BULAWAYO - Zanu PF has set up a Youth Orientation Programme here with a purpose to benefit youth with employment opportunities and teach them “patriotism”.
Party youths and other interested individuals are expected to attend lessons at the party’s headquarters every Thursday.
The youths are taught lessons on patriotism, democracy and the party’s achievements among others.
Through the programme, youths can leave their Curriculum Vitae and applications with the Zanu PF committee who will then liaise with different organisations to get jobs for them.
Lucky youths will then be offered job opportunities.
The job opportunities are nevertheless availed to those who attend the meetings.
The Daily News crew attended one of the meetings and one of the party officials was however, cited saying youths should not attend the meeting for jobs or money.
“Do not come to Zanu PF for money or jobs, so that you blame us when it does not happen. Zanu PF is your life, it is Zimbabwe and it is your everything,”
Tinashe Wamambo the Zanu PF youth chairperson for Emganwini central said.
In an interview on the sidelines of the workshop, Wamambo said the party’s aim is to teach youths about Zimbabwe so they are up to date with every issue in the country.
“We want to lead our youths by example as a party. We have since realised that the opposition MDC cannot help since they are always fighting,” he said.
Wamambo said the party’s aim is to teach the youth to continue supporting President Robert Mugabe.
“It is every person’s responsibility to know that sanctions should be removed totally, however, the European Union should not think that leaving our president on the sanctions list will stop us from supporting him,” he said.
He said the EU should know that God will remove the sanctions at his time.
“Since the formation of MDC-T we had no rains but when people voted for Zanu PF — God blessed us with the rains,” he said.
Stephen Maparuka, the second in command for the Zanu PF Bulawayo Province Youth League, said through the youth orientation programme, Zanu PF seeks to teach the youth national affairs in a bid to make them patriotic and loyal to the country.
“The programme is open to every Zimbabwean youth and those with qualifications will get job opportunities,” he said.
In its manifesto, Zanu PF promised to create 2 million jobs in the next five years as part of an economic growth initiative based on the economic empowerment and indigenisation drive.