White-owned businesses must pay: Zanu youths
by Zwanai Sithole
Zanu (PF) youths have resolved to force white company owners in the city to
contribute cash towards the hosting of the party’s national annual people’s
conference scheduled here in December.
The resolution to solicit cash from white-owned companies was reached at the
party’s Bulawayo province annual youth conference held at Davies Hall last
According to party sources who attended the meeting, all the party’s organs
which includes the women’s league, the youth and the main party wing are
required to raise specific amounts of money for the hosting of the
conference, which the party’s President Robert Mugabe has declared will be
turned into a congress.
“Bulawayo youth province has been asked to raise $5,000 for hosting the
conference. There is no way we can raise that amount except to get donations
from the Americans and British who are plundering our own resources while
the local people are suffering. We have compiled a list of all whites who
owns mines in the city and next week we will start moving door-to-door
demanding cash for the conference,” said a Magwegwe party district official
who attended the congress.
During the meeting, all party youths who are illegally occupying white-owned
buildings in the city were ordered to surrender to the party all the rental
proceeds they are getting.
“There are some of our comrades who are individually benefitting from
the buildings which we liberated from white capitalists. As sons and
daughters of a revolutionary party, we agreed during the meeting that no
individual should benefit from those buildings but instead the money should
go towards the hosting of our national conference,” said another youth who
attended the conference.
The youths also endorsed the octogenarian leader as the party’s presidential
candidate in next year’s elections.
Representatives from all the province’s District Coordinating Committees
attended the meeting, together with politburo members.
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