We shall defend people's vote- MDC Youth

Around 3 000 MDC supporters gathered yesterday at Induba Grounds in Mpopoma constituency, Bulawayo, for the Presidential Campaign Launch Youth Rally. The gathering, organised by the Bulawayo province MDC Youth Assembly, was meant to declare the youths' unwavering support to party Presidential candidate Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.

During the rally, the youths pledged to register as voters and to campaign vigorously for the president. They made it clear that they have suffered enough under the harsh political and economic climate and come election time, will vote for President Tsvangirai. They said they will vote for jobs, investments, food, genuine youth empowerment, quality education, hope and other programmes the party has undertaken to arrest the economic and socio-political decline in the country.

In his keynote address, the MDCYA deputy president Costa Machingauta declared the youths' endorsement of President Tsvangirai as the party's candidate and urged the youths to "defend" their votes, saying they should not allow the 2008 scenario to repeat itself. "We are declaring our support to the candidature of President Morgan Tsvangirai, pledge to vote in our millions and subsequently our commitment to defend our election victory," adding, "We are going to defend our vote, parents, communities and our economy. Do not be intimidated by the continued arrests and harassment of our leaders and members, is the last kick of a dying horse"

Speaking at the same occasion MDCYA spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo challenged the youth to take the leading role in making sure that change has come to our beloved nation. He encouraged them to emulate their Zambian counterparts, who contributed significantly in President Michael Sata's victory in the recent Zambian election: "Youths are key players in this struggle, lets prepare ourselves for the forthcoming plebiscite, let's show Mugabe and Zanu Pf that we are tired of them.

We are the game changers, this is our era."

MDCYA Bulawayo province chairperson Temba Nyathi also encouraged the youths to go and register as voters and to vote for change, saying, "We are going to vote in peace for Morgan Tsvangirai."

The lively rally was characterised by dance and music, with Murimoga's song: Vechidiki vanoiziva vhoti yavo, vhoti yavo ndiTsvangirai, the most popular. The rally was attended by various MDC officials, among them former National youth chairman Tamsanqa Mahlangu; MDCYA National Secretary for Security, Defense and Intelligence James Chidakwa; Bulawayo National Executive member Mr. Mapungwana; Harare Province MDCYA vice chairman Stanley Manyenga and his executive; Bulawayo Province vice chairperson Hon Dorcas Sibanda, and several MPs and executives of the Youth and Women's Assemblies from the province.

Meanwhile the lawyers representing MDCYA president Solomon Madzore has today successfully filled a high court bail application, the hearing is on Wednesday 12 October 2011 at 0900hours at the High court.

For and on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe

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