26 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Ignore Zanu-PF's Impunity, Register to Vote - Solo Urges Youth

press release

Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly leader has urged all youths to register and vote in the coming elections despite the impunity of Zanu PF and State security agents in trying to decimate the Party of Excellence ahead of the next elections.

Madzore was speaking at a rally organised by the Bulawayo MDC youths at Nketa Hall in Bulawayo on Saturday to welcome him from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison where he was released on November 14 after more than a year in incarceration.

"Morgan Tsvangirai can only be President if you are registered to vote. If you are not registered to vote that will be the greatest betrayal you have done to the struggle that we have been engaged in for the past 13 years," Madzore said.

Madzore said the next vote is for the transformation of the country from the economic downturn caused by Zanu PF which has thrown people into untold suffering and abject poverty. "We are voting for transformation of all sectors of the economy. Our vote should enable President Tsvangirai to bring water, health care, food, jobs and a better future for our children. This is a historic vote."

Madzore said during his incarceration, he was surprised to discover that the majority of officers at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison support President Tsvangirai and want real change in the country.

Madzore said contrary to what has oft been said by security service chiefs the majority of State security agents including prison warders are tired of Mugabe's rule and want urgent change in the country to enable them to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

Madzore also spoke on the looting of diamonds from Chiadzwa by Zanu PF's Minister of Mines Obert Mpofu and those aligned to the sunset party.

He questioned the unexplainable riches that Mpofu has amassed in so short space of time and promised that the end of corruption could only be realised through a vote for the Party of Excellence.

Madzore also took time to talk to the youth on protecting their lives from the scourge of HIV/AIDS. "As you can see for yourselves I have come here with my wife. This must be a sign for you as young people that you need to guard your lives jealously against this scourge. Please adhere to one partner and don't forget to use protection all the time."

Madzore also highlighted that the youth in the party are also agitating for leadership positions as councillors and Members of Parliament, saying it is vital for posterity and representational purposes.

The Secretary General of the MDC Youth Assembly, Promise Mkwananzi thanked the youths in Bulawayo for their resilience and fortitude ahead of the next elections.

Mkwananzi said the youths must support each other and vote for each other so that they can be representatives of the party at decision making levels. The rally was attended by more than 3000 youths from Bulawayo.

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