Mugabe a copycat - MDC youths

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party are “thoughtless” copycats whose political survival hinges on stealing MDC ideas selling them to Zimbabweans albeit failing to put them into practice, opposition youths have claimed.

This follows recent calls by the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial youth league chairperson, Mubuso Chinguno, for his party to reserve some council and parliamentary seats for youths in next year’s general elections.

In an interview with the Weekend Post last week, MDC youth leader Happymore Chidziva accused the ruling party of “plagiarising” its policy document.

“At the same time, I want to dismiss the sudden call for a youth quota by Zanu PF Manicaland youth chair, as too little too late even if we know they are copying from us explaining why Mugabe is embarking on a national tour, taking a cue from (president) Morgan Tsvangirai,” Chidziva said.

“Calling for a youth quota 37 years after independence can only be regarded as plagiarism and reactionary to our youth-oriented policies but the sad thing is that they are not good students and can’t copy the correct thing”.

Last month, the MDC national council resolved that 20 percent of the parliamentary and council seats will be reserved for youths while 50 percent of the seats are for women.

Out of that 50 percent, 20 percent is also reserved for young females in the party.

With Mugabe set to embark on a national tour to meet ruling party youths as he prepares for the crunch elections, Chidziva has warned all youths nationwide that they “risk  being taken down a garden path again” by the Zanu PF leader.
Chidziva accused the 93-year-old Mugabe of giving youths empty promises since the country attained independence from Britain in 1980.

He urged them to snub the nonagenarian saying after realising that Zimbabwean youths, for the first time since independence, “have become more determined to define, secure and defend their future, the ancient party is now desperately attempting, through so-called tours to lure the young vote”.

“I urge the youth to dismiss such senseless electioneering tours meant to sell another election dummy to the youth. Such a trivial approach to the plight of the youth should not be entertained, especially when it’s coming from a person whose life situation is there for everyone to see.”

Chidziva said Mugabe’s effort at engaging youths had been spurred by Tsvangirai’s recent tours around the country.
“It should not be forgotten that for the past 37 years, Mugabe has been the sole leader of the country, and has presided over all the incompetence in government.

“Then, what will he promise the youths this time around, which he couldn’t deliver since independence?” he asked rhetorically.

In the run-up to the 2013 elections, Zanu PF promised to create 2,2 million jobs ostensibly to fight the country’s unsustainably high unemployment rate estimated at over 80 percent but nothing has materialised five years down the line.
—Mugove Tafirenyika

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