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Mash East Zanu PF youths demand housing stands ahead of Mugabe's visit

19/05/2017 00:00:00
by Mashonaland East Correspondent
 
 
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MARONDERA: Zanu PF youths in Mashonaland East have given an ultimatum to its leadership demanding to be allocated housing stands head of President Robert Mugabe's visit early next month.

The demand was made this week when Youth League leaders met with the resident minister, Ambrose Mutinhiri, youth affairs minister, Patrick Zhuwao and the provincial chairperson, Bernard Makokove to prepare for Mugabe's visit set for 3 June at Rudhaka Stadium.

The youths said it was important that they be allocated residential stands within the next two weeks so they would be able to "show appreciation and thank President Mugabe for empowering them".

"President Mugabe said, 'we as youths must be empowered'. Therefore, we need to be totally empowered through acquiring land," one youth said at the meeting.

"As youths, we have nothing to show at the moment. We need something to show our appreciation to President Mugabe. What is delaying this issue which the President has already cleared? Cities like Harare are rolling out the programme when Mashonaland East is dragging its feet," the youth member said.

However, Constance Mushore, an Urban Development Cooperation (UDCORP) official who was present at the meeting, told the youths that most land in the province was surrounded by farms, making it difficult to allocate them land for housing.

"Most of our towns are surrounded by farms. To this end, we are in the process of negotiating with these farmers to pave way for us to demarcate residential stands whilst we also identify other open spaces for them to continue with their farming activities," Mushore.

However, the youths, led by the provincial youth chairperson, Kelvin Mutsvairo, insisted that they should be allocated the land before 3 June, only two weeks away.

"When the president comes, make sure you tell him that we have so far given youths farming and residential land. We need to know how many youths have received residential stands. So start initiating and give us land now," Mutsvairo demanded.

Zhuwao told the youths that his ministry was at an advanced stage in launching a commercial bank to cater for the empowerment of the youths and that an application for a licence had been forwarded to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for consideration.

 



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