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Youths of Zimbabwe PM's Party Apply for Controversial Empowerment Funds

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party youths say they have started applying for funds meant to give locals a head-start in business under the government's controversial indigenization program.

According to the MDC, youths from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF have largely benefited from the program, resulting in the MDC youths taking the collective decision not to boycott the scheme.

Deputy Youth and Indigenisation Minister Tongai Matutu, from the Tsvangirai MDC, told VOA his party was not against the government's indigenization drive but the way the Zanu PF arm of the government has been implementing it.

He says Mr. Mugabe's Zanu PF hijacked the program in a bid to lure voters ahead of possible polls that President Mugabe wants held this year.

Matutu said the youths are not seeking to cut corners but will follow all laid down steps required to access the funds.

He said the scheme should also benefit other youths who have nothing to do with politics.