The ZANU PF Youth League elective conference roars into life today with foreign delegates from sister liberation movements having arrived in the country yesterday.
The conference, running under the theme, “Vision 2030: Revitalise, Empower, and Involve the Youth,” will be officially opened today by the President and ZANU PF’s First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The foreign delegates that jetted in for the conference include those from Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) and Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi, among other delegates.
The conference is expected to elect a substantive Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs and other office bearers as most of the current National Executive have passed the age of 35 and no longer eligible to hold posts in the Youth League.
In a show of democracy within the Party last week, ZANU PF held provincial elections where youths voted for members who will contest for posts at the national level. In Harare, Cdes Tendai Chiwetu, Luckmore Gapa, Taurai Kundishaya and Tsitsi Tawombera were voted to be in the National Executive.
Manicaland Province voted for Munashe Mabika, Mutomba Blessing, Danmore Mambondiani and Phillipa Mukoko while Mashonaland Central voted for Makumbe Tsungai, Macdonald Mbungo, Pindukai Tendai and Murungweni Abigail to be in the National Youth Executive.
From Mashonaland East Province, Joel Matiza, Mudowo Tawanda, Beatrice Kamuche and Nyerere Margaret were voted to contest for positions at the Youth Conference, and each Province chose four members to contest positions.
Meanwhile, over 2000 delegates are expected to attend the conference.