African youths salute President Mugabe

Leonard Ncube in Victoria Falls

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President Mugabe is a father and inspiration to all African youths, and should be supported in ridding the continent of imperialism, youths in Zanu-PF and sister African liberation movements said yesterday.

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At the 21st February Movement celebrations here, Zanu-PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi said: “We will not hesitate to name and shame any officials who will be working against our revolution and your (President Mugabe’s) leadership for there is only one centre of power. All those still engaging in ‘Gamatox’ activities should be warned: shape up or ship out.

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“This year’s event takes place at a time when the party and country have gone through some historic milestones. After successfully hosting the 6th National People’s Congress, the region and continent acknowledged your exceptional leadership qualities and gave you a vote of confidence.

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“Your election is one of the biggest anti-imperialist activities of all time as it saw you once more defeating the country’s detractors who tried in vain to block your victory through various dirty tricks which included pouring in of large sums of money in a bid to influence African leaders not to vote for you.

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“Your leadership of the AU will no doubt reignite the Pan-African revolutionary flame as per the principles of the founding fathers. This role is indeed Divine as you are the only surviving leader who was present when (the OAU, the AU’s predecessor) was born.”

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The Youth League Secretary (Gauteng Province) of South Africa’s ruling ANC, Cde Bones Modise, added: “We are here to wish President Mugabe a happy birthday. We are told he is an icon of the struggle in Zimbabwe, but, in our view as a party, Cde Mugabe is an icon of the revolution in Sadc and Africa as a whole.

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“We believe as AU Chair, he is going to hit on the head of imperialists (such as) the International Criminal Court. ANC and Zanu-PF are inseparable as our leaders worked in the same trenches when the two parties were planning to overthrow colonial rule.”

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Cde Serge Kadima — the head of PPRD national youth affairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo — said his party owed its success to President Mugabe.

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“For PPRD Youth League, President Mugabe is like a father because we know what he is always doing for our country. He is always close and available when we fight and comes with solutions. Our country needs peace and he is always there to help.

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“Our party learnt a lot from Zanu-PF and that alone shows how close the two parties are. That is why we are invited to every event and we invite them as well.”

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Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s Cde Sixtus Mapunda (Tanzania) hailed Zanu-PF for co-founding Africa’s revolution.

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“When you talk about revolution in Africa we talk about parties such as Zanu-PF, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, ANC, Swapo and a few others. We work like brothers and sisters because we have a common belief in ending any form of exploitation in Africa.

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“We are elated by attending these celebrations so that we learn from His Excellency as the remaining leader from all founding fathers.”

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A youth representative of Namibia’s ruling Swapo said President Mugabe was an inspiration.

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“President Mugabe is an inspiration to everyone. We want to invite you, President, to our founding President’s 86th birthday on 12 May.”