The Sunday News
Simba Jemwa, Sunday News Correspondent
YOUTHS are set to become key beneficiaries of the Second Republic’s Vision 2030 which seeks to achieve an empowered and prosperous upper middle-income society by 2030 while also address economic imbalances.
Addressing youths drawn from the Bulawayo’s 60 party districts at Davies Hall yesterday, Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde John Paradza said he had been tasked by President Mnangagwa to identify mining opportunities for youths.
“As a party we are aware that the youths are crying for job opportunities. As a result, I asked the President to provide us with mines and he tasked me and my executive to identify the opportunities that are there that will expressly benefit the youth of this country. We are in the process of doing this and very soon we will be reporting back to the President,” Cde Paradza told a well attended inter-district youth meeting. We want places which will be identified as belonging to the youths of this country who are protecting the legacy of our revolution. The President is aware of our needs and committed to empowering the youth of this country.”
Cde Paradza also told the youths that the Second Republic was in the process of identifying arable farming land that will be allocated to the youth who are interested in agriculture. He said efforts were being made to ensure that youths are afforded an equal opportunity to being home owners.
“When the first land reform was conducted many of our youth were still children and did not benefit from it, but this is being addressed. As we speak, lists are being compiled so that land is allocated to our youth,” he said.
The Youth League leader who is also Gutu West Member of Parliament also revealed that he had met the chief executive of Empower Bank, Mr Shadreck Mhembere to address problems faced by the youth in accessing loans from the lending institution that was created to [providing seed funding.
“I met with the chief executive of Empower Bank and we reached an agreement that the youth must access loan from the bank with no need for collateral. We agreed that going forward, as the youth league we can put forward deserving names who should access funding,” he said.
Cde Paradza called on the party’s youth to defend the President and to defend the party.