ZAPU deputy spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa has accused youths of failing to stand up for themselves unlike their forefathers. Maphosa urged the youths to emulate their forefathers who stood up against the colonial regime and fought for independence. He said the youths should stand up against the oppression of Zanu-PF.
Speaking in Bulawayo last week, Maphosa said:
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The pre-independence youths of Zimbabwe — which was Rhodesia then — are miles apart from the post-independence youths. The generational gap between the two groups brings with it a number of differences and as such, comparisons can be drawn from these to give an analysis of today’s youth participation in policy and development issues in the current state of affairs as compared to that of yesteryear — the liberators’ generation
…Our liberation armies both in the then Rhodesia and all over Africa were built and led by youths. Zipra, under the broad leadership of youths built arguably the strongest liberation army on the continent, with a youthful General Nikita Mangena in command and a youthful Dumiso Dabengwa leading the intelligence side of the war.