MASVINGO – Opposition youths in the province have dismissed President Robert Mugabe's impending visit as a waste of resources at a time when most young people stand hardest hit by the country's economic challenges.
President Mugabe will visit Masvingo on June 30 for the third leg of his 'Presidential Youth Interface' meetings that started in Marondera before moving to Mutare last week.
Speaking to TellZim News in different interviews, the youths argued that ordinary young people will gain nothing from the meetings which they rubbished as a recycled dose of empty promises from the veteran leader.
MDC-T National Youth Chairperson, Happyson 'Bvondo' Chidziva was scathing in his censure of the meetings, saying they were nothing but a repeat of the same 'nothingness'.
"These are useless tours because Mugabe has nothing to useful to tell and is no longer capable of defining the future. He is not only old but is ancient too. He cannot connect with the youth today unless he wants to do trivial storytelling," Chidziva said.
National People's Party (NPP) provincial youth chairperson for Masvingo, Trust Muganji also dismissed Mugabe's tours as a waste of resources.
"I think these guys are simply wasting resources. These tours do not change the economic situation in any way. The visit to Masvingo would be relevant only if it was going to bring the promised two million jobs. As youths, we cannot waste time by going there to listen to lies. All we can promise them is that we will speak through the ballot," Muganji said.
However, Zanu PF deputy youth chairperson Brian Munyoro had a different opinion, choosing to say the meetings were an important platform for youths to devise solutions for their challenges.
"The party created this platform for all youths and not for Zanu PF youths only as many would like to perceive these gatherings. That can obviously never be a waste of resources. Instead, the meetings present a chance for youths to be heard so I urge all youths who are concerned with building a better Zimbabwe and creating a better future for themselves to join us on June 30 when it will be our turn to meet the President," Munyoro said.
At the Marondera gathering, a fawning Zanu PF national youth chairperson Kudzanai Chipanga shocked many by declaring that President Mugabe and his wife Grace will one day be sitting beside God in heaven, vetting those who will be eligible to enter God's Kingdom.
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