Provincial leaders challenged to prioritise youth empowerment

By Idah Mhetu

ZANU PF youth leader Tendai Chirau has challenged the ruling party’s provincial youth leaders to come up with projects that will empower young people in their respective provinces.

Addressing a youth rally attended by hundreds of youths at Ruvinga Business centre, Ward 7 in Guruve, Mashonaland Central province, where ZANU PF candidate Chriswell Virimai Chipuriro will contest to be councillor of the ward in the March 26 by-elections, Chirau urged the youth provincial leaders to follow official procedures in acquiring mining claims for the youths in the province.

“Mashonaland Central is a mining town, so the provincial leadership should join hands as a team and follow the official procedures of acquiring mining claims,” he said.

“We will not allow those with the aim of grabbing mines for their benefit. Let us have the prospectus ready and have the mines pegged then they are submitted to government for approval,” Chirau added.

He discouraged youth leaders who use the party name to grab mines for their personal benefit.

“Gone are the days when one would grab a claim using the party name for their own benefit. Let us have people who will also empower other youths,” he added.

Cde Chirau also handed over sports kits which include soccer and netball uniforms for the youths.

He encouraged farming in communities running under the theme: ‘Ingorima Something’ and handed over vegetable seeds and fertilizers.

“The handover of assorted vegetable seeds is meant to encourage youths and women to actively participate in horticultural programmes from the household level. This is in response to President Mnangagwa’s clarion call to enhance productivity. Youths as active participants play a vital role in accelerating the food security of the nation starting from the house level,” added Chirau.