Felex Share Senior Reporter
PRESIDENT Mugabe will visit Midlands province on September 2, for the seventh Presidential Youth Interface Rally, Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga revealed yesterday. The province is targeting to mobilise 100 000 youths for the event to be held in Mkoba. Midlands province set the tone yesterday with an inter-district meeting that was attended by thousands of youths, legislators, Politburo and Central Committee members. The inter-district meeting was also attended by members of the Zanu-PF Youth League national executive.
Cde Chipanga said the province was leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful gathering.
“Preparations have been going on for a while, but everything is now gathering momentum,” he said. “We are going into the final quarter and everyone is putting maximum effort.
“The President will be interfacing with the youths at the Mkoba Open Space.
“We have gathered that Midlands, being a big province is targeting to bring in 100 000 youths for the event. The target is feasible considering what we have registered in the past rallies. All the rallies have been well attended.”
President Mugabe, who is the Zanu-PF First Secretary, has been visiting provinces around the country interacting with youths and directly responding to their concerns. He has been to Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces.
Zanu-PF is using the platforms to launch a massive campaign for voter registration of youths ahead of 2018 harmonised elections. The interface meetings are being organised by the Zanu-PF Youth League.
Cde Chipanga said the Youth League was grateful for the support they were getting from senior party members and other stakeholders. Today we had a successful inter-district meeting which was attended by thousands of youths,” he said.
“The party was represented at all levels and we even had students’ representatives attending. The provincial chairperson Cde Daniel Mackenzie Ncube and Politburo member Cde July Moyo were in attendance along with many Members of Parliament and Central Committee members.
“With such kind of unity, I see nothing short of a successful meeting come September 2.”
The youths are using the interface meetings to articulate social, economic and political issues affecting them.
Among other issues, the Youth League is advocating young people to have access to land, agricultural inputs and participate in mining activities.
Zanu-PF is also using the rallies to show its mobilisation prowess as each rally is being attended by huge crowds.
This dovetails with findings by respected think tanks that President Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s approval ratings have been increasing in inverse proportion to trust for the opposition.
The engagements are expected to run until October when he would have visited all the 10 provinces.