THE Zanu PF youth league executive has piled pressure on party legislators to mobilise 4 300 people from each constituency ahead on President Robert Mugabe’s visit to Mashonaland East province on June 3, where over 100 000 are expected to attend.
By Jairos Saunyama
Speaking to scores of party youths who attended a preparatory meeting at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera on Friday, provincial youth league chairman Kelvin Mutsvairo said MPs would have to work harder in order to raise a capacity crowd for Mugabe at the rally to be held at Rudhaka Stadium.
To achieve the numbers, the party has resorted to pile pressure on legislators who were each ordered to bring at least 4 300 people from their respective constituencies to reach the intended target.
“We have no option, but to come in our numbers. Each constituency will bring its youths. We are working flat out to organise transport logistics and each constituency will have a bus. We need to meet our iconic leader in numbers, hence each constituency is to mobilise the greatest numbers,” Mutsvairo said.
Speaking at the same meeting, Zanu PF secretary for youth Kudzi Chipanga, who was the guest of honour, said each MP would be introduced along with his people.
“We had the successful one-million-man march in Harare where we met the President. But now, because a lot of people failed to travel to Harare, the President is coming to us in our provinces, hence we need to be at the venue in large numbers. Our introduction protocol is going to be different this time. We used to introduce people according to wings or districts, but this time it is going to be different. We are going to introduce constituency by constituency and the MP of that constituency will chant the party slogan. I understand that no MP garnered less than 4 000 votes during elections, hence we are expecting each to bring people in numbers,” Chipanga said.
The province has 23 constituencies all under Zanu PF.
The 93-year-old leader is expected to meet party youths in all the country’s 10 provinces to mobilise support ahead of next year’s elections.
Party youths, meanwhile, told the national executive that they want their residential stands promises to be fulfilled before June 3 when Mugabe visits the province.
The angry party youths booed an Urban Development Corporation official who had been invited to the event to explain progress on the ground regarding stands in Marondera and other towns in the province.
Despite efforts by the official to explain the processes, the youths would not take it and kept on interjecting and booing the official accusing her of sabotaging the party.