by David Chandisaita
The Emmerphoria vibe has suffused the Bulawayo atmosphere, the cacophony of youths busying themselves with preparations for the ZANU PF Star Rally slated for White City Stadium on Saturday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to address over 30 000 party supporters at the main event.
Harare Post managed to briefly interrupt the visibly busy Bulawayo Province Zanu PF Youth Chairperson, Cde Khumbulani Mpofu, to catch a glimpse of Saturday’s Star rally.
“We are expecting over 30 000 party supporters from the Provinces’ 102 districts. The majority of the attendants would be youths, since the President is addressing economic issues that are set to improve the livelihoods of young Zimbabweans,” he said.
Making an emphasis on the need to capture the youth vote, Cde Mpofu accentuated, “the youths are the majority of registered voters so the President has insured that his programmes capture their aspirations.”
The youths hyped up the preparations by holding a series of events on Friday including a roadshow and a clean-up campaign at Pelandaba Clinic and its surrounding suburbs.
ZANU PF Secretary for External Relations in the National Youth League, Cde Sibongile Sibanda, in a conversation with the Harare Post, put the events into a picturesque perspective.
“People are excited because this is a historical event, because this is where the President and First Secretary of the party, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired. We have a number of events lined up ahead of the Star Rally; we are holding a roadshow with 200 or more cars and later on we are going to have a clean-up campaign at Pelandaba Clinic and the surrounding townships,” said Sibanda.