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Zanu-PF youths warned against using photos with ED to commit crimes

Zanu-PF Secretary for Finance Patrick Chinamasa has warned party youths against using photo opportunities with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intimidate the public and commit various crimes.

Speaking at the Zanu-PF National Executive Council of the Youth League induction workshop held in Harare on Wednesday, Chinamasa warned the youths against name dropping and engaging in corrupt activities.

“You should not, as Zanu-PF Youths, use the opportunities you may have had of photo shoots with His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa and use those photos to intimidate the population and to commit various crimes,” he said.

“Pasi ne Name Dropping.”

The former Finance Minister further advised the youths to identify enemies of the party and defend it.

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“Further that we should in a scientific manner identify who the enemy is who has a habit of mutating. The youths should play its role as the vanguard of the Party like the role they played during the liberation struggle; the current youth should defend the party from its enemies.

“I call upon all Youth League members to remain loyal, honest, steadfast and vigilant in light of the enemy’s machinations against our party and government. You are the eyes and ears of the party. It is your duty to guard it against infiltrations, divisions and disunity.”

Incoming Youth League chairman Tinoda (Tino) Machakaire also warned his constituency against name-dropping the First Family.

“Indiscipline through name dropping of the President and First Family taking advantage of our proximity to the President and First Family should stop forthwith. We cannot be leaders who abuse the name of our principal in so doing bringing the name of the Party into disrepute.

“Zanu-PF is a peace loving Party and as such carrying out violent behaviours using the name of Party for self-aggrandisement is a non-forgivable offence. Social media abuse is retrogressive to national development,” he added.

Last week the ruling Zanu-PF party tried to distance itself from the political violence in Murewa which saw elderly men and women being viciously assaulted and interrogated for attending a gathering of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

A video which has gone viral shows Zanu-PF thugs accosting villagers and flogging them ruthlessly with logs for convening in a meeting in Bhunu, Murehwa, Mashonaland East.