By Tafara Chikumira
THERE was an overwhelming response to MenBelievED mobilisation campaign in Silobela as youths came in their numbers to celebrate the works of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in uplifting the lives of the marginalised in society.
Thousands of youths from across Silobela district thronged Python business centre near Jena mine to witness the campaign which was punctuated by an array of entertainment activities.
The event saw youths battling it out in various sporting disciplines with officials from the MenBelievED forum taking advantage of the event to assist youths in registering to vote and getting the necessary registration requirements.
“Its encouraging that we have been remembered here in Silobela. I want to thank the MenBelieved team for assisting me on issues to do with registering to vote. They have also made it very clear that our future should be decided by us the young people and as such am looking forward to vote for the first time, said a youth from the area.
“I am very grateful that I have since been enlightened on the good works being carried by the President towards the development of our country. Some of the issues raised here have given me the eagerness to be part of President Mnangagwa’s vision,” added another.
“It’s refreshing that these guys have brought sport to this part of the world. We have been united and managed to get entertainment at the same time through this initiative. They should do it again in future so that we keep occupied.”
On the entertainment side, Chief Hwenje headlined the act which also featured Tongai Moyo Junior and Ronny Mudhindo.
The MenBelievED leadership say they will continue with their campaign as a way to highlight the vision of President Emmerson Mnangagwa to all corners of the country.
Mr Clifford Makiwa MenBelievED Midlands chapter chairperson, “We want to add value to what the President has been doing. We are alive to the fact that some remote areas have no access to newspapers and radios meaning they are missing out on what President Mnangagwa is doing to develop this nation. We have taken it upon ourselves to say let’s go out there and share his great works so that the youths might be inspired and leave out doing drugs.”
Sables chemicals spokesperson Mr Munyaradzi Mandishona who represented the business community which came on board in support of the initiative, expressed appreciation for the operating environment being availed by President Mnangagwa.
“Our presence in supporting this cause is a sign of gratitude to President Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe is open for business mantra. We are saying the President has opened opportunities for us as business to flourish in a safe environment so anything done in his support count us in,” he said.
The event also witnessed some tears of joy as several social clubs which took part in the sporting extravaganza got consolation prizes for their efforts.