By Nkanyiso Ncube
ZANU PF youths in Hwange Central have started preparations for the ‘Presidential Youth Interface’ to be held in Matabeleland North Province at a date to be announced soon.
Following the successful meeting between youths and President Robert Mugabe at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, Mashonaland East Province last Friday, Zanu PF youths in Hwange Central met on Sunday at Lwendulu Hall in Hwange to discuss the challenges they will table before the President when he visits the province.
The preparations focused on the challenges which the youths will present to the provincial executive and will be incorporated in the list that will eventually be tabled before the President.
Among some of the challenges that the youths highlighted are failure by Cabinet ministers to organise inter-active programs that seek to empower young people in small towns and rural communities, unemployment, corruption, leadership divisions and failure to access residential stands.
Secretary for Transport and Welfare in the Zanu PF Youth League Matabeleland North Provincial Daniel Sithole, called on youths to attend various government programs taking place around the province as they stand to get first hand information on new projects that can benefit them.
“Just last week there was a workshop in Lupane but the problem is you don’t come as long as no one has said the meeting is about stands or employment, you don’t come. So it is a challenge, we need to be there for the needs of the people everywhere,” said Sithole.
The nationwide Presidential Youth Interface meetings are expected to continue this month with the next port of call being in Manicaland Province on the 16th of this month.
Manicaland youths are on record promising to mobilise nothing short of a million youth votes to President Mugabe in the impending general elections.
The engagements are expected to run until October this year as the revolutionary party’s youth wing heightens preparations for the 2018 general elections.
The objective of the meetings are in line with Zanu PF party’s constitution where they are given a responsibility to mobilise youths to participate in the political, social and economic activities of the country.