Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF youths rise against Mnangagwa

By Bulawayo24.com

Zanu-PF youths have demanded that old people who make up most of president Emerson Mnangagwa’s government should pave way for younger people with fresh ideas.

Firebrand Zanu-PF political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu is reportedly leading a chorus of discontent by the youth structures in the party.

Recently Tsenengamu took to social media demanding that the old gaurd- mostly senior citizens above 65 years- should give youths with new ideas a chance to run the country.

“Am 36 and ready to move on from youth into the main wing. After six days of work creating earth, our God took time to rest, even some of our Madalas (old guard) must rest and pave way for the young. Makarwa kurwa kwakanaka chizororaiwo tiwanewo pekupinda (you have fought a good fight) open up the space. It’s time to blend youth with experience,” wrote Tsenengamu recently.

Party youths who spoke to Bulawayo24.com said they stood behind Tsenengamu as the old guard were clueless about running the country and only wanted to line their pockets while the masses suffered. “Tsenengamu is the voice of the youth and he has the courage to say the old people should move over because he knows he has our backing.

“The old guard has messed up if the truth be told and they clearly have no idea how to put things right. It has come to a stage where it is now embarrassing for the youth to tell people that we are Zanu-PF. We have run out of explanations and excuses about the failure of our leaders. Real change must come if Zanu-PF is to succeed beyond this election term up to 2023,” said a youth from Mashonaland Central on condition of anonymity.

A senior party member from Matabeleland North said the party leadership was tired and needed renewal.

“It is clear that a youth revolution that will either destroy or rejuvenate the party is coming and the outcome will be decided by how the leadership handles this inevitable process. Zanu-PF has become more like a community gathering with limited ideas and absolutely no thoughts outside the box. The same outdated principles have been used since Independence to run the country and party. The time has come for a renewal of ideas and leaders,” said the leader.

Youths said they viewed Tsenengamu as their champion because he had the guts to tell the party and the world the truth about the state of Zanu-PF.

“Other youth leaders may pretend to toe the party line and behave like they are blinkered to the glaring shortcomings of the leadership but the truth is that most of us are in agreement with Tsenengamu,” said one of the youths.

Zanu Pf Youth League Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Lewis Matutu on Friday threatened unspecified action against Tsenengamu for the social media outburst.

“The party has been following with interest the series of social posts challenging party policies, for example on land redistribution, compensation of white farmers and most recently his call for elderly party members and leaders to ‘open up space’ for young people.

“This on its own shows that Cde Tsenengamu has no respect for party leadership and its policies.” In a press statement on Tuesday the Zanu-PF Youth league suggested Tsenengamu might have turned mole as part of a plan by a faction that was aligned to former President Robert Mugabe known as G40.

“We are aware that we have the likes of G40 in our midst but even so because of our vigilance we will not lose the fight but rather the axe will descend mercilessly on counter-revolutionaries and their foreign handlers,” the statement added.

“We are the vanguard of the party and it is therefore our duty to make sure that the party is safe from infiltrators and informers, those who have ears to hear take heed.”

The Youth League called for members to respect the leadership and use proper channels of communication to air their views.

Zimbabwe: Youth League Rallies Behind ED

By Freeman Razemba

The Zanu-PF Youth League yesterday reaffirmed its full support for President Mnangagwa’s efforts at turning around the economy and urged the nation to be united, peaceful and focused.

The league’s secretary for information and publicity, Cde Yeukai Simbanegavi, who was addressing a press conference after the league’s first national executive meeting of the year, said the President was working hard to make sure that the promises made in the party’s manifesto that was used during the elections which emphasised re-engagement, fighting corruption, keeping Zimbabweans united and the creation of jobs were realised.

She said they understood the task at hand and had absolute faith in the direction that the President was taking the nation.

“We have had a very fruitful meeting and as the Youth League representing the entire youths from Zimbabwe from all the 10 provinces, we stand in support of the Government and the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

“We support the President’s efforts in turning the economy around. He has not been resting since he was elected and is still making sure that the manifesto that was put across during the elections of re-engagement, fighting corruption, keeping Zimbabweans united and the creation of jobs is achieved,” she said.

Cde Simbanegavi said the measures and policies that Government had put in place such as bringing fuel prices in line with those obtaining in the region were welcome.

“Those who mean the country well and have no other nefarious political agendas will agree that the move by the President has paid off. There are no more fuel queues and the black market has died. We also applaud the President for providing the cushioning allowance for civil servants against economic hardships. The youth league understands and has absolute faith in where the President is taking the nation, which is to achieve economic and political stability as a county,” she said.

She said as the Youth League they were also taking part in ensuring that Vision 2030 was achieved and that the national executive had come up with a raft of economic activities for the youths of Zimbabwe to engage in.

“We also want to warn non-governmental organisations and small political parties such as the MDC-Alliance to desist from using youths as political weapons of mass destruction.

“Youths are the future and we condemn those that want to use young people to bring darkness in the country through burning and vandalising homes and businesses, sabotaging the economy by forcing people from their economic endeavours.

“We remind these that President Emmerson Mnangagwa believes in political freedom for all. All of us have been given space to engage freely at every level. However, we should respect every citizens’ right not to be forced to take part in stay-aways and riots that are organised by individuals hiding behind social media,” Cde Simbanegavi said.

She said the Youth League was not weak and would deal with any rogue elements.

She said they had noted that there were some local and international groupings as well as NGOs who were engaging in clandestine activities aimed at distracting the President from turning around the economy.

“They are still calling for stay-aways in the media. Some are in the Diaspora, we urge them to stop trying to do that forthwith. The media should also set the correct narrative about the election results.

“We can’t stay in election mode forever. Elections are over and (Nelson) Chamisa lost to President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa by over 400 000 votes and that is the population of a whole province. The 0,6 percent is just a random statistic but 400 000 is a specific number that shows the gap that Chamisa lost by,” she said.

Cde Simbanegavi said there were organisations that were also going to court to assist the looters and rioters arrested by the security forces.

“We ask why these lawyers that are going to represent these rioters and looters are also not going to represent those whose shops, cars, buses and homes have been vandalised and burnt?” she said.

Source Herald