Zimbabwean youths say used like condoms
MUTARE: Zanu PF youths have expressed anger over failure by their party to allocate them their promised residential stands, saying they were tired of being “used like condoms”.
Manicaland youths chairperson, Mubuso Chinguno, told a Provincial Youths Inter District Conference held in the eastern border city recently that it was unfair that the youths who helped top party officials to seize land from the whites were themselves without farms.
He said if the party fails to allocate them stands before the ruling party annual December conference which is scheduled for in Masingo they would be left with no choice but to do the “invasion type of allocation”.
“We appeal to the leadership to allocate the youths their stands before we go to Masvingo conference. I am being questioned everyday on social media on the issue to do with the allocation of stands. Some of the youths are even thinking they were duped and this was just a political gimmick. Some are saying the stands were sold long back and, as executive, we are being blamed left, right and centre,” said Chinguno.
He said the party should fast track the allocation of stands to calm the restive youths.
According to Chinguno, the youths were also demanding fair allocation of farms which they were promised three years ago by the party.
“Every year we are requesting the party to allocate us farms but it looks its becoming more of Mai Chisamba or Oprah Winfrey talk shows. This has become a talk shop and our resolution as youths this year is to be allocated all the farms that were left during the land reform programme,” said Chinguno.
“These are the same youths who helped the same chefs who are neglecting them to invade land during land reform programme and were dragged to courts of law. These are the same youths who made noises at gates of commercial farms during land grab but they have nothing to show for it,” said Chinguno.
“Our resolution is that all the farms that were not invaded during the land reform programme should be allocated to youths. We know there are some politburo, central committee members and ministers who have vast tracks of underutilized land,” he added.
Chinguno said they have a list of farms owned by senior party members that are underutilized in the province and they will soon submit the list to President Robert Mugabe for downsizing.
“Some of our bosses are just boasting around that they own over 350 hectares of land but they are producing sora grass (weeds). Some of the farms we know are now game parks due to non-productivity,” said Chinguno.
He urged the youths not to be intimidated saying time has come to take the “bull by its horns” in claiming what is theirs.
President Robert Mugabe recently promised youths lands in appreciation for their role in the ruling party’s activities.