by Innocent Mujeri
The ZANU PF Youth League has issued a stern warning to all societal malcontents who are in the habit of bringing the name of the party, the First Family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa into disrepute.
At a press brief by the Party’s Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Tendai Chirau today, the Youth League said people should not hide behind freedom of expression to attack and denigrate the President and the First Family to score cheap political goals.
“Whilst the Youth League acknowledges and appreciates the rights to freedom of expression entitled to the Zimbabwean populace, the League will never stand akimbo whilst the name of the Party, its leadership including the First Family are being brought into disrepute,” said Chirau.
Chirau further warns that the end is nigh for those who are using social media to infringe other people’s rights by peddling threatening and false news.
“The Youth League wishes to send a stern warning to all these unscrupulous members abusing the social media to quench their thirst for mischief that their shenanigans is nigh,” said Chirau.
Chirau also frowned on former police boss, Augustine Chihuri for dragging President Mnangagwa into his corruption court case. He further urged Chihuri to come out from his self-imposed exile and have his day in court instead of denigrating the name of the President.
The Youth League boss also took a swipe at former ZANU PF Youth League National Political Commissar, Godfrey Tsenengamu for trying to come back into the mainstream politics through “subsidized mudslinging and blatant character assassination fuelled by a fertile imagination and hallucinatory self-hypnosis”.
“On the same note, the Youth League is disturbed by a video featuring a slanderous diatribe by the politically rootless, prodigal and nomadic former ZANU PF Youth League PC Godfrey Tsenengamu, in which he unashamedly pours baseless vitriol and poorly veiled, unreasearched corruption allegations against both the ZANU PF led Government and the First Family.
“The video clip, which he recently fed to the social media, amply exposes his desperate desire to secure political capital through subsidised mudslinging and blatant character assassination fuelled by a fertile imagination and hallucinatory self-hypnosis,” said Chirau.
Chirau further warns fierce Government critic and journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and former ZANU PF Harare Province Youth Chairperson Jim Kunaka, that they must desist from inciting people to revolt against Government, as it is retrogressive to national development.
“As the vanguard of the Party, we are very much aware that the enemy is not sleeping trying to find means to remove a democratically elected Government. This is exhibited by the likes of Chin’ono and Kunaka’s antics who on several occasions have unsuccessfully tried to mobilize young Zimbabweans into streets through social media. We strongly caution these two to desist from encouraging our innocent young population from engaging into such dangerous games as they are retrogressive to national development,” said Chirau.
Chirau also said no amount of disrespectful, name-calling by the country’s detractors such as Chin’ono, Tsenengamu and Kunaka will derail the nation’s progress towards attaining President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 of having an upper middle economy by 2030.
In the past few week, detractors have upped their ante, spreading fake news through social media in a bid to discredit President Mnangagwa’s efforts of reviving the economy which has suffered from years of illegal economic sanctions.