ZANU PF Manicaland vice-chairperson, retired lieutenant-general Mike Nyambuya has pleaded with disgruntled party youths not to dump the former liberation movement after they vociferously expressed deep concern over their exclusion in the indigenisation programme spearheaded by Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
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The youths said they are concerned by the alleged looting of diamonds in Chiadzwa by influential people from outside Manicaland.
Nyambuya last week told an intra-party district conference in Makoni he feared Zanu PF would lose the forthcoming elections if it failed to address the concerns of the youths.
“If we go into the elections without first solving the youths’ concerns and also finding solutions to the divisions in the party, we will lose the elections,” Nyambuya warned.
He reminded party colleagues that the youths constitute a large number of voters.
However, the Zanu PF youths said they were tired of unfulfilled promises.
The youth groups in the province threatened to jump ship and join the MDC-T.
The secretary-general of Marange Youth Empowerment Trust, John Kaisi, said: “We were promised claims in Chiadzwa and Penhalonga as part of initiatives to empower us. But up to now we do not have anything to show. They only want us when we approach elections and this time we are saying no.”
Zanu PF Manicaland Youth Assembly secretary for information and publicity, Pemberai Marudza, said the party was being weakened by corrupt senior party officials.