Joseph Madzimure, Harare Bureau
YOUTHS should shun violence, intolerance and desist from denigrating their country but rather be torch-bearers towards national prosperity, President Mnangagwa has said.
In his address at the end of the 7th Zanu-PF Youth League national conference in Harare yesterday, President Mnangagwa, who is also the ruling party’s First Secretary, challenged the newly-elected executive leadership of the organ to develop and implement precise, realistic, and scientific mobilisation strategies for the party to win resoundingly in the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Violence, intolerance, self-hate, and the denigration of our beautiful country are alien to us as the people of Zimbabwe. I call upon all young people to reject and shun those malcontents and detractors who drive this agenda. As Zanu-PF we denounce violence in all its ugly forms,” he said.
The Youth League as the vanguard of the party, President Mnangagwa said, has a duty to guard the party against infiltration, divisions, and disunity.
“Remain vigilant, honest, focused, and loyal in defence of the party. Stay committed to what is right, ethical and morally acceptable. I also urge young people to desist from abusing the various social media platforms. Instead, use your platforms to promote our national development discourses, identity, unity and peace as well as production, productivity, innovation and ingenuity among the young people of our country,” he said.
Ahead of next year’s elections, President Mnangagwa said youths are critical in mobilising voters so that they vote resoundingly for Zanu-PF.
“We must begin now, to win the 2023 harmonised elections. It is all systems go in our party’s mobilisation drive, tinoda kuvasvasvanga, polling station by polling station, ward by ward, constituency by constituency, province by province and finally at the national level, towards a thunderous victory for Zanu-PF,” he said.
The party is working towards mobilising 5 million votes for the 2023 harmonised elections.
“Let us never leave anything to chance. We should not fall asleep or procrastinate. In everything we do, let us have a greater sense of urgency, across all wings of the party,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa received a standing ovation for championing youth empowerment programmes in the country.
The new youth league executive members, he said, have the immediate responsibility of mobilising youths in every village, ward, district and province to support the party by urging them to register to vote Zanu-PF.
President Mnangagwa also called on the new executive to ensure unity of purpose among the youth and ensure discipline is enforced.
“The Youth League is indeed obliged to serve the young people wholeheartedly and to win their hearts and minds. In this regard, I challenge you to develop and implement precise, realistic, and scientific mobilisation strategies, based on our rallying call “musangano kuma cell”.
Technology-driven solutions and platforms, President Mnangagwa said, should now characterise the day-to-day programmes of the Youth League.
The new executive members will enrol at Chitepo School of Ideology to understand the ethos and values of the party.
“Your focus into the future must ensure that the league remains united and structurally anchored on an ideologically sound and disciplined youth membership base,” said President Mnangagwa.
The Second Republic is doing its best to capacitate young people by opening economic opportunities in mining, agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing sector among others.
“It is through you, our young people, that the implementation of the National Development Strategy 1 and ultimately, the realisation of Vision 2030 must be accelerated. This should be in keeping with our focus to implement development that leaves no one and no place behind while maintaining the dominance of the party,” the President said.
President Mnangagwa was excited by the zeal and enthusiasm shown by the Youth League members who attended the conference.
Those who constitute the newly-elected Youth League executive are below the age of 35.
The President said youths must develop a spirit of voluntarism to develop their country and take up the responsibility to initiate programmes to clean and beautify the environment.
“Together with the spirit of volunteerism, these must become cardinal character traits of the Youth League. Our communities, especially in urban areas, must never be exposed to dirty environments and other social ills as a result of the glaring failures of the opposition-led local councils,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also congratulated the newly-elected youth executive members led by Cde John Paradza saying they should play their part towards the full realisation of the aims and objectives of the league as outlined in the party constitution guided by the values of servant leadership.
“Your contribution to our national aspirations must be visible for all to see for the benefit of other young people in our great motherland Zimbabwe. You have a rare opportunity to re-focus the Youth League to occupy every space in the country’s economic, political, social, scientific, academic, cultural, and sporting spheres. No area is out of bounds. That is the Independence and freedom, we, your leaders, fought for,” said President Mnangagwa.
The new executive was challenged to make the party attractive to lure young people to come aboard the revolutionary party.
President Mnangagwa also called for unity, peace, love, and harmony, saying no one is bigger than Zanu-PF.
The 7th Zanu-PF Youth League conference resolutions were endorsed and adopted to advance, promote and protect the interests of youths.
The conference was also attended by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, Zanu-PF Second Secretary Kembo Mohadi, Zanu-PF National Chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu, Politburo members,ministers and outgoing youth league executive members.