Harare, June 20, 2016 – MDC-T youths have vowed they will not allow Zanu PF supporters to continue victimising them while they did nothing about the abuses.
MDC-T national youth assembly chair, Happymore Chidziva declared at a belated Day of the African Child commemorative event in Harare on Sunday party youths will defend themselves against attacks.
According to the Zimbabwe Peace Project’s monthly reports on political violations in the country, Zanu PF has continuously dominated the perpetrators list, often with no action by the police.
MDC-T youths said they will use the same violence to defend themselves.
“Zanu PF has no more monopoly over violence. We can be more violent than them. I want to tell those in Zanu PF, especially those in the central intelligence who are here, that we are here to plan the removal of Robert Mugabe,” he said.
Chidziva accused Zanu PF supporters of stealing an MDC-T flag in Harare’s Kambuzuma high density suburb insisting this was an attempt to provoke them.
“I have heard that they removed the MDC-T flag from our offices in Kambuzuma. Youths, that flag must come back by all means necessary.
“We want that flag to be brought back to Harvest House (party HQ) within a week. I want to warn Zanu PF that right now everyone wearing a Zanu PF t-shirt is a suspect. We are not playing games; we need that flag because I am going to attack everyone who is Zanu PF because they took our flag,” he said.
Chidziva urged fellow MDC-T youths to join the more than a dozen activists who have been staging demonstrations at the Africa Unity Square against President Robert Mugabe’s rule.
The activists are demanding good governance from the veteran leader’s government.
“We have come to the last hurdle and it is the most critical period. We do not have to be afraid because we are almost there,” he said.
Chidziva said the youths felt let down by Zanu PF, which has failed to deliver the 2.2 million fresh jobs it promised during the run-up to the 2013 elections.
He said the youths must come together and vote in their numbers to dislodge President Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, adding they should take a cue from South African students who were gunned down as they rose against the then Apartheid regime in 1976.
Chidziva critiqued the planned industrial induction, saying it was meant to indoctrinate the youths.
“He wants every child to be indoctrinated into Zanu PF and that will not happen,” Chidziva added.
“Mugabe is also introducing compulsory industrial induction, those attachments for forms three and four where children will be attached to the Zimbabwe National Army is re-introducing the national youth service through the back door.
“It is not right for a youth below the age of 18 to be trained to hold a gun and kill people while being used by Mugabe, we are saying no to that.”