By Bulawayo Correspondent
FORMER Makokoba legislator Tshinga Dube has lamented what he described as the sidelining of youths by the ruling Zanu PF party in Bulawayo.
He reckons the problem is responsible for the party’s perennial election losses in the city.
Since the formation of the then MDC party in 1999, Zanu PF has struggled to win even single parliamentary seat in the city.
2016 was the only exception when Dube and five other Zanu PF members won by-elections, which were boycotted by the opposition.
Dube lost the elections in Makokoba constituency in 2008, 2013 as well as the recently held July 30 vote.
Speaking at a “farewell” rally in the constituency on Saturday, Dube said Zanu PF was being led by old people in the city who were not sensitive to the needs of young people.
“We do not have youths in Zanu PF,” he said.
“That is the reason why you always see the same old folks getting and contesting this and that position in the party. We do not have youths.
“The party needs programmes that also excite the youths like what is the case with the opposition.”
The former war veterans’ minister said most youths in the city tend to be attracted by opposition activities.
“Our youths tend to get excited by the opposition and not Zanu PF. Every time when an opposition party is formed, our youths tend to join those parties,” he said.
The former Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) boss also told his supporters that he had enough of the electoral losses and wowed to never context in the constituency again.
“I have done enough for Makokoba. I have Makokoba at my heart but in life there comes a time when one says enough is enough,” he said.
“I will remain indebted to those that stood with me during this election as well as previous elections but, for now, I have taken a decision not to contest again,” he added.
The outgoing legislator also donated tonnes of rice and mealie meal to people who attended the event, which was held at Stanley Square.