By Griffiths Ncube, HourlyHits Reporter
THE late Transport and Infrastructure Development minister Joel Matiza’s son, Batsirai, has been accused of disrespecting the ruling party’s structures hierarchy in Mashonaland East as well as the entire Zanu-PF leadership.
Matiza died early this year due to Covid-19 related complications, and was buried at the national heroes acre.
Batsirai announced his interests in politics after declaring that he was taking over all unfinished projects started by his late father in the Murewa South constituency.
The announcement has caused ructions in Mashonaland East Province where he is eyeing the youth league top post, as there has emerged some forces within his party that he has unsettled and who seem determined to use all means fair and foul to stop him.
Batsirai, who is eying the post of provincial youth league chairmanship post, has been moving around some of the districts, especially Goromonzi mobilising support ahead of the provincial elections set for before October.
A letter dated August 8, addressed to provincial youth league political commissar Lincoln Matare and signed by Goromonzi DCC youth chairperson Arthur Chidenhe, accuses Batsirai of breaching Covid-19 rules as well as breaching the party’s directives on campaigning.
“He disrespectfully entered Goromonzi District and called the youths for a meeting without my knowledge as the incumbent youth Secretary for the district. Not only is he disrespecting me, but the entire Zanu-PF leadership as well as violating the Covid 19 restrictions put in place by the government of Zimbabwe in order to curb the pandemic,” wrote Chidenhe.
Chidenhe appeared to have panicked after Batsirai launched a youth empowerment trust in Goromonzi, and vowed to take the same initiative across the entire province in the next few weeks.
The current provincial youth chairman is Kelvin Mutsvairo who is reportedly eying to replace the late Matiza as the provincial chairperson.
Batsirai, who in 2019 graduated at the Pennsylvania State University in the US with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, is said to be well-loaded in terms of resources and is pulling no stops to land the chairperson’s post.
He had gone to the US intending to study architecture, the profession that gave his late father fame and fortune, but dropped the idea for finance after he attended a trip to Wall Street in New York.
“Personal and business ambitions aside, I look forward to working with other Zimbabweans to building a better and more sustainable nation. My heart lies with my people and I look forward to the day that our hard work will better our nation,” the young Matiza says.
Only last week Batsirai announced he had formed the ME Youth Development Trust, which he says is targeting to empower young people in the province with life changing skills.
Batsirai said his trust is an empowerment vehicle that will produce recognisable businessmen and women over the years, and he chairs it.
“Youths in the province need inclusion and I am happy to be part of the Trust as it provides young people in the region with a platform to be heard. We would like to empower the youths through various ventures such as provision of mining equipment,” said Batsirai.
The organisation will have representatives from the provinces nine districts namely Chikomba, Goromonzi, Marondera, Mudzi, Murehwa, Mutoko, Seke, Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe and Wedza.
Me Youth Development Trust has already begun operations in Goromonzi, empowering youths.