Ray Bande Senior Reporter
ZANU-PF youths in Manicaland are pushing for the expeditious implementation of various empowerment projects outlined by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the 2019 national youth convention held in Kadoma on Wednesday.
President Mnangagwa said Government is now focusing on production, employment creation, youth empowerment and creating safety nets to cushion the poor.
Mutare-based Zanu PF national youth league treasurer Cde Gertrude Mutandi told The Manica Post that the indaba addressed pertinent issues affecting the generality of the youth in the country.
She expressed optimism that the empowerment projects discussed at the Kadoma convention would be expeditiously implemented in Manicaland.
“Just like the President explained, we are hopeful that inasmuch as austerity measures had brought pain, we are now moving towards an era where production and empowerment will ease the burden on citizens.
“The empowerment projects outlined in Kadoma have timelines and we expect their speedy implementation in Manicaland, not only to benefit Zanu-PF membership, but the people of Zimbabwe. Everyone must benefit from the resources in this country,” she said.
Zanu-PF provincial youth chairman Cde Tawanda Mkodza said empowerment projects like allocation of 10ha of land to the youth in each district will go a long way in addressing economic and social challenges affecting them.
“I think the convention attained the desired results as it managed to have speakers outlining plans by Government to turn around the economic fortunes of the country.
“The President talked about the allocation of 10ha of land per district to the youth for their preferred agro-based projects. This will obviously address challenges affecting the youth in their respective districts.
“In the same breath, we are excited about the future following the recent appointment of Deputy Minister Tinoda Machakaire whom we relate to so well as a province. We have no doubt that he will come in handy to help solve some of the challenges at grassroots since he is accessible to us,” he said.
The Kadoma indaba is testimony of the ruling party’s efforts to fulfil the 2018 People’s Manifesto which committed to promoting youth and economic participation through creating an enabling environment.