The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has sponsored 20 ZANU PF youths to attend an ideological exchange programme of ruling parties from the former Frontline States in Tanzania.
The Frontline States (FLS) were a loose coalition of African countries from the 1960s to the early 1990s committed to ending apartheid and white minority rule in South Africa and Rhodesia [Zimbabwe].
ZANU PF secretary for finance Patrick Chinamasa addressed the youths and some ZANU PF supporters during the send-off ceremony held at the party headquarters in Harare on Monday, 22 May.
Chinamasa urged the youths to be good ambassadors during the duration of their training at the Julius Nyerere School of Ideology in Tanzania. He said:
The Chinese Communist Party always wants us to remain on the revolutionary path and they are sponsoring the 12-day seminar.
Speaking at the same event, former ZANU PF deputy secretary for youth affairs Tendai Chirau, who is leading the delegation, said:
Former liberation parties will share ideas. ZANU PF is based on ideology and we have always worked with such liberation movements.
Remember the Communist Party of China provided weaponry and military training to our comrades so that we attain the independence we are enjoying today.
We have the Frontline States like Frelimo from Mozambique which is going to be part of the leadership training, and we have worked with such liberation movements.
The 12-day seminar is set to begin this Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Some of the liberation movements attending the ideological exchange programme are Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi, People’s Movement for the Liberation (MPLA) of Angola and the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) of Namibia.