President Robert Mugabe said the government will continue working with the Minister of Youths in harnessing the potential of youths.

Cde Mugabe said this while addressing delegates at Matopos Juniour School during the 21st February Movement celebrations today (Saturday).

“There must be national youth service and I don’t know why we have slowed down on this one. We certainly must start the national youth service programme,” he said.

President Mugabe also bemoaned the loss of young men and women to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and said despite the introduction of ARVs, more still needs to be done as no cure has been found yet.

He thanked the youths for the clean-up programmes they carried out around the country’s cities saying this is a very commendable gesture.

“As a nation, let’s maintain the sanity in our cities. Tell yourselves that you are not litter bugs who go around throwing away litter. In other towns and cities in some countries, one is even penalised for littering,” said President Mugabe.

The President has also stressed the need for youths to learn from the leadership and their elders so that they know how to lead when they are handed the button stick.

President Mugabe said he is glad that this year God has blessed the country with so much rain putting an end to the Elnino induced drought which hit the country for the past few years.

“We are bound to having a bumper harvest this year, and the government will continue supporting farmers by sponsoring the command agriculture initiative,” he said.

Speaking on the divisions within the party, President Mugabe said he wants a party which is tight.

“When we say be united we say let’s have the unity that binds us at heart and also intellectually, true unity. The party has regulations, guidelines and procedures which must be followed. Zanu PF party is based on a party constitution and that constitution provides how people can get elected from one position to another. So why do you want to try to circumvent the constitution, u can’t twist the constitution in order for you to land a post. No! we haven’t done this before in our party,” said President Mugabe.

President Mugabe said whatever position one seek must be a position that one must get upon a proper election.

Turning on to bond notes, President Mugabe said they are just a temporary thing and the country had to adopt them for a shorter period to address the liquidity challenges in the country.

The President concluded his address by thanking the youths for organising the 21st February Movement celebrations.

Meanwhile, the First Lady Amai Dr Grace Mugabe has described President Robert Mugabe as a caring leader, loving husband and father.

Amai Mugabe said the President has bequeathed the principle and philosophy of patriotism to the people of Zimbabwe, an orientation which has earned him the wrath of the West through sanctions.

The First Lady has called on the Youth League as the vanguard of the party to foster unity and peace in all the organs of the party as a befitting tribute to Zimbabwe’s revolutionary icon President Mugabe.

Dr Mugabe said she cherishes President Mugabe’s counsel before bursting into song to wish him a happy 93rd birthday.