10 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Endorses Manicaland Youth Chairperson's Ouster

Zanu-PF National Youth Affairs department has endorsed the ousting of the party's Manicaland youth chairperson, Cde Tawanda Mukodza, for allegedly bringing the name of the party into disrepute.

It is understood the issue has divided the party's main wing in the province amid indications of members of the wing meddling with youth affairs.

Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Absolom Sikhosana told the media in Harare yesterday that his department stood by the vote of no-confidence passed on Cde Mukodza by youth leaders in Manicaland.

"I, as Secretary for Youth Affairs, with the Youth League national political commissar (Cde Mike Gava) are correctly guided by the decision of the youths in Manicaland province who lost confidence in Cde Mukodza and elevated Cde Calvin Manyengavana," he said.

"We want to make it very clear that Mukodza should stop mobilising youths in the name of the party because naturally if a vote of no confidence is passed on you by the majority you stop exercising the responsibilities that you had."

Cde Sikhosana said his department did not receive any dissenting voice on the issue including from Cde Mukodza.

He said Cde Mukodza would be an ordinary card carrying member after the provincial youth leadership passed a vote of no-confidence on December 13, 2012.

Cde Sikhosana said the main wing was not supposed to interfere in youths affairs adding that his department had autonomy from the main wing. He, however, said they would advise the main wing of the development.

Though Cde Sikhosana could not spell out the reasons for Cde Mukodza's sacking, he said there were allegations of corruption being levelled against Cde Mukodza.

The development, it is understood resulted in the creation of two youth factions in the province, one led by Cde Mukodza aligned to some members of the main wing and the Cde Manyengavana faction supported by Mutare South legislator Cde Fred Kanzama.

Cde Manyengavana's group boycotted an executive council meeting held on Saturday after the ousted camp was invited to attend the same meeting.

Cde Kanzama confirmed passing a vote of no-confidence in Cde Mukodza's chairmanship of the Youth League. He cited rampant misappropriation of funds meant for youth empowerment programmes and selective recruitment of youths for employment by the diamond companies operating in the province.

Only the top five executive council members of the party's main provincial wing, the Women's League and those of the ousted Youth League committee attended the meeting.

Cde Kanzama said they had been disillusioned by the unholy alliance between Cde Mukodza and a senior party member on the province.

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