Zanu-PF Youth League dis­owns ‘peace’ group

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fari­rai Machivenyika Se­nior Re­porter

THE rul­ing ZANU-PF Youth League has dis­tanced it­self from the Joint Youth Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, a group­ing of youth wings aimed at cre­at­ing a plat­form to ex­change views on peace and de­vel­op­ment ahead of the forth­com­ing har­monised elec­tions.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the three MDC for­ma­tions, ZAPU, Trans­form Zim­babwe and Na­tional Peo­ple’s Party yes­ter­day ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce the for­ma­tion of the JYLC and claimed ZANU-PF was part of the group al­though the rul­ing party’s youth league was con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence.

Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Nel­son Chamisa-led MDC-T Youth As­sem­bly Mr Love­more Chinop­utsa said their ZANU-PF coun­ter­parts had not at­tended yes­ter­day’s press brief­ing to en­able con­sul­ta­tions with the party’s lead­er­ship.

How­ever, ZANU-PF Sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Pupu­rai Tog­a­repi dis­puted the claim. “We are not part of it and we have no rea­son to as­so­ciate our­selves with peo­ple seek­ing rel­e­vance.

“The Pres­i­dent, Cde Mnan­gagwa, has al­ready called for peace­ful and cred­i­ble elec­tions. As the Youth League we are thus guided. We do not need coun­sel from po­lit­i­cal out­fits that are by na­ture vi­o­lent,” said Cde Tog­a­repi.

In the state­ment, the JYLC said as youths they were com­mit­ted to be am­bas­sadors of peace.

“Be­yond this space, as youth po­lit­i­cal lead­ers we com­mit to be am­bas­sadors of peace shun­ning and con­demn­ing vi­o­lence in any form - the en­vi­sioned Zim­babwe that we all as­pire for as youth is de­void of vi­o­lence, hate speech and po­lar­i­sa­tion,” reads part of the state­ment.

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