Zanu PF youths disrupt US Embassy meeting

MASVINGO - Zanu PF youths yesterday disrupted a United States Embassy-organised youth meeting at the Civic Centre here protesting against sanctions imposed by Washington on Harare.

President Barack Obama’s Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Initiative meeting was called off just after an official from the Harare Embassy started explaining to local youths how they could join the programme.

Corra-Leigh Magiya, an official from the US embassy in Harare, was forced to cancel the meeting after the youths heckled the resource person.

“Why do you want to help few young leaders in this country to go to America when hundreds of thousands are suffering from sanctions your country imposed on Zimbabwe?” charged a Zanu PF youth. “We do not need your fellowship, remove the sanctions.”

The fellowship empowers young African leaders through coursework, leadership training and networking.

It also provides some youths the opportunity to hone their skills at US universities and gives about 500 youths from different African countries the opportunity to go to Washington for a four-week exchange programme.

The Zanu PF youths, led by national youth deputy political commissar, Talent Majoni, heckled Magiya and demanded to know why President Robert Mugabe was left out of the forthcoming US-Africa summit in August.

Magiya, however, attempted to explain that she was not qualified to answer such questions as she was only an employee but they could have none of it.

The youths continued to hurl insults before they burst into song and dance, leading to the calling off of the meeting prematurely.

They attacked youths who pleaded with them to let the meeting continue, and also manhandled this reporter who was covering  the meeting.

Comments (6)

This is zanu pf way of the rule of law. Genuine youths are denied the opportunity to expand their horizons by a bunch of zanu pf hooligans; no action from ZRP. Lawlessness. If it were WOZA women demonstrating peacefully, ZRP would descend on them with baton sticks and dogs. Later on ZRP would mount a road block to maintain peace; and of course bribes would be the order of the day!

Nkosi Mambo - 24 January 2014

Shame on Zimbabwe.

Dot com - 24 January 2014

I was there...don't try to make ZANU youths look bad pasina...The lady is a Zimbo asi she wanted to behave as if mu American asingagone Shona bcoz anoshanda ku US embassy and also questions were asked about hypocrisy of sayiing you want to help 50 youths pa Young Leaders Programme (vamwe ma Electrical Engineer) asi you have ZESA on sanctions wasn't disruption. It was engagment asi the lady was unable to answer zvikanzi ma youths e ZANU bcoz everyone who raises issue ye ma sanction/ZIDERA is automatically a ZANOID.

wezhira wezhara - 25 January 2014

The majority if not all the noise makers would not qualify for any scholarship or fellowship because they have no intelligence at all. Kwadzi include us, why not go and do the same to Mugarbage, he has a Presidential scholarship scheme, why are you not on it ZANU idiots? I am sorry but being used to further political agendas academic none entities in an academic related affair shows how dull these hooligans are. The good thing is that when Zimbabwe gains true independence we will need some people to provide manual labour and these hooligans and or their descendants are sure going to fill that gap.

Bingo Wajakata - 26 January 2014

Vanhu ve Zanu musarwadziwe ne maAmericans. its your fault that they gave us sanctions learn to apologise, tolerant, humble. otherwise you keep pulling the country down

cameron kapuya - 27 January 2014

Thugs for hire! Once again they show just how incapable they are of doing anything beneficial for this country

cloud - 27 January 2014

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