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MDC Youths to confront Zanu PF over failing economy

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

The newly elected MDC Youth Assembly has declared June as the month of confronting Zanu PF over the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters, MDC Youth Assembly chairman Obey Sithole said the Nelson Chamisa-led party will not allow Zanu8 PF to continue oppressing citizens hence the need to seek redress.

“As progressive young people of Zimbabwe we are concerned about the deteriorating socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe, we will not watch powerlessly while citizens are being oppressed.

“It is against this background that this assembly has agreed on a confrontational approach in dealing with this corrupt and illegitimate military regime and we are declaring June our month of radicalization,” he said.

The youth assembly said it is ready to save the nation from extinction and that they will not buckle.

“The answers to the national question lie in this generation which has a future to safeguard. As the MDC Youth Assembly, we are going to set the pace in making sure that we save this nation from extinction.

“We are unapologetic and neither are we afraid to take this regime head on to ensure that we bring back the dignity and decorum of our people,” said Sithole.

Quizzed on how they will mobilise for the mass action, the youth chairman said the sinking economy alone will push the people into the streets.

“The economy has already radicalised people and the role of the party is just to lead the protests which are a constitutional right,” he said.

The announcement by the youth assembly comes at a time when there are reports that the state is beefing up its security with indications that police officers are undergoing rigorous paramilitary training in anticipation of mass protests.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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