MDC youths threaten protests


MDC Bulawayo youth provincial chairperson Shephard Dube has said they would stage protests against the Zanu PF-led government programmes in a bid to force action on key national issues.


Dube said the decision would be reached at a youth convention in the middle of this month to map the way forward.

He told Southern Eye that the youth wing of the MDC formation led by Welshman Ncube was ready for any drastic action after the convention.

“MDC youth assembly will behaving a convention on June 14 and will also commemorate the June 16 Sharpeville massacres. During the convention, delegates will discuss the gradual economic decline, review the 2013 Constitution, look into declining service delivery and post-independence Zimbabwe, among other issues,” Dube said.

“Whatever decision taken would be acted upon. We will seek an audience with the Zanu PF government to present our resolution. But knowing Zanu PF’s arrogance, we will hold protests in the city if they ignore us and also lobby other youths countrywide to boycott all government programmes,” Dube said.

Asked if the party leaders would sanction the protests, Dube said they believed and hoped that their leaders would abide by the party’s constitution.

“Resolutions taken by the youth assembly, which is a constitutionally assembled body, are binding and the leaders will abide by them, so we have no issue here, he said.”

Zanu PF has been struggling to revive the collapsing economy and cash shortages to finance its much taunted economic blueprint ZimAsset.

The government requires at least $27 billion to fund projects under ZimAsset, but has been struggling to attract the required funding largely due to policy inconsistences in the country.