Samuel Kadungure in Mutare
Zanu-PF Manicaland youth executive yesterday unanimously agreed to elevate Cde Mubuso Chinguno to be its substantive chairperson. Cde Chinguno, who has been the acting chairperson since last year, replaces Mr Kelvin Manyengavana, who alongside Ms Getrude Mutandi (secretary for finance) and Mr Washington Ziwiwi, were ousted through a vote of no confidence last year for contravening the party’s constitution, among other al- legations.
The trio also had a prohibition order issued against them by Zanu-PF Manicaland vice-chairperson, Cde Joseph Mujati, barring them from conducting any party business pending the finalisation of their matter.
Cde Chinguno has been leading the youth league since then.
Addressing members of the youth league executive at Manicaland Provincial Administrator’s Conference Room, Zanu-PF Youth League national secretary for commissariat Cde Innocent Hamandishe said Cde Chinguno had proved to be a hard worker since taking over on an interim basis.
“Mubuso has been the acting chairperson since the suspension of Kelvin Manyengavana and he has worked so hard to ensure that party programmes succeed and unless there are other comrades interested in the position or have different opinions, this forum must elevate and make him the substantive chairperson.
“The Youth League cannot continue operating without a substantive chairperson because there are certain decisions he cannot make when he is acting,” said Cde Hamandishe.
The provincial youth secretary for legal affairs, Cde Taurai Chiripamberi, supported Cde Chinguno’s elevation.
“Since he took over the reins, the Youth League has been operating without any problems and in harmony and we do not see anything wrong giving him the substantive chairpersonship. He is hands on and we have confidence in his leadership,” said Cde Chiripamberi.
Cde Chinguno’s immediate task is to organise an inter-district youth meeting scheduled for Sunday in Mutare — which will serve as the launch pad to mobilise 100 000 youths from Manicaland to attend the one million youth march to be held in Harare in May. The one million youth march is meant to show support for President Mugabe.
“We want everyone to be involved; no one should be left out because we want to make a bold statement about the youths’ unwavering support for President Mugabe and the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe,” said Cde Hamandishe.
Other vacant youth executive posts will be filled after Sunday’s meeting.