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‘Youth fund is like a ghost’

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Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe Bishop Trevor Manhanga has likened the youth fund administered by Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere to a “ghost”.

Addressing delegates at the official launch of the church’s Kwekwe branch website and I-Connect, a network of businesspeople, at the weekend, Manhanga said:

“We have heard of the fund which is supposed to assist young people, but nobody has actually benefited from it, the fund is like a ghost which many people talk about but nobody has actually seen.”

Manhanga said he had since met Kasukuwere who had indicated willingness to work with the church in identifying young people who would benefit from the fund in the near future.

“As we speak, a member of our church phoned me from the minister’s office saying he had met with Kasukuwere and his project is being considered for funding,” Manhanga said.

MDC-T national youth secretary Promise Mkwananzi had earlier told hundreds of party supporters at a Mbizo rally that Kasukuwere was abusing the youth fund in an attempt to “prop up the fortunes of Zanu PF”.

“Kasukuwere is moving around with government money is his pockets corruptly dishing it out to his cronies, relatives and party members . . . most of us have heard about this youth fund, but none has benefited from it,” Mkwananzi said. Efforts to obtain comment from Kasukuwere were fruitless yesterday.

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