President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged ZANU PF youths to shun all forms of violence and intolerance but to uphold the highest standards of morality and ethics in their conduct.
Addressing the 7th ZANU PF Youth League national conference in Harare on Friday, 6 May, Mnangagwa, who is also ZANU PF First Secretary, said:
Violence, intolerance, self-hate, and the denigration of our beautiful country are alien to us as the people of Zimbabwe.
I call upon all young people to reject and shun those malcontents and detractors who drive this agenda. As ZANU PF we denounce violence in all its ugly forms.
… Remain vigilant, honest, focused, and loyal in defence of the party.
Stay committed to what is right, ethical and morally acceptable.
I also urge young people to desist from abusing the various social media platforms.
Instead, use your platforms to promote our national development discourses, identity, unity and peace as well as production, productivity, innovation and ingenuity among the young people of our country.
Mnangagwa also exhorted ZANU PF youths to mobilise voters to vote for the ruling party in the 2023 harmonised elections. He said:
We must begin now, to win the 2023 harmonised elections. It is all systems go in our party’s mobilisation drive, tinoda kuvasvasvanga, polling station by polling station, ward by ward, constituency by constituency, province by province and finally at the national level, towards a thunderous victory for ZANU PF.
Let us never leave anything to chance. We should not fall asleep or procrastinate.
In everything we do, let us have a greater sense of urgency, across all wings of the party.
The Youth League is indeed obliged to serve the young people wholeheartedly and to win their hearts and minds.
In this regard, I challenge you to develop and implement precise, realistic, and scientific mobilisation strategies, based on our rallying call “musangano kuma cell”.
Zimbabwe’s elections are generally characterised by violence. An opposition CCC supporter, Mboneni Ncube, was speared to death by suspected ZANU PF members in Mbizo, Kwekwe, ahead of the 26 March 2022 by-elections.