The AAG operates outside ZANU-PF structures and some within the party do not like the way the organisation conducts itself. Information secretary Nick Mangwana publicly castigated Chimombe for the way he dressed when meeting Mnangagwa. He said Chimombe didn’t respect the office of the president.
Critics argue that the attempt by ZANU-PF to secure support from the pastors’ followers will not work because the party is using individuals who rely on patronage to earn a living. Hence, they don’t represent the masses and their aspirations.
“Passion Java and Uebert Angel were recruited to bring young followers to ZANU-PF in 2023 from their areas of influence — church and showbiz. But both are questionable pastors. Zimbabwe’s young people have agency, they reason, they are logical and can make wise decisions,” said Pedzisai Ruhanya, a human rights law fellow.
The MDC Alliance and pro-democracy civil society organisations argue that youths will only experience a prosperous Zimbabwe through a say on the ballot. As such, the opposition has launched a voter-registration campaign.
EU-Zimbabwe honorary ambassador for youth, sports and gender Tanyaradzwa Muzinda, who is also Zimbabwe’s motocross star, said in a tweet that youths are marginalised and should vote for change, not be duped.
“A few successful people in the middle of millions of poor youths is not a true success story, it’s a fraud. Youths don’t need miracle money and handouts, they need a working economy where systems work for everyone. Youths fight for your own success not for Clowns.”- Timeslive