FULL TEXT: ZANU PF Youth League Statement On Coronavirus, Chivhu Shooting Incidents


The ZANU PF Youth League applauds the great commitment, immense sense of duty and selfless patriotism being exhibited by the nation’s security services in the ongoing fight to contain and eradicate the Covid-19 menace within our borders.

Indeed, the critical role of our vigilant security services in enforcing lockdown regulations, in manning roadblocks, protecting border areas and in other critical deployments deserves commendation and ranks them among the elite cadres in the frontlines.

Their contribution in combination with other healthcare frontline entities has seen the nation experience a dramatic reduction in Covid-19 cases, which is no mean feat.

The story of how a nation called Zimbabwe; besieged by illegal and evil sanctions; has fought Covid-19 can never be recounted without mentioning our security services.

It is, however, greatly disconcerting that some criminal and lunatic elements in our society would conceive of killing in cold blood, soldiers deployed for this important duty.

All progressive and patriotic elements of our society must see this attack against our security forces as not only an attack against Zimbabwe but also as an effort to throw off course the current efforts to combat Covid19.

The ZANU PF Youth League also wishes to express its profound appreciation for the decisive swiftness with which our security services responded to the murderous gang in a combined operation, in a chain of events leading to the unfortunate shootout, culminating in the deaths of one brave soldier and two bandits.

It is sad that lives have to be lost in order for order to be maintained, unfortunate that the security forces have to be one member poorer because of unscrupulous elements in our society.

This profanity of our nationhood should never be allowed to recur, and the incident should serve as sufficient warning to any would-be malefactors.

We hereby reiterate without equivocation, our position that any of the aggression against our dedicated Covid-19 frontline cadres is an act of war, and that any manipulation of this situation for personal, sectarian and political gain at the expense of national safety is treasonous.

This sums up our opinion of equally deranged fly-by-night political lawyers who continue to “impress” their foreign handlers with vapid talk of “civilian space”, in defence of trigger-happy criminals.

Needless to say that such retrogressive and self-hating sentiments manifest in words that demonise our security forces for defending the nation are not shocking coming from the usual unpatriotic voices.

Bandits have no portion in civilian space, and defending them is an act of terror against the lawful citizens of Zimbabwe.

For us, any needless loss of life, particularly youthful lives such as in the above instance, remains sacrilegious to our
Ubuntu ethos.

We, therefore, extend our heartiest condolences to the bereaved families of the members of the security and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident.

As we continue to accord due credit and encouragement to cadres who continue to stand tall in the fight against Covid-19 and against the wanton lawlessness that is being engineered around it, the ZANU PF Youth League urges its membership and all Zimbabweans, in general, to maintain maximum discipline in complying with all COVID-19 management regulations.

Long live Zimbabwe

Cadre Tendai Chirau

ZANU PF Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs

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