Zanu PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga says the highly subscribed nationwide Presidential Interface rallies have sent opposition political parties into panic mode as demonstrated by their move to form a grand coalition to take on President Robert Mugabe in the forthcoming elections.

Thousands of youths, senior party members and government officials as well as supporters of the revolutionary Zanu PF party this Saturday (today) gathered at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda for the sixth Presidential Youth Interface rally.

The bumper crowds proved that Zanu PF which won all 13 constituency seats in the 2013 harmonised elections still has a strong support base in the province.

Cde Chipanga said the interface rallies have sent a clear message that President Mugabe has the backing of the youth who form the largest constituency of the population.

He scoffed at opposition parties that have formed a coalition in the false hope that they will remove President Mugabe from power.

Youths have however been urged to ensure that they register to vote in the coming elections.

Provincial youth chairman, Cde Dumezweni Phuthi said the province is optimistic that the concerns of the youths will be addressed.

Youths in Matabeleland South want to benefit from government’s economic empowerment programmes such as command agriculture and the command fisheries.

With mining being a major source of employment in the province, the youths are also looking to be supported with machinery and equipment among other things.