Zimbabwean youths must be empowered and benefit fully from the country's rich resources, a Cabinet minister has said. Speaking at the 21st February Movement fundraising dinner in Harare on Wednesday, the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, Cde Nicholas Goche, who is also the Zanu-PF Secretary for Transport and Welfare, said youths constituted the bulk of Zimbabwe's population.
He said it was important to include them in empowerment programmes. The dinner was held to raise funds for President Mugabe's birthday celebrations slated for Chipadze Stadium, Bindura, on March 2.
"The 21st February Movement is an event for the youths who are the future of our nation and the ones to carry forth the revolutionary legacy of His Excellency President Robert Mugabe," Cde Goche said.
"This is why we are having the celebrations under the theme "Youth for Indigenisation, Empowerment, Development and Employment Creation."
Cde Goche said the theme recognised the need for continued efforts to ensure youths were at the forefront of the mainstream economy and the country's developmental agenda.
He said the indigenisation and economic empowerment policy ensured that all Zimbabweans benefited fully from their resources and in the process became empowered, leading to the rapid development of the nation and employment creation.
"Much has happened since 1986 when the programme was initiated, but it must be emphasised that the movement is not only a celebration of a revolutionary leader's birthday, but rather a platform for young people to showcase their talents and abilities," he said.
Cde Goche said the goals of the 21st February Movement and its founder (Zanu-PF Youth League) lay in working towards a more prosperous Zimbabwe through exposing youth to positive values of life.
Cde Goche said the Zanu-PF leadership appreciated and valued the important role played by the corporate sector and individuals whose continued support and contributions ensured the success of such programmes.
"Unlike other parties, Zanu-PF safely boasts of being the only party which is not run by foreign funding but support from local people and corporates," he said.