The National Youth Assembly takes great exception at the recent conduct of the party’s two vice presidents, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri together with the party’s Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora. It is our understanding that the trio are currently in Cape Town South Africa attending a Coalition Building Workshop. 

Their participation at such forum directly violates a National Council resolution which exclusively mandated the President to deal with such issues. The President is on public record to have turned down a similar invitation to attend a similar workshop conducted by the same facilitators. The action by the trio shows great disrespect, not only for the National Council resolution but also shows disdain for the party president who, in accordance with the National Council decision had refused to associate with such exercises conducted by non Zimbabweans and abroad. 

The President’s decision in this regard was influenced by another National Council resolution that one of the guiding principles of the party in alliance building is that it should be done by Zimbabweans and in Zimbabwe. The workshop in South Africa is being facilitated by foreigners. What is most disturbing is news filtering through that attempts are being made to bring back the discredited former President, Robert Mugabe through the backdoor being pioneered through this process. The MDC Alliance is a lasting legacy endowed to us by the Party President, and a great visionary, Dr. Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. 

As the Youth Assembly it is our duty to defend this legacy and condemn with neither fear nor favour, any element bent on rubbishing this legacy, especially those who go against the agreed party position in pursuit of agendas that do not serve the interests of the party or the generality of Zimbabweans whom we serve. 

In light of the above, we demand the convening of an urgent National Executive and National Council meetings to redirect the party focus in line with agreed party positions. This is particularly in view of the fact that none of the delegates attending the workshop in Cape Town is mandated by either the National Council nor delegated by the President to act on his behalf in executing the resolutions passed by the National Council in that regard. 

We continue praying for the speedy recovery of the President and wait to welcome him to the battlefront as we continue the quest for the true liberation and emancipation of the Zimbabwean citizens, which has so far been withheld from them by the evil and deceitful pseudo military regime fronted by Zanu PF.

Derailing the people’s movement is akin to betraying the people of Zimbabwe who suffered through several dark epochs in our history from the liberation struggle, gukurahundi, post 2000 election related violence, operation murambatsvina, and other such episodes. The young people have no option but to preserve the future of this nation, and our lasting legacy to the generations to come. We owe it to posterity as our generational mandate to secure a better future for our children. We call upon all the young people in this national to rally behind our noble cause and converge with us in the execution of this generational mandate. 

We call upon all youth to join us in support of an alliance of hope, an alliance of vigilance, an alliance positive action, an alliance for a brighter future, an alliance for active youth engagement.

All Youth Structures country wide are hereby directed to safeguard the founding principles of the Party, the legacy and values of our visionary leader Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Until a further statement is issued, this remains the official position of the National Youth Assembly.

Happymore Chidziva
Ldr Cde Bvondo
National Youth Commander