Zanu PF youths demand direct link to Mugabe

ZANU PF youths have demanded that all future youth secretaries should be members of the youth league so they have a direct access to party leader President Robert Mugabe.

Source: Zanu PF youths demand direct link to Mugabe – NewsDay Zimbabwe May 16, 2016

by Stephen Chadenga

Addressing a Zanu PF Midlands youth league inter-district meeting in Gweru on Saturday, deputy national youth secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga said gone were the days when youth affairs would be headed by older party members.

He said this had for long blocked them from interfacing with Mugabe to air out their grievances.

“The time has come for youths to be headed by youths and not a situation where the youth secretary is not a member of the youth league,” Chipanga said.

“There should be a platform where youths have a direct link with the President and we do not need older representatives in front of youths affairs.”

Chipanga urged provincial youths to mobilise for the one-milion man march organised by the youth league on May 25.
Meanwhile, the Saturday meeting, initially pencilled for the morning, only took place in the afternoon, after the intervention of riot police, as rival party factions haggled over control of the proceedings.

Acting provincial chairman, Jorum Gumbo described the fights as unacceptable.

“The behaviour exhibited by some of you today (Saturday) is unacceptable. It paints the party as not being peaceful. People who behave in such a manner are anti-President (Mugabe) and Zanu PF and we will discipline them,” he said.