The President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned some people instigating and sowing seeds of division in the party to adhere to the dictates of the party’s constitution.
President Mnangagwa made the remarks while addressing the party’s Youth League Assembly at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare today (Wednesday).
The youth assembly is a party constitutional meeting held twice a year and brings together the party’s Youth League leadership.
Today’s meeting, which is the fourth since President Mnangagwa took over the reins of leadership in the party, comes after the party’s resounding victory in the July harmonised elections and a few weeks before the National People’s Conference scheduled for Esigodini in December.
President Mnangagwa’s message was clear, that the party will not brook those bent on causing divisions in the party.
“We must all follow the party’s constitution and I am warning those opposed to the party rules and guidelines,” he said.
The President also said the government is prioritising the revitalisation of the economy and improving standards of living for the citizens, adding that economic growth is now being projected to reach 6.7% of GDP by December this year from an initial projection of 4.3%. “There is also buy-in from the business community that is very supportive of government programmes,” noted Cde Mnangagwa, but condemned counter economic practices such as unjustified price hikes.
“Young people are the future of the country and their voices must begin to be heard ,” he added, imploring the youths to be loyal and take a leaf from how he conducted himself when he was humiliated countless times but would continue to work faithfully for the party and country.
“The youths are the vanguard of the party and their contributions are greatly appreciated. In recognition of this, I have appointed four members from you, the Youth League, to government positions. Two of you got cabinet posts and two were appointed deputy ministers in recognition of the wing’s support to the party. Even in the allocation of resources, you as youths are not going to be sidelined,” said President Mnangagwa.
He also challenged the youths not to be complacent and pledged that a youth desk to cater for the needs of the young people is going to be established in all government ministries.
The meeting was also attended by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Zanu PF National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu, Zanu PF National Political Commissar Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje, Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurayi Togarepi and politburo members who are now working full time at the party headquarters.