheid in South Africa . . .

All these evils have gone and Africa is in our hands, your hands, your hands, I say, and your hands must be the hands to unite, the hands to dis­cuss peace.

We are all chil­dren of Zim­babwe, your hands to want to di­a­logue, minds and hearts to want a to­geth­er­ness, co-op­er­a­tion of us all.

That is what we ex­pect our youths to in­herit from us as the leg­end of the strug­gle of Zim­babwe. So, I say to you well done. It was not just that One Mil­lion Man March.

You came back and said you wanted now ral­lies, prov­ince by prov­ince, to enable the peo­ple to have com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the leader. I thank you. And all the ral­lies you held in the eight prov­inces, ru­ral prov­inces, were mam­moth ones.

Yes, some were slightly larger than oth­ers, but all akavhun­dut­sira vanhu. Kana kunze kwenyika vakavhun­duka; vaye vasin­gatide. So, you have man­aged to make Zim­babwe widely known. So, mbiri yaVaMu­gabe kunze kwenyika, im­biri in­obva kwa­muri, im­biri yenyu.

And I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you. But I say if there are prob­lems, let's dis­cuss them, and dis­cuss them not for the ben­e­fit of News­day or Daily News or the out­side world kuti vawane zveku­taura about our­selves or be­cause iwe un­ekanyaya, un­oda kun­yadzisa vaun­ga­funge kuti ava ndovandi­nosun­girwa kun­yadzisa.

Ko uka­vanyadzisa to­day, ivo van­oda kukun­yadzi­sawo mang­wana. And you should learn pol­i­tics, good pol­i­tics and kuno ku­mu­sorowo we should give that les­son, that our dif­fer­ences are dis­cussed in-house.

They are ours; they don't be­long to the out­side and ku­tukana kunze it's a shame, a shame even to our leg­ends nekuti our party was not built on that ba­sis.

It's a party ine dis­ci­pline, a party which has learnt that if we are di­vided then we be­come the food of vul­tures out­side. The en­e­mies will thrive and feed on us. No we should never do that! It doesn't mat­ter how of­fended you feel. Bring your mat­ter here, your of­fence here, we will dis­cuss it. And we find a so­lu­tion within the party. That's it.

It has been a long day for you. 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.

Vandi­udza kuti tin­oda mota dzema ex­ec­u­tive 40 nen­hengo dze lead­er­ship to make them 50. Rudzi rwa­cho vandi­udza VaChombo.

Mai Mu­gabe vabva vati ne­suwo ku­madz­i­mai. Zvikanzi pamwe chete dzichadarika about US$3 mil­lion plus five, US$3,5 mil­lion or there­about, or US$3,6 mil­lion. Tikati aiwa, tichan­o­tarisa dura. I think tatarisana nema Vice-Pres­i­dents na Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion kuti kuya kwatakad­yara mbeu dza­k­abereka here?

Ini ndinopota ndichisora, (ku­sora munokuziva?) kudon­gor­era kuti ah tasvika papi patakaedza kuchenget­edza patakanga ti­inapo?

Ah ndi­no­funga tinok­wanisa, and tinenge tichida kuti tiku­ru­midze nekuti ma­elec­tions aaku­zosvika. Saka tinoti voti­hod­her­awo kwete kuti tibirwe nevaya van­oti tinokuhod­herai ivo vo­zoisa imwe mari pa­mu­soro.

Aiwa, let us try to min­imise ma ex­penses acho and try to im­port the cars, if we are im­port­ing from South Africa, where the com­pa­nies here or­der from, let's do it now. If we are to get them from any other source out­side, let's do it now now now.

And we want to see the cars here end of Oc­to­ber or slightly to­wards the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber so that the youths are em­pow­ered again to un­der­take the or­gan­i­sa­tional process of go­ing around the coun­try, go­ing from house to house, from dis­trict to dis­trict, branch to branch.

But we must also look at our­selves and say to our­selves well, have we, all of us, co-op­er­ated to­gether or are there some amongst us who, although they were given po­si­tions and although they are good mem­bers of the party but have not done well and also in Gov­ern­ment per se; although we ap­pointed peo­ple to cer­tain po­si­tions, did they live up to the call­ing of those po­si­tions?

Tino­tarisa ku­party zvimwe chetezvo, to­tarisa kuhu­ru­mende zvimwe chetezvo and next week, there might be some changes in Gov­ern­ment.

Right, I don't want peo­ple to run away and start . . . but I must also do my own re­view yekuti who have not pulled up or lived up to ex­pec­ta­tion muhu­ru­mende and ton­go­ramba takadaro here kana kuti anosudu­rutswa, dz­imwe nguva kubva adon­hedzwa?

So, that ex­er­cise I will be do­ing, and early next week, you will get the re­sults.

But it is in­deed with great hon­our and hu­mil­ity that once again I have the priv­i­lege to ad­dress mem­bers of the Zanu-PF Youth League Ma­tional Assem­bly meet­ing, or­gan of our revo­lu­tion­ary party, Zanu-PF.

This event is very im­por­tant as it seeks to eval­u­ate the progress ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the in­ter­ven­ing pe­riod and map the way for­ward as we move into the fu­ture.

Above all, the meet­ing pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for our youth to in­ter­act and ex­change ideas for the de­vel­op­ment of the party.

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 the youth for these elec­tions.

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

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

The youth, be­ing the van­guard of our rev­o­lu­tion at all lev­els, kub­vira padis­trict, kub­vira branch, kwese, at all lev­els of so­ci­ety need to be sup­ported in all their en­deav­ours.

I have al­ready talked of the sup­port we are go­ing to give you. You can only be sup­ported un­con­di­tion­ally if and only you are able to ex­hibit a high level of dis­ci­pline, dis­ci­pline, dis­ci­pline.

The lead­er­ship ex­pects you, we ex­pect you, our youth, to be well-dis­ci­plined, as I said.

It is on this note that I en­cour­age the young ones to de­sist from drugs.

Uchikura un­om­boti aah re­gai ndi­ravire izvi zvirikun­wi­wawo nevamwe, wobva waenda, pfungwa dzobva dza­torwa. So, avoid these drugs and al­co­holic sub­stances. Keep away from im­moral­ity.

Vana vekun­go­rasa kwese kwese, kwete. Kwete, kwete! Zim­babwe in­oda vana vanet­sanouya — baba namai.

Zvekuhura kare kare vaid­hi­s­paizwa vakadaro,vach­inzi ah this one is born ruk­isheni, born ruk­isheni. Ndoz­vavaitwa kana va­sisina van­goz­varwa nep­fambi ku­nanaBu­l­awayo kuya, Gweru, Harare, Mutare.

Eh, nyanzvi, nyanzvi dzekuda wese wese akanaka pameso naye naye.

Chir­were ichi tina­cho kub­vira ku­mu­soro, han­d­i­vaudze zvangu. Asi tino­vaziva. Zva­totipa mazita akashata ku­mu­soro ikoko. Ukaenda ukanzi uyu mwana wake, uyu mwana wake. Mwana? Aah?

Hongu tine tsika, we have a cus­tom. Vamwe want more than one wife, it's prop­erly done. You pay lobola, dowry, first wife, sec­ond wife vanog­ara pa­musha.

But iwe un­enge uchig­ona ku­vachengeta here?

And ipapo pane kakur­wisanawo kuti uti vakadzi vaviri dananai sekuda kwandi­nokuitai. Ha­meno kana muchizvig­ona.

Ini baba vaka­zo­tora mudz­i­mai wepiri vaenda kuBu­l­awayo, but, for­tu­nately, vana mai vangu vana Madyi­ra­panze, VaGumbo — baba vashaya — zvakanzi namai zvino vana ava vachachengeteka here, vachaen­dawo here kuchikoro zvavari ku­gara kwaZvimba kure nek­waKu­tama, vana ve­mu­rume wangu?

Vakati chi­va­tora mu­gare pamwe chete. Ndoz­vakaita mai.

Zvino I do not know how many can do that. Asi vaka­zoenda kuchikoro, vamwe vakaenda ku­mau­ni­ver­sity. Umwe ane doc­tor­ate, muko­mana is an ar­chi­tect.

Vamwe vemba huru sez­va­munoziva vanaSabina naBrid­gette vakashaya. Kwasara ini, asi we were one nekuti mai vakanga vati ndin­oda kuti mu­gare pamwe chete, han­d­idi kun­zwa ku­tukana and we obeyed.

Ha­meno kana vese vachik­wanisa ku­daro; vamwe van­otoita zvib­hak­era, vamwe van­oto­bayana nemap­fumo.

Mombe dza­kasi­iwa; ndini mukuru pano.

Vamwe even go to the ex­tent yekuti baba vasi­ira nhaka vati iwe ndiwe mukuru wochengeta mai pano papu­razi kuno kwaMusen­gezi.

Mwana, chauya chauya, amai ib­vai pano. Ndakutengesa pu­razi ran­dakasi­irwa nababa iri. Amai vako? Amai vako?

Amai vako iwe? Vakakuchengeta nine months pa­mu­viri? Wavaku­vatanda kuti utengese pu­razi ugowana ka­mari?

Don't do that! Never do that! Your mother is the most sa­cred per­son.

Just imag­ine nine months, I say, but it's much more than that. Vanozokuita suckle, vachikukudza dakara wakug­ona ku­famba, dakara waakumhanya.

Zvino ndoita sei mwana wangu ava ne­makore mana, gore ri­nouya ndo­mutsva­gira nzvimbo yechikoro. Van­o­tam­bura vana mai. So, our moth­ers are sa­cred, the more sa­cred par­ents than our fa­thers nekuti ku­tam­budzika kwa­vanoita even dur­ing the drought, ndimi ana mai . . . zvino ndosona chii? Ndoita chii? Ndotengesa chii? Tuhuku twangu twati twakandira mazai here? Ndi­vana mai ivavo. Kuri kudiwa uni­form kuchikoro, ndi­vana mai van­o­tam­bura. Moth­ers are very pre­cious to us.

Any­way, tin­oda kuti tin­gouch­idzana chete. And so when I hear kuti ah Pres­i­dent, zvimwe munon­go­taura hazvi­ta­m­birwe. Mamin­is­ter enyu aah vanoram­bana.

Mukadzi wandaive aiwa naye nda­zomuona amire nechimwe chikomba and so on. Madz­i­maiwo kana achi­itawo zvakadaro. Tinoti pane nyaya.

Asi kazhinji it is an ex­cuse for the man to get an­other wife. Then njere id­zodzo dzi­no­vapo. Any­way, ndati mauya ya­van­guva.

I, there­fore, would like to com­mend the Min­istry of Youth, In­di­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment, fi­nally, for launch­ing the Zim­babwe Cham­pi­ons and He­roes of the Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment Rev­o­lu­tion and Em­pow­er­ment Bank.

Makaita launch yebank nana Mai Mu­gabe a day ago. Mako­rokoto. I en­cour­age you to make good use of the US$10 mil­lion do­nated to enable you to start it, to gen­er­ate use­ful projects. Fur­ther­more, I en­cour­age you to work with rel­e­vant Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to make sure that the youths are fully eco­nom­i­cally em­pow­ered.

I have learnt with a heavy heart that some Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments are ex­hibit­ing lethargy in im­ple­ment­ing youth de­vel­op­men­tal projects, vane basa rekuku­bat­sirai vasin­gade, vachi­daku­ramba, kana vachin­gopa mar­ea­sons asin­gaite, ekuti zv­inhu zvi­nonoke chete, tiudzei nekukasira.

Mai Hanyani tichibu­ruka kubva kuSouth Africa, marimwezuro ayo, vakachema va­chiti Harare yan­gova tsv­ina yoga. Kana mas­treet aya kapi­hwa mazita ekuti vanaNy­erere, vana Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe, van­otengesa vaye vanouya husiku kuti varege kuonekwa. Toita sei? Tatadza ku­va­sunga. Tikaedza vakuru veparty van­oti aiwa rega ku­daro waakuda ku­tiruzisa ma­elec­tion. Zvino ton­go­b­ata veop­po­si­tion chete, ndi­vovo­tomisa here?

Ndikati ini saka une hurongwa hupi? Zvikanzi tan­gati­chiti ticha­vatsva­gira nzvimbo kuMof­fat votenge­sera vari ikoko. Chok­wadi migwagwa haichaita. Ndikati aah okay, ndichan­o­taura na Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, VaKa­sukuwere. Saka nezuro ndaitaura na VaChombo ndi­chiti ko, tingab­vume here kuti migwagwa yedu yovandiyo zvi­toro munotenge­serwa zv­inhu, ko ku­sanopa vanhu kuti imi munotenge­sera apa?

Asi migwagwa must be left free for the cars to run.

Ha­mudi? Hanzi vakati isu tin­oda kunotengesa pese pese. Aiwa in­dis­ci­pline iyo hati­ide! Pasi nayo, pasi nayo.

Ti­bat­sirei, we must clear the roads. Vanhu kana vaziva kuti uku ndiko kunotenge­serwa va­noenda ikoko.

We do not want to see Nige­rian-style of . . . Ndi­nonzwa kuti ivo vandiri ku­taura ivavo va­tozara mu­town. Ah, hona tsv­ina dzoga dzoga. Ngatiregerei ku­daro town yedu. Harare must be the smartest of all towns be­cause it's our cap­i­tal city.

Any­way tino­tenda, taita mu­sangano wakaisvon­aka. Taku­gari­sai kwen­guva ndefu. But I want to once again say well done, we are proud of you. We are very proud of you. Tino­tenda vey­outh fes­ti­val vakauya ku­zondikoko kuti tiende kuRus­sia. Ndovamwe vedu, vazhinji va­cho vak­abva; those who gave us greeet­ings are the few who re­main be­hind.

We are to­gether with them. Our strug­gle is their strug­gle, es­pe­cially in re­gards to coun­tries like Namibia be­cause we did as­sist them inas­much as we were also as­sisted by Zam­bia, Tan­za­nia and other coun­tries. So, in Sadc, we know how to fight im­pe­ri­al­ism.

Saka, ndi­no­fara nekukokwa kwan­dakaitwa.

But it is be­cause of you, the sup­port you give me. You be­cause you don't fail me, you don't fail the party; that you are united with the lead­er­ship, that you re­gard the party now as your in­stru­ment for de­vel­op­ment.

Be­cause as we have said be­fore, yes­ter­day, our ob­jec­tive as we fought the strug­gle was to get our coun­try back, our land back, our nat­u­ral re­sources and wild an­i­mals; fauna and flora, back; they are back now.

Now they are an in­stru­ment, yes­ter­day they were the ob­jec­tive.

They are the in­stru­ment, the means we use now to make our lives bet­ter. Our to­mor­row for the chil­dren bet­ter. To es­tab­lish the unity and co-per­a­tion.

To es­tab­lish the peace which John Nkomo died recit­ing.

That is the Zanu-PF we want. And once again I say well done, well done. Let's con­tinue to work to­gether.

Ngiyabonga. Tino­tenda. Pam­beri neku­batana. Pam­bili lokubam­bana. Peace be­gins with me, peace be­gins with you, peace be­gins with all of us.

Pic­ture: Be­lieve Nyakud­jara

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ad­dresses the Na­tional Youth Assem­bly at the ZANU-PF Head­quar­ters in Harare yes­ter­day.

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