Zimbabwe: MP Calls for Youth Participation in Economic Affairs

AAYP Press Release

Mazowe North legislator Cde Campion Mugweni says youths must take advantage of vast opportunities availed to them by Government to be active players in the development of the nation.

In an interview last week, the youthful legislator said gone are the days when youths were used by senior politicians for selfish gains.

“Youths are the majority in the country and those aged between 21 and 40 should channel their energy towards national development. Zimbabwe is the only country with youths and a women’s bank, a sign that the leadership is committed to the empowerment of its citizenry.

“As youths, we should take advantage of these opportunities to economically empower ourselves. For our voices to be heard, we should be leaders in championing our causes,” he said.

“Gone are the days of politics of sloganeering. Economic emancipation should be the driving force in everything that we do. We should also desist from blame-game and ask ourselves what we are doing to improve the country’s economic fortunes. Charity begins at home and we should be part of the equation in solving the country’s economic woes.”

He also challenged youths to utilise the vast resources in the country.

“We have a very big informal sector in Zimbabwe and youths should also be players there. Most of us were born under sanctions and it is our time to be active in busting them.

“As youths, let us visit our provincial mines and lands offices to apply for claims and land. It is easy to get a mining claim here in Zimbabwe compared to countries like South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. Opportunities are there for everyone, but we are not utilising them.

“You can lease a farm and help Zimbabwe regain its breadbasket status. We need foreign currency for crucial sectors like health and energy and if we fully utilise the land we can have more exports of our agricultural produce,” he said.

On alleged factional fights in Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central province, Cde Mugweni, said personality clashes should not be blown out of proportion to be viewed as factionalism.

“We are reading some of these issues in the press, but on the ground we are a united front. Personality clashes should not be blown out of proportion. We are all solidly behind President Mnangagwa’s leadership.

“As politicians, we are duty-bound to deliver on our election manifesto and not to be at each other’s throats. Youths as the vanguard of the party should stay away from factional fights.

“Before you do anything, you should ask yourself whether the nation or an individual will benefit out of your action. If you find out that an individual is set to benefit from your action, then stay clear off any mischief.”

Source The Herald.


Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Women’s League Supports Youths’ Anti-Graft Stance

By Herald.co.zw (Joseph Madzimure and Bothwell Petro)

The Zanu-PF Women’s League will support the party’s Youth League in denouncing corruption by naming and shaming individuals alleged to be involved in corrupt and underhand dealings in a ploy to sabotage the economy and scuttle efforts by President Mnangagwa to resuscitate the economy.

In a press statement yesterday, secretary for the Women’s League, Cde Mabel Chinomona, said the Youth League was the vanguard of the party.

“The Women’s League notes with satisfaction that one of the things that Zanu-PF committed itself to do in the Second Republic is to fight corruption,” she said.

“The Zanu-PF constitution is clear that the Youth League is the vanguard of the party, as Women’s League we are clearly behind our front runners and in support of their move to castigate corrupt elements in both public and private sector and more within the party.”

Cde Chinomona said corruption was a “cancer, a rot, a decay which breeds greed, selfishness and cartels whose exploitative nature spells doom to a nation’s economic well-being”.

“The corrupt nature of a nation seriously affects women and children, as well as those living with disabilities,” she said.

“The stance taken by the Zanu-PF Youth League is a step in the right direction which needs all our support as a nation.

“Let’s shun corruption for the good of our nation, prosperity and future generations.”

Cde Chinomona said Zanu-PF Women’s League further supported the position taken by President Mnangagwa to constitute a commission to investigate the said allegations as supported by the Politburo.

“We call upon individuals, corporates, private and public sector to endear the principal of good corporate governance, accountability and transparency at all times,” she said.

“Respect the dignity of hard work and build on the integrity of our great nation.”

Zanu-PF deputy secretary for youth Cde Lewis Matutu urged the youth yesterday to safeguard the party’s norms and ideology through shunning corrupt activities at all levels.

Speaking at an interface with Youth League affiliates in Harare, Cde Matutu said there was need to ensure zero tolerance on corruption.

He said they were going to release a list of land barons and multiple farm owners next week.

“We gave them a grace period to clear themselves, but it seems most of them remain adamant,” said Cde Matutu.

“Some people are phoning me to check if they are on our list or not. We won’t be afraid to name and shame anyone despite one’s position and influence.”

Zimbabwean’s Youth Participation Critical for Vision 2030

By Herald.co.zw (Pamela Shumba)

Youths have a critical role to play in the attainment of Vision 2030 and the improvement of transparency, accountability and good governance in the country, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said on Friday.

Addressing students from Bulawayo’s higher learning institutions during a public lecture at the Bulawayo Polytechnic, Minister Mutsvangwa said sustainable good governance cannot be achieved without the participation of youths.

The public lecture, which was also attended by Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Edgar Moyo, was held under the theme: “The role of information and the youth in achieving Vision 2030.”

Minister Mutsvangwa said it was vital for the youth to play their part, while the Government plays its part as the country moves towards a better economy.

“Vision 2030 will only be attained if we improve the governance of this country. We’re working hard to improve transparency and accountability as the Government, but sustainable and good governance can’t be improved without the participation of the youth,” she said.

“For Vision 2030 to be sustainable, it has to be inculcated into the population from the early years. It has to be normalised as part of our culture.”

Minister Mutsvangwa said in Africa, about 60 percent of the population was below the age of 24, while 35 percent fall within the 15 to 35 age range.

She said Government could not attain any of its goals without involving the youth, adding that her ministry will ensure that the youth have adequate information and capacity to participate in the journey to Vision 2030.

The youth, Minister Mutsvangwa said, have a huge assignment to work hard in modern industry and complement the efforts made by previous generations, who fought for the country through military battles.

“We have thousands of youths who died as they were being trained to master modern weaponry and fought epic military battles,” she said.

“They paid the supreme price of life to create freedom so that future generations can live in prosperity. The youths we have today need to take it from there.

“Clearly, the odds are better, lighter and not life threatening. I’m confident that they can live up to that. Zimbabwe is a democracy. The Second Republic is opening the space so that the youths can fully exercise their rights and freely participate in governance.”

Minister Mutsvangwa said youths should take pride and be inspired by what Zimbabweans in the Diaspora have shown the world in terms of the country’s work ethic.

She said President Mnangagwa was working hard to provide a business environment that is better than what the Zimbabwean youths seek in other countries.

“Let’s take pride in that our fellow Zimbabweans are well regarded as diligent workers in various nations,” she said.

“This makes our task in Government that much easy and clear. The Government continues to embrace transparency and accountability and we can’t attain Vision 2030 if we can’t uphold the freedom of the people.”

Minister Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe’s future could only be secure if the youths took a leading role in the industrial revolution through innovation and information technology.

She urged the youths to demand space for their creativity and knock on the doors of Government until someone not only opens, but also delivers.

Minister Mutsvangwa said youths could choose to be merchants of anarchy and destruction or drivers of peace and national unity.

“This country will not achieve its national aspirations if a peaceful environment does not prevail,” she said.

“Vision 2030 is not only value driven, but it’s youth driven with information being the key driver. So, our young people should find their niche, not wait for opportunities, but help create them.

“As a nation, we want to develop our young people to be the custodians of our national aspirations and developmental goals.”

The youths, led by the Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union called on Government to help them become technologically advanced to reach out to the rest of the youths in the country in their drive to work with Government.

Zimbabwe: Violent Youths Block First Street…Stone Cars, Beat Up Passers (WATCH VIDEO)

By Zwnews.com (Smuchirahondo)

SOME 30 unidentified youths shut down First Street between Nelson Mandela and Jason Moyo Avenue beating up passersby and throwing bricks at motorists.

The youths, who were not in any party regalia to associate their acts with any organization, shouted obscenities even at the elderly. They were also ordering everyone out of town.

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Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF youths rise against Mnangagwa

By Bulawayo24.com

Zanu-PF youths have demanded that old people who make up most of president Emerson Mnangagwa’s government should pave way for younger people with fresh ideas.

Firebrand Zanu-PF political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu is reportedly leading a chorus of discontent by the youth structures in the party.

Recently Tsenengamu took to social media demanding that the old gaurd- mostly senior citizens above 65 years- should give youths with new ideas a chance to run the country.

“Am 36 and ready to move on from youth into the main wing. After six days of work creating earth, our God took time to rest, even some of our Madalas (old guard) must rest and pave way for the young. Makarwa kurwa kwakanaka chizororaiwo tiwanewo pekupinda (you have fought a good fight) open up the space. It’s time to blend youth with experience,” wrote Tsenengamu recently.

Party youths who spoke to Bulawayo24.com said they stood behind Tsenengamu as the old guard were clueless about running the country and only wanted to line their pockets while the masses suffered. “Tsenengamu is the voice of the youth and he has the courage to say the old people should move over because he knows he has our backing.

“The old guard has messed up if the truth be told and they clearly have no idea how to put things right. It has come to a stage where it is now embarrassing for the youth to tell people that we are Zanu-PF. We have run out of explanations and excuses about the failure of our leaders. Real change must come if Zanu-PF is to succeed beyond this election term up to 2023,” said a youth from Mashonaland Central on condition of anonymity.

A senior party member from Matabeleland North said the party leadership was tired and needed renewal.

“It is clear that a youth revolution that will either destroy or rejuvenate the party is coming and the outcome will be decided by how the leadership handles this inevitable process. Zanu-PF has become more like a community gathering with limited ideas and absolutely no thoughts outside the box. The same outdated principles have been used since Independence to run the country and party. The time has come for a renewal of ideas and leaders,” said the leader.

Youths said they viewed Tsenengamu as their champion because he had the guts to tell the party and the world the truth about the state of Zanu-PF.

“Other youth leaders may pretend to toe the party line and behave like they are blinkered to the glaring shortcomings of the leadership but the truth is that most of us are in agreement with Tsenengamu,” said one of the youths.

Zanu Pf Youth League Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Lewis Matutu on Friday threatened unspecified action against Tsenengamu for the social media outburst.

“The party has been following with interest the series of social posts challenging party policies, for example on land redistribution, compensation of white farmers and most recently his call for elderly party members and leaders to ‘open up space’ for young people.

“This on its own shows that Cde Tsenengamu has no respect for party leadership and its policies.” In a press statement on Tuesday the Zanu-PF Youth league suggested Tsenengamu might have turned mole as part of a plan by a faction that was aligned to former President Robert Mugabe known as G40.

“We are aware that we have the likes of G40 in our midst but even so because of our vigilance we will not lose the fight but rather the axe will descend mercilessly on counter-revolutionaries and their foreign handlers,” the statement added.

“We are the vanguard of the party and it is therefore our duty to make sure that the party is safe from infiltrators and informers, those who have ears to hear take heed.”

The Youth League called for members to respect the leadership and use proper channels of communication to air their views.

Zimbabwe: Zim hardships shatter youth dreams

…. SCORING 13 points or more in science subjects at Advanced level (A-level) is no mean feat, more so for a teen Providence Pangira, who worked as a gardener after school and studied under very difficult conditions in a crowded room he shared with his parents and several siblings.

By Faith Zaba

A bright future seemed to appear on the horizon when Providence passed the Zimbabwe School Examination Council Ordinary and Advanced level tests with flying colours. He passed O-level exams with seven As and four Bs and attained an A in Biology and Bs in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry at A-level — a remarkable perfomance.

Despite attaining such results, which should normally guarantee progress in education and in life, Providence, like tens of thousands of Zimbabweans with degrees and those academically gifted from poor backgrounds, was forced into doing menial work. He is now working as a full-time gardener in Harare. From a young age, Providence has aspired to be a medical doctor, but his dream has been broken by his poor background and the worsening economic situation in Zimbabwe.

Many graduates from Zimbabwe’s tertiary institutions have lost hope of ever getting formal employment and living good lives, as the economy continues to tumble. Companies are either downsizing or closing down, sending thousands of workers out of employment, making it almost impossible for university and high school graduates, even those with exceptional results, to get jobs.

The 19-year-old Mutasa-born teen, whose family has been ravaged by poverty, is the fourth born in a family of five. His family moved to Chikanga in Mutare when he was in Grade Six. The family rented a room, which was divided by a curtain, with the parents sleeping on a double bed on one side and the five kids — two girls and three boys — on the concrete floor on the other side.

After completing his primary school education at a school in Sakubva, he enrolled at Dangamvura High School for Form One.

Providence Pangira passed A-Levels with flying colours with a dream to be a doctor, only to end up as a gardener due to poverty and economic turmoil engulfing Zimbabwe. Pics by Shepherd Tozvireva.

Unfortunately at that time, his fatherhad started serving a prison.

“I can’t count the number of times I cried while I was praying for God’s grace and salvation. I used to ask God if this is the life I am going to live all my life, nekuti ndichasvikarini ndichirarama hupenyu uhu? (until when am I going to live this life?) My life has been very hard all the way.

“Now just when I thought things would change, my dream has been crushed. The University of Zimbabwe wants 15 points to study medicine. I feel that if I had lived under better conditions I could have easily scored the 15 points. My second choice was pharmacy, but they also want 14 points,” he said.

“I don’t have money to go to the other universities or even study other programmes.”

Providence said he is the only child in his family who has passed both O and A-levels.

He said his older siblings, except for one of his sisters who had to work as a maid to raise money for exam fees, did not write O-levels because of financial problems.

“When the A-level results came out in January, I didn’t know what to do. I knew I could never raise enough money to pay for university. There was no hope. I decided in March to work as a gardener to help my parents. Through an employment agent, I got this job and moved to Harare,” he said.

“I pray all the time that I get assistance from Good Samaritans so that I can continue with my studies and be able to live a successful life in which I can improve the lives of my family members and also be able to help kids who faced the same challenges as I have been facing since I was born.”

Providence is among thousands of young Zimbabweans whose lives have been ruined because of the economic challenges the country is facing as a result of bad leadership, toxic policies and poor governance.

The current environment in the country is destroying future generations and creating a nation of dispirited and hopeless youths prepared to do anything to survive.

Bright minds like Providence are ending up accepting menial jobs.

There is no promise or hope of a better future in a country where intelligent kids like Providence end up as gardeners, domestic workers, cross-border traders, taxi drivers, street vendors, waiters or care-givers in and outside Zimbabwe. Some end up consumed by social vices and in jails.

Providence’s employer, Roselyn Munamati, said: “I realised that he was sharp and different so I asked him what education level he had reached. When he showed me his O and A-level certificates, I cried.

“He did the same combination as the one my daughter is doing. I just said to myself, I have employed a future doctor as a gardener. It pained me so much. I tried to help by reaching out to the National University of Science and Technology (Nust),” she said.

“I told him to go to University of Zimbabwe and register. I wish I had resources, I would pay for him. I am praying God gets him a divine helper so that he fulfils his dreams to become a medical doctor.”

It is estimated that over 300 000 students are churned out by schools, colleges and universities every year to join millions who are unemployed. Most of them end up in the streets.

The manufacturing industrial centres dotted around the country, which in the 1980s and 1990s up to around early 2000s used to be vibrant industrial hubs of Africa, can now best be described as Zimbabwe ruins. The massive industrial structures that used to emit smoke 24 hours a day — which gave cities like Bulawayo nicknames like “Kontuthuziyathunqa” (where the smoke belches in reference to factories’ chimneys belching out smoke) — are now graveyards for rusty steel and dilapidated buildings. Bulawayo was once Zimbabwe’s industrial hub, but it now resembles a ghost city.

Most Zimbabweans are living from hand to mouth. The situation is even worse for the 95% not in formal employment, who do not have a regular paycheque and medical cover.

The majority of Zimbabweans are struggling to earn a living and pay school fees for their children but it seems the system is rigged against them. The system is impoverishing its people as the revolution eats its own children.

Local researcher Brett Chulu said the protracted economic regression has destroyed the future of at least six generations.

“Basic economic planning used by successful nations at the family level is that wise people leave an inheritance for their grandchildren. Bible-believing nations apply the wisdom found in Proverbs 13:22 that a good man leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren,” he said.

“Our economic regression has been protracted and unrelenting. It has not just made a generation impotent; it has created a situation where we have destroyed the future of at least six generations.”

Chulu added that: “Two generations have been directly affected by our economic implosion — these having nothing to pass to the next generation, except poverty and despondency. Our mismanagement of the economy is destroying those still to be born.”

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary-general Japhet Moyo said:

“We already have a generation that is no longer interested in formal employment but enjoy standing at street corners in urban areas and are able to raise money to buy drugs,” he said.

“The other aspect is our failure to break the vicious circle of poverty. The poor families are likely to remain poor at the same time increasing inequality in the society as those poor would remain where they are at the moment.”

Chulu pointed out that the situation is worsened by an education system that does not empower students with practical self-reliance skills.

“Go to any country where there are Jews; you will hardly find an economically struggling Jew. Jews train their children for academic and professional excellence. They do one thing extra—they train their children to be self-reliant from a tender age. So you will find highly learned, smart, sharp Jewish professionals and academics but with practical survival skills,” he said.

“Our economic Armageddon plus an education system that does not train self-reliance, we have an untenable situation of a psychologically damaged youth and young adults with no self-confidence, over-dependent, cynical and despondent. It will take a miracle to reverse the damage that has been wrought by this man-made economic disaster and human tragedy.”

Source Newsday