Ghana/Namibia: Penplusbytes trains youth on Ethical Video Production under MiL Youth Project

As part of efforts to promote Media and Information Literacy in Ghana, Penplusbytes and DW Akademie is training some selected youth groups across the country on how to effectively produce videos to tell compelling stories.

The three-day intensive workshop which begun on October 16, is aimed at equipping young people with the prerequisite skills to produce and edit video contents that are ethical, well-informed and engaging using new digital technologies and software applications.

The workshop is being facilitated by experts from the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) and some top-notch broadcast media houses in Ghana.

Topics such as Planning for Video Production, TV/online News Gathering, Ethical Video Production characterized the first session of the training and they are expected to cover other areas such as Basic Camera Movements, Visual Communication Techniques as well as Video Editing with mobile phone applications by the end of the third day.

Prior to the video production workshop, Penplusbytes in partnership with DW Akademie last month, trained over forty youths in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions on information verification dubbed ‘Fight the Fake!’The aim of this workshop was to expose the youth to the realities and the negative implications of fake news, misinformation, cyber-bullying and the need to critically assess and evaluate media content especially those online.

In addition, Penplusbytes and MiLLi Namibia on September 30, 2019 launched the “Ghana/Namibia Show and Share Video Competition” which requested the youth between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five to share their social media experiences in a one-minute 30 seconds video.

Three entries in Ghana and three in Namibia, judged to be the most creative and original videos will be awarded with iPhones and other mobile kits to enable them produce quality and exciting videos that speak to the needs of the youth in Ghana and Namibia.

According to the Executive Director of Penplusbytes Juliet A. Amoah, young people are faced with new realities when it comes to using and participating in media and social media hence, the need for Penplusbytes as a tech-based organization to help them navigate through this emerging area.

“Penplusbytes wants to be at the forefront of MiL interventions in Ghana because we believe that young people need to efficiently produce, consume and utilize media content,” she said.

Deputy Director and Head of Programmes, Mr Jerry Sam said that the Video Production Workshop, the Fight the Fake youth training and MiL experts’ round table discussions planned for the coming weeks are a precursor to the celebration of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week slated to take place from October 24 to 312019.

The theme for this years’ Global Media and Information Literacy Week is MiL Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered.

Source News Ghana

NAMIBIA: YOUTH WANT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PRIORITISED

THE country’s education system is theory-orientated, and places limited emphasis on vocational education, thereby hampering youth skills development, a recent study has found.

The study stated that the inclusion of more technical subjects to give pupils a wider range to choose from through aptitude tests will help determine diverse career paths.

The parliamentary standing committee on human resources and community development revealed this in its study on youth skills development and unemployment.

The report, which gauged the employability of the youth in various regions across the country, was conducted between May 2017 and June 2018.

It found that the Zambezi region tops the list of unskilled youth, followed by the two Kavango regions.

The committee also found that there are no vocational training centres in the central //Kharas region, and it’s too costly for the community to send children to Lüderitz in terms of transport, accommodation and fees.

“Although there are a University of Namibia satellite campus at Keetmanshoop as well as the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology, the training costs remain too high,” the committee found.

The community requested the ministry of education to reintroduce practical subjects to enable the youth to employ themselves after high school, and to generate income to sustain themselves.

“The ministry of education should reintroduce practical subjects like sewing, carpentry and agriculture,” the community demanded.

The //Kharas community also indicated that the distance to the Namcol centre situated at Keetmanshoop is making it difficult for the largely rural youths to access.

//Kharas also has a number of mines, but the youth don’t benefit a lot from them as more entry-level posts are filled by people from other regions, with a lack of skills and nepotism being blamed, the community revealed to the committee.

The youth furthermore urged the ministry of education to make it a requirement for mining companies to employ a certain number of locals, and to make the training of youth in various aspects of mining part of their corporate social responsibility.

The youth informed the committee that the private sector can play a vital role in solving the skills and jobs mismatch by designing training courses required by the market, as opposed to the status quo where tertiary training centres set up the training courses.

“The private sector needs to be involved in the design and implementation of training courses as a way to overcome the shortages of skills,” the //Kharas youth urged.

The committee found that Koës, also in //Kharas, has no secondary schools, no youth centre, and a large number of unqualified primary school teachers.

The youth there bemoaned the fact that there are no alternatives for Grade 10 dropouts, and highlighted factors which worsen the lack of skills amongst the youth.

The committee found that 64% of the Koës community is illiterate, while the lack of proficiency in English as the official language in the country is dashing their hopes of success in everything they try out.

The community thus pleaded with the village council not to charge a lot for them to utilise empty buildings in the village for various entrepreneurial activities.

Meanwhile, the youth in the Hardap region echoed similar sentiments that the government should bring back technical subjects in schools as not everyone is academically gifted, and some want to explore their vocational abilities at school level.

The Hardap youth demanded through the committee that the “curriculum be upgraded at least after every year, and technical qualifications be recognised by the qualifications authority”.

They also informed the committee that they need Nust and Unam satellite offices in the region, as their parents cannot afford accommodation and transport costs to Keetmans­hoop.

The youth likewise asked the government to review the requirements for agricultural and technical training so that more youths can have access and participate in these courses.

OMAHEKE, GOBABIS

In Omaheke, the youth want the government to increase its budget, noting that more is needed for one to acquire market-related skills as they cannot even afford training to write comprehensive business plans for their ideas.

“When we have vacant positions in the regions, most of the local youths do not have the necessary skills, and then people from other regions are appointed,” the community revealed to the committee.

The community condemned the high costs as well as high requirements for Cosdec and other vocational training institutions, as the majority are farmworkers and don’t earn enough to send their children to higher educational institutions. The Omaheke community recommended that a Kayec type of practical training programme be rolled out extensively as they have lower requirements. The standing committee, chaired by Liina Namupala, submitted the recommendations based on their regional findings to Cabinet.

According to the Namibian Statistics Agency’s 2018 survey, youth unemployment (46,1%), which is only 3,9% away from affecting half of the youth population in the country as the economy, policies and structures struggle to place them.

The NDP5 (2017 to 2022) plans on reducing the youth unemployment rate from 46,1 % to 33%, the national unemployment rate from 33,4% to 24%, and the rural unemployment rate from 45,8% to 20% within two years.

Source The Namibian

3,200 Ghanaian Youths Trained in Entrepreneurship

Three thousand two hundred young Ghanaians have received entrepreneurship training covering areas such as product design, starting a business and financial management.

The beneficiaries were drawn from the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions

Mr Allan Rutt, Country Director, British Council Ghana who announced this at an SME trade festival dubbed ‘Jobs for youth’ held in Accra to enhance and sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of the youth.

He said after their training, the beneficiaries were inducted into the enterprise club, which organised business talks, facilitated networking and providing business information and support.

The Country Director said after the entrepreneurship training, 400 enterprises were selected from the trainings of British Council, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and NBSSI to receive three months business incubation services that enabled them to develop their enterprises and innovations into viable businesses.

He indicated that, Ghana had a young population and estimated that 75 per cent of Ghana’s population is under 35 years.

Adding that “considering the valuable potential of young people, this initiative presents a huge opportunity for Ghana to build and grow its developing economy”.

He stressed that, to maximise the potential of young people to contribute to the economy, they needed to be provided with the right skills, support and opportunities.

The project he explained was funded by the GIZ and implemented by the British Council, aimed to compliment efforts by the government and other stakeholders in providing sustainable support to young people to create jobs for themselves and other young people through skills development, business incubation and acceleration as well as seed funding, access to markets and networking.

According to Gideon Mankralo, Employment Advisor at GIZ, the organisation is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world and would continually act as a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education.

“Ghana’s economic growth rest largely on the private sector and regardless of the continuous effort by the government and other development partners in implementing interventions towards job creation, youth unemployment and joblessness was still high,” he stated.

Source Ghanaian times

Investment clubs and SACCOs hold secret to empowering Ugandan youth entrepreneurs

In Summary

Uganda, uniquely due to having one of the youngest populations, has many young entrepreneurs. There is also reliable record of many business that are started every year, and similarly many others failing, in the count


I recently participated in a business coaching event, of mainly youthful entrepreneurs, and noted that one of the key challenges they face is the inability to access credit and capitalize their businesses sufficiently.

My advice to them was that youths in business should mainly look to investment clubs and SACCOs for their funding needs. This is because Uganda’s predominantly youthful population implies that many promising entrepreneurs are often unattractive for commercial banks and thus unable to obtain credit from the banks, by virtue of their young age.

Such young entrepreneurs often lack admissible collateral to secure their borrowing and also do not have the benefit of impressive banking histories to convince credit analysts in banks. Banks are actually also normally extremely averse to funding business startups, which form a big proportion of businesses that youths would be looking for capital to facilitate.

A few days after my interaction with the said young entrepreneurs, a friend and business associate of mine brought up this same matter in a brief but insightful social media commentary, indicating the high potential that these clubs and SACCOs hold to transform lives of youths. He also pointed dangers that can destroy them and I will cite those, further on.

Uganda, uniquely due to having one of the youngest populations, has many young entrepreneurs. There is also reliable record of many business that are started every year, and similarly many others failing, in the country. Among many other reasons, some of the businesses fold for lack of capital to facilitate their continued existence and growth. Even with civil society youth programs and government initiatives, it is possibly difficult to satisfy the capital needs of such an entrepreneurial mass of youths that the country has today.

Forming, joining and growing finance vehicles of investment clubs amongst peers are most impactful means of financial liberation for Uganda’s young entrepreneurs. It is no wonder that some banks, even as they may not easily lend to individual youth entrepreneurs in some instances, have singled out and promoted investment club savings groups to empower the youths, among other savers’ groups.

Although investment clubs traditionally are designed to focus on stocks, bonds and other related options, they can be diversified in purpose to avail capital to members and even their associates, through loans extended under flexible terms. In any case young entrepreneurs are often constrained by small financial needs which are within the means of such clubs. Youth SACCOs serve the same purpose, though they may come with more formalities.

These groups have the ultimate advantage that they can be ran, to a large extent, on the terms agreed by members. This creates ease of access to accompanying benefits which in turn results in enhanced impact to the members and others to whom they decide to extend these benefits. Many challenges that youths and startup businesses face from commercial banks when they need loans are therefore eliminated in the process. The groups are normally formed against mutual trust of members, unity of purpose and as they evolve they can enlist formalities which are again agreed upon by the membership. In fact, formalities evolve with the financial advancement and transformation of members which results enhanced financial strength and expansion of potential benefits to be derived from belonging. There is room for exponential growth, since cost of funds obtained from peer-owned investment clubs and SACCOs is way cheaper than bank loans while at the same time the rate of repayment default on such funds is low due to the firm social structure against which these clubs operate.

However, the strengths that these clubs and SACCOs enjoy, mainly drawn out of thin formalities around their operations, often also pose the dangers that threaten their continuity. Key ones include the tendency to compromise records keeping and therefore have no comprehensive evidence of transactions. This complicates resolution of misunderstandings between members when they arise. Lapses in transparency, principles of fairness and accountability, while they would be standalone challenges would get enhanced in an environment where off-record transactions are rife. Also, because these clubs and SACCOs are normally borne of social oneness, they normally suffer from failure to separate them out and handle them as separate entities, independent of relational sentiments. This sets the stage for tumbling down. The clubs and SACCOs grow only against periodic contributions of funds by members and yet, although agreed upon, these can hardly be enforced and some members can lapse and let down others strategically.

Investment clubs and SACCOs, especially those focused on youths, should therefore be highly promoted and encouraged and if possible members should be aided to developed sufficient skills and practices that promote business continuity.

Written By Raymond Mugisha

Raymond is a Chartered Risk Analyst and risk management consultant rmugisha@afriaccent.com

MANY NIGERIAN YOUTHS UNEMPLOYABLE – IVIE TEMITAYO – IBITOYE

Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye, is the lead consultant at Elite Hunters, a recruitment and HR development firm. She speaks with MOBOLA SADIQ about the mistakes many businesses make regarding HR structure and talent management

As the lead consultant at Elite Hunters, what exactly do you do?

I am responsible for developing strategies to attract, develop and retain talent for corporate organisations and SMEs in diverse industries across Nigeria, as well as provide individuals with recruitment opportunities and employability strategies for career growth.

How would you describe your experience as a recruitment and HR development consultant?

My experiences have been very educative and revealing. I have become more aware of the employability gaps amongst potential employees in the country, as well as the mistakes many businesses make regarding HR structure and talent management.

Do you think the labour market is favourable to job seekers?

No; it is highly competitive. Due to the huge mass of unemployed people in the country, there is more pressure on a potential job seeker to stand out in the labour market and invariably get a job.

What are the requisites a job seeker needs to have to compete favourably in the labour market?

A job seeker must have the customised functional and general skill sets required for any job or prospective employer. By general skill sets, I mean emotional intelligence, problem-solving skills, among others, while functional skills are specific to the function or role being applied for.

It has been said that many Nigerian youths are not employable. Can this be true?

My estimate is that 80 to 90 per cent of graduates are actually unemployable.
In the past eight years of working as a recruiter, I have discovered that the educational system has contributed to the ‘unemployability’ of many of our youths. Many Nigerian youths go to universities and graduate with degrees that have no direct correlation with what the jobs (they are seeking) require, even though they had read something close in some cases. A person may have studied Banking and Finance, but a bank would still have to train the person for five months before he or she can work with them. It is not unusual to meet graduates of English Language who cannot write articles. We find that most of them are focused on salary, rather than personal development. So, when you give them an opportunity to make up for their lack of skill and knowledge, by employing them, they turn down the job offer because the salary is not enough for them.

What challenges do professionals in your field face?

Finding great talent to hire for organisations has been a major challenge. We put out job adverts and have hundreds of people apply, but we are still unable to shortlist any due to poorly written email applications, resumes and cover letters.

What are your personal challenges on the job as a woman?

I have had none. I have enjoyed growth in my career and I’ve been able to make it this far with a lot of support from family and friends.

When did you set up your company and how did you come about the name?

The company was founded in 2012.

‘Elite’ means a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society. ‘Hunters’ was got from the word ‘Hunt’. This means at Elite Hunters, we make it our priority to identify and source for the best talents to fill the positions required by our clients.

What other grounds do you hope to cover in the next five years?

I hope to be a catalyst for solving unemployment issues in Nigeria and also help to build platforms that will train people and help them become more employable.

What’s your advice to companies that want to grow and maintain an enviable standard?

They need to invest in their people, and build their own proprietary curriculum. They also have to be sincere about their mission and values, and have the right culture.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Reading the newspaper to my dad is one of my fondest childhood memories. I learnt to read early and spent a lot of time with my dad mimicking the newscasters I watched on TV.

What is your favourite dish?

I like plantain and any nice sauce.

What do you do for fun?

I watch movies, or try a new recipe.

What’s your advice to young ladies trying to carve a niche for themselves?

Be dedicated and committed to your dream and goal. Don’t give up, but stay focused on your focus.

Source Punch

Nigeria: Youths protest bad roads in Niger, Imo

Economic activities were paralysed on Monday in Minna, Niger State, as youths blocked the Suleja-Minna Expressway to protest the deplorable condition of the road.

The youth, numbering about 500, carried placards with different inscriptions, chanted anti-government slogans and prevented vehicles from moving in and out of Minna.

The angry youths, under the umbrella of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Niger State chapter, barricaded the Chanchaga Road around 6am and left hundreds of travellers stranded.

Primary and secondary school pupils, who were going to school, were forced to return to their parents and guardians.

Another group of youths blocked the Bida-Minna and Minna-Tegina highways.

However, the Youth President and coordinator of the protests, Mohammed Estu, vowed that the youth would not leave the roads until the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, addressed them.

However, the Youth President and coordinator of the protests, Mohammed Estu, vowed that the youth would not leave the roads until the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, addressed them.

He called on the Federal Government to fund the numerous contracts awarded for trunk ‘A’ roads in the state and expedite action on the dualisation of the Minna-Suleja Road that was awarded since 2010.

Etsu also appealed to Governor Abubakar Bello to increase funding and rehabilitation of trunk ‘B’ roads in the state to make life, movement and economic activities easier for Niger State residents.

He stated, “We demand the disclosure of the identities of the contractors handling all awarded federal and state road contracts to enable us follow up the progress of work. In the next two months, if the contractors handling the Lambata-Agaie-Bida, Bangi, Rijau Bridge and the Suleja-Minna Road are not mobilised to site, the coalition will be left with no option but to prevent trucks from plying the bad roads.

“The Government of Niger State is hereby given 72 hours to ensure the strict implementation of the existing law restraining heavy trucks from plying trunk ‘B’ roads between 6am and 9pm.”

In Imo State, residents of the popular Toronto junction area at Umuoba Uratta on the MCC/Uratta Road in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state have called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to come to their aid by reconstructing the dilapidated MCC/Uratta Road and seeing to the evacuation of the refuse dumped at the junction.

A resident, Mr Remigius Ngoka, told one of our correspondents on Monday that before now, the junction was not a dump, but that it had now become one of the major dumps in the state.

He also said that the road before the Toronto junction had cut into two, making it very difficult for motorists to cross to the other side of the road.

“Where the road spoilt has divided the road, making the other end of it very difficult to access. Motor vehicles cannot pass the flooded area before the Toronto junction. Most times, bus drivers collect N150 per passenger because of the bad spots of the road instead of N100,” he added.

Another resident, Mrs Geraldine Njoku, stated that all the link roads from Egbu to the MCC/Uratta Road had spoilt, making access very difficult because of the one-road network.

“Most of the residents of the link roads have vacated their residences because of flood. Flood has taken over the place and people now fear for their lives. Up to four link roads to the MCC/Uratta Road have spoilt; the worst is the Egbu /Chukwuma Nwaoha Road,” she stated.

Another resident, Chief Chijioke Nwagwu, complained of the repulsive odour being emitted by the dump at the roundabout, stating that those living around the area were having health challenges.

He called on the Imo state Environment Transformation Commission to come and clear the refuse at the junction, adding that the roundabout was an eyesore.

When contacted on the telephone, the General Manager, ENTRACO, Mr Alex Emeziem, stated that by next week, officials of the agency would visit the area and evacuate the refuse.

Residents of the Chukwuma Nwaoha Road in Owerri also called on Ihedioha to come to their rescue by working on the road.

A resident, Mr Gregory Osuji told our correspondent on Monday that the road was covered by flood at a point and that the flood had found its way into people’s homes.

He said that the road was a link to the Egbu Road and had resulted in the collapse of many houses, which had forced many residents to vacate their houses.

When contacted, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr Nkemdirim Raymond, said efforts were being made to flush out robbers from the area.

Written by Enyioha Opara and Gibson Achonu Punch reporters

Source Punch

Peter Obi Calls for Investment in Nigerian Youths

A former Anambra State governor and vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday stressed the need for Nigeria to invest in her human capital as it is being done in developed countries, noting that this would go a long way in improving the leadership qualities in the country.

Obi, who featured on Arise TV, expressed concern that the country seemed to be jostling between productivity and certificates, saying rather than calling the Nigerian youths lazy, we should invest in them.

According to him, “Those youths we are calling lazy are our assets. The founder of Apple didn’t go to the university. Bill Gates didn’t go to university. Let’s invest in these lazy youths and if they don’t perform, we call them lazy. If you look at what is happening globally, Nigerian youths are hard-working. We need to encourage and support them. Nigerian youths are intelligent and smart. You cannot classify people who have not been given opportunity. We need to give them the opportunity and invest in them.”

He expressed concern that the budget for health and education in Nigeria in the last 10 years was relatively low compared with what South Africa and Vietnam spent on education alone.

He argued that the reason why terrorism thrived in the country was as a result of the cumulative effect of leadership failure over the years, adding that the cost of governance was high and dependence on oil subsidy should be put aside.

“What we are paying as subsidy is inefficiency. All the subsidies we are paying are going into demurrage and transportation. All the subsidies we are paying are for the time we spend on the road. There is nothing wrong with having toll gate, but we should be able to have good roads.

“The money am going to save will compensate for all this. Above all, for health reasons, Nigerians have a life expectancy of 54 years. If you know what people go through in terms of health issues and spending long hours in traffic on bad roads, it calls for serious concern,” he added.

On the rising rate of dollars, Obi said: “It is because we have multiplicity of windows such that everybody is thinking of where they can get more money. We need to agree on the rate of dollars to the naira. If we dollarise the economy, you are creating more confusion. We must talk about how we can get more money and invest in human capital.”

Emphasising on the issue of Igbo Presidency for 2023, he said: “The Igbos are not fairly treated in Nigeria unless you bring inclusive government. Let’s restructure the country and make it more competitive. Our process of selecting people is faulty. Let’s see what people are doing and have a capacity to create a new economy.”

Asked if he would like to run for presidency in 2023, Obi said: “How do we pull people out of poverty? If we don’t, it will consume all of us.”

Written by Funmi Ogundare Thisday reporter.

Source Thisday

11-year-old chess champion to represent South Africa

Shortly after receiving her South African colours for chess, Amahle Zenzile from Crossroads, Cape Town has been invited to represent South Africa at the African Youth Chess Tournament to be held in Namibia.

Who is Amahle Zenzile?

Amahle Zenzile, who lives with her grandmother, started playing chess for the Crossroads Chess Club two years ago. Before long, she was one of the best players in her age group and maintained an impressive rating of 1284.

Thando Hlakula, who coaches Amahle at no charge and has guided her every step of the way, says her determination and her aptitude for chess are unmatched.

“Amahle has gone on to win a number of gold and silver medals. She has been named ‘best player’ numerous times. She is currently ranked second best player in the Western Cape, and for her age category, she is currently ranked fifth in South Africa,” says Thando.

Achievements

Amahle’s consistent hard work paid off in March this year at the SAJCC Closed, where she played against the top 30 under-12 girls from across South Africa.

With a crowdfunding campaign launched on BackaBuddy by her best friend and fellow competitor, 12-year-old Trinity Van Beeck, Amahle was able to afford the trip to Johannesburg to compete in the event.

With quiet confidence, she went on to receive her South African colours and finish fifth in her age group.

Since then, Amahle has gone on to win the Western Cape Schools Chess under-11 girls’ division, and the South African Schools Chess under-13 girls tournaments. She has also been invited to represent South Africa at The African Youth Chess Tournament in December.

“The progress she has made in a very short space of time is quite remarkable. There is no diction to convey how proud and happy I am for her and looking forward to the African Youth in Namibia,” says Thando.

BackaBuddy campaign

To cover the costs of the trip, registration and accommodation, Trinity has set up a crowdfunding campaign to appeal to South Africans to support Amahle’s chess dreams.

“My beautiful friend has a warrior spirit, and I am so proud to be her friend. She is a shining beacon of hope to other children in her community. I am inspired by her every single day, and I would love to help her on the next part of her journey. She is so deserving of this opportunity,” says Trinity.

To make a donation to Amahle’s campaign on BackaBuddy, visit https://www.backabuddy.co.za/Amahle

Written by Caryn Edwards The South African reporter

Source thsouthAfrican.com

South Africa: Liverpool manager Klopp donate R190,000 to South African youth club

The Reds manager visited the Cape Town based club in 2017 and has not forgotten to help them with their football development this season too.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp contributed to the Joy is Round initiative, run by Hout Bay United Football Community in South Africa.
The Cape Town club only has children aged between seven and 18-years and aims to instill hope in the community.

Co-founder of Hout Bay United, Jeremy Elson shared the following glowing words for the German coach.

“Jurgen is a fantastic chap to have associated with the club,” Elson said, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

“He came and did a talk in 2017, where he spoke about his time as a manager, his philosophy, football, his ambitions.

“He spoke for over two hours in total, everyone was captivated by him.

“The most amazing thing about him is how humble he is.”

One can follow the start of the social media reaction from South Africa to Klopp’s donation, and also watch the Liverpool manager talk about the initiative in a video below.

Written by Zain Khan Goal reporter

Source Goal

Zimbabwe: Sanctions adversely affect youth

BRITAIN has admitted that Western sanctions on Zimbabwe have adversely affected the youth and the country should be allowed to access credit lines to rebuild its economy, Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Lewis Matutu said yesterday.

Cde Matutu who is the party’s Youth League deputy secretary said officials from the British Embassy in Zimbabwe sought a meeting with him last week where they had frank discussions about the prevailing economic situation and how it affected youths.

He revealed this yesterday while addressing students at the Lupane State University (LSU) main campus in Lupane stating that it is time for the country to focus on the future.

“Last week I had an opportunity to sit down with officials from the British Embassy. They looked for me I didn’t look for them. But what they were saying is that ‘we want to explain to you the reason why we would like to think that Zimbabwe should be allowed to move forward and get financial support.’

“The second thing that they said is that ‘we think that we are not fair to the young people of Zimbabwe who were not there when a lot of things were happening.’

“That’s what they said to me and I agree with them. That’s why I’m saying let’s not focus on what happened before but let’s look at how best we can correct our situation for our own good,” he said.

Cde Matutu said the engagement with the British Embassy is testimony that President Mnangagwa’s re-engagement policy was starting to bear fruits.

He said while those who imposed sanctions on the country claim that the illegal embargo was targeted on individuals their full effects are being felt by ordinary Zimbabweans.

He said sanctions have to be removed because without credit lines and financial support it would be difficult to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s economy.

“If you don’t have access to financial aid then you have challenges. You cannot thrive as an economy when we are not able to access financial aid. Financial aid that is accessed by our country is only through non-governmental organisations,” he said.

Cde Matutu said a mindset shift was necessary if the country is to prosper in all facets of life.

He said Zimbabweans can learn from China and America who put their countries first in everything they do.

Cde Matutu said while sanctions have caused economic challenges, corruption should be eradicated as it is also worsening the situation.

He said it is everyone’s responsibility to take a stand against corruption.

“Who is going to stop that behaviour? It’s not those who are stealing because they are benefiting from it. It is us, when you look at things you would expect other people to stand up and solve them but I will tell you that no one is comfortable with bad things. It is the rate that we denounce them that will make them disappear,” said Cde Matutu.

During the discussion students spoke about their challenges such as shortage of accommodation, unbalanced diet and water problems among others.

They said the challenges were infringing on their rights to quality education.

Written by Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter

Source Chronicle