Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Youths in Solidarity March

By Wellington Dengu

Thousands of Zanu-PF youths from Harare Province yesterday marched from Zanu PF Headquarters to the National Sports Stadium to mark the country’s 39th Independence.

Zanu-PF Youth League deputy political commissar Tafadzwa Mudzamiri commended the youths who thronged the Zanu-PF Headquarters saying that this was a clear indication that youths are committed to their party and are patriotic.

“I would like to applaud the youths for coming in their numbers for the Independence solidarity march, this indicates that they are committed to serving both our party Zanu-PF and our nation Zimbabwe at large.

“We are celebrating the 39th Independence under the visionary leadership of our party’s First secretary and President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. This is a clear message to the youths that they must be patriotic and exemplary especially in terms of nation building,” he said.

Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi thanked the youths for coming up with a unique way of celebrating the country’s independence.

“To Zanu PF youths I say well done and happy 39th Independence celebrations for leading the way, but these celebrations are not a Zanu-PF affair, but are for the whole country. Independence is not partisan as purported by others, this is a national issue so we expected to have all the youths as long as one is a Zimbabwean.”

Source The Herald

Zimbabwe youths win Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge

A group of four Zimbabweans has won $20 000 in the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge for a technology platform they designed to provide easy access to quality educational materials with a mission to provide affordable materials to every student, especially those with visual impairment.

Blessing-Mau Maunze, Brighton Mahatchi, Simbarashe Duane Andre and Farayi Goronga better known as Team Amigo are one of the four teams that got this seed funding to take their ideas to the next level and make a bigger impact for their communities.

Mahatchi, 23, said his vision was just to equip the disadvantaged peers that could not proceed with school for different reasons.

“We want to bring education to people’s homes – people who aren’t in school, people who dropped out, people who are in the rural areas,” he said.

Maunze said the idea was developed with the Zimbabwean student in mind and the student in SubSahara.

His team developed the Amigo app to give every student in Zimbabwe equal access to textbooks, tutorials and other learning materials.

“The Online hub has over 2million educational books, 1million journals and a thousand videos,” said Maunze.

“We are trying to bring everything educational to one central place and leverage technology so that it becomes accessible to everyone no matter how remote they are,” Bright explains. “This platform is a tremendous opportunity for us.”

As global winners of the Youth Challenge, the team is elated to receive support and put their plans into action.

“We can’t believe this,” says Farayi, 23. “We just think we’re dreaming.”

Among the winners is Fantastic Four from Thailand, Muntjatna from Sudan, The Red Code from Pakistan and Andrometa Speakout from the Republic of North Macedonia.

Generation Unlimited brings together young women and men seeking opportunities for a bright future throughout the world with the private sector, governments, international and local organisations .

They are connecting secondary-age education and training to a complex and fast-changing world of work.

Source Bulawayo24

Mnangagwa Urged Zimbabwean Youths to Shun Drugs

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday urged youths to shun drugs and concentrate more on their education as well as inventing new products useful for the country.

Addressing a children’s pre-independence party in Harare, Mnangagwa said youths should refrain from abusing alcoholic substances because that could affect their learning.

“You must respect your teachers, you must shun drugs and you must shun alcohol and substance abuse. Violence and other activities that may harm you, you must shun such activities,” he said.

Mnangagwa said it was essential for the youths to take part in innovations and inventions to enable them to create opportunities for themselves and others.

“I was impressed and encouraged by the quality of exhibitions during Research Council of Zimbabwe Symposium by some of you, your innovations and inventions. I challenge more of you across the country to participate in that symposium next year,” Mnangagwa said.

“These initiatives will empower you to develop viable enterprises and widen employment opportunities. Resources will be made available for teaching and learning materials as well as equipment and facilities to enable you to take part in this programme.”

Some pupils, especially those in the rural areas including Binga and Lupane walk up to 15 kilometres to get to the nearest school which is creating a barrier to access education.

The President said his government was committed to improve access to quality education which is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals target four.

“The achievement of quality education will remain high on my agenda. We will accelerate the construction of more schools to ensure that no more leaner has to walk more than five kilometres to a school,” Mnangagwa said.

Source News Day

Zimbabwe Youths Worry Over Shrinking Civic Society Space


THE National Association of Youth Organisations (Nayo) has expressed concern over the shrinking civic space in the country and urged the government to urgently expedite the alignment to the Constitution of laws that encourage civil engagement.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Nayo programmes manager McDonald Munyoro said government must not seek to muzzle civic groups, but must be seen to be enhancing freedom of association and expression.

Nayo is the youth umbrella body for youth organisations working in Zimbabwe with a vision to see a repositioned, redefined and enhanced role of youth in community, national, regional and international developmental processes.

“Government, through Parliament, should amend the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVO Act) which governs the work of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country and consider removing currently proposed amendments, which militate against the operations of NGOs — allow the NGOs to self-regulate,” Munyoro said.

“Government should uphold the Nairobi Outcome Document (agreed at the High Level Meeting (HLM2) in 2016) and Busan Partnership Agreement which recognises civil society as an independent development partner in its right; work within national policies and towards poverty reduction; and tackle inequality and the commitment made by governments to develop policy space and an enabling environment for the formation and operation of civil society organisations.”

He added that government must repeal the Zimbabwe Youth Council Act and replace this with a more pro-development and inclusive legislative framework for youth in the country as specified in Section 20 of the Constitution.

Among other demands, Nayo said the government must accelerate the repeal of both Aippa and Posa in line with the recent decision by Cabinet.

The organisation said it was worried by the continued crackdown on civil society groups in the country as witnessed by the recent unlawful suspension of COTRAD in Masvingo, the harassment of journalists and other human rights defenders, the majority of whom are youths.

Source The Zimbabwe Daily

Zimbabwean Government Hails Chimanimani Youths.

The deputy minister of youths, sports, art and culture, Cde Yenkai Simbanegavi has expressed gratitude to the youths in Kopa, Chimanimani for helping in rescue operations.

The youths have shown commendable responsibility by rendering help in rescue operations and distribution aid to Cyclone Idai survivors despite the fact that they also survived the disaster.

Cde Simbanegavi expressed her gratitude to the youth who are also helping vehicles transporting aid to cross to areas in need of aid, saying such behaviour must be emulated.

They are helping all the vehicles that are coming this side to deliver aid to the survivors. The road is sliperry so they are helping the vehicles which will be stuck on the road. So we have come here to express our gratitude, must people in Zimbabwe think that the youth only drinks alcohol and smoke but as the ministry of youths we are here and we are happy that the youth has shown that they are committed to help their country in distress situations like this,” she said.

Meanwhile, youths in Kopa have appeared to the government to help them acquire their identification documents and academic certificates that were wept away by the heavy floods.

Source zbc

Zimbabwean President warns youths about people causing disunity in Zanu PF

Zimbabwean President and the Zanu-PF leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday cautioned young people to be wary of party cadres with unbridled ambitions who may want to cause disunity in the ruling revolutionary organisation, Zanu PF, The Herald reported.

His remarks came while addressing the Zanu-PF National Youth Assembly in Harare where he also disclosed that his leadership will never allow “mafia-style” handling of Zanu-PF issues and urged party members to follow laid down procedures when settling grievances.

“If any members or structures of the party have any grievances, the laid-out rules, regulations and procedures must be followed,” said Mnangagwa.

“I know of some comrades who have been suspended or expelled, but no procedures were followed. That is not proper. When we are dealing with party issues you put aside your personal differences with the persons concerned. You must obey and follow the rules and procedures of the constitution, otherwise you will find yourselves in the wrong. Divisive, opportunistic or mafia-style handing of party affairs will never be accepted. You may feel that you are smart, but let me tell you this party, Zanu-PF, is always smarter.”

Over the past few months, votes of no confidence have been passed against some officials of the party’s national youth league executive recently and reports of similar actions were being initiated in other provinces.

The Zanu-PF Politburo put a stop to the unprocedural acts which had affected the youths’ leader Pupurai Togarepi, Deputy Secretary Lewis Matutu, Administration Secretary Tendai Chirau, Admire Mahachi and Mercy Mugomo.

“As you carry out both your political and development programmes you must be wary of those with brute, unbridled ambition and political gladiators. Be vigilant and alert as they may seek to sow seeds of disunity amongst yourselves, within the party and ultimately in the nation, for their own selfish ends. You must always foster loyalty, respect, honesty and integrity. Guard against silo mentality and self-centred behaviour. Continue to fight against corruption by exposing any suspected acts in every sphere of society,” said Mnangagwa.

He said mobilisation of party members should continue at all levels.

“The party is a party only if we have members,” the President said.

“As you are aware, the party has embarked on the restructuring of Harare and Bulawayo provinces. Don’t think the other eight are immune. This is an opportune time for you as the Youth League leaders to mobilise the youths of appropriate ages and skills mix to join your structures. Our desire is to see a vibrant Youth League that has a young, energetic, entrepreneurial, professional and patriotic members which encapsulates the Zimbabwe we all want.”

He went on: “I challenge you to be aggressive in inviting new members and retaining the old ones. Furthermore you should use unconventional strategies and platforms to draw young people of diverse backgrounds to join your League. I insist that you must study and draw lessons from other progressive parties who have transformed and modernised both the parties and countries. This will undoubtedly help in the development of more vibrant programmes and initiatives in the future.”

He said party members should be ready to move on as their positions were not permanent.

“We must be ready to move on,” he said.

“The only person who does not need to be ready to move on is Togarepi because he is appointed by the President. The rest of you must be ready to move on.”

Source African Daily Voice

Zimbabwe: Caps United Reports ‘Biased’ Referee To PSL

By Lovemore

Caps United has resolved to officially lodge a complaint with Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) over what it considers biased officiating during the 0-0 draw with Highlanders at Barbourfields on Sunday.

Makekepeke felt hard done by Midlands’ referee Thabani Bamala who denied them what appeared to be two clear penalties.

Caps United administration manager Morton Dodzo on Tuesday said that the Green Machine will leave no stone unturned to get redress. Speaking to Newsday, Dodzo said:

We are a professional institution and we are guided by rules and regulations. What we are going to do is to make sure we exhaust the legal routes in trying to seek redress.

Yesterday (Sunday), we submitted an official notice to the match commissioner (Malandule) advising them of our intention to officially lodge a complaint against biased officiating. We also notified the PSL that we are going to lodge an official complaint as a club.

We have put in place systems that will help us gather evidence that will support our report and make sure we lodge our complaint within the stipulated time.

We are not going to pre-empt and we are not going to say much, but only to the football statutory bodies in which we have confidence.

We are not only complaining as Caps United but on behalf of all football stakeholders who invest a lot into the game.

The Highlanders vs Caps United match was attended by 13 600 paying fans and broadcast live on ZBCtv.

Highlanders collected ZWR$76 710 from the match after 13 600 fans paid to watch the match.

Source Pindula News

Zimbabwean youths take part in kick-the-ball global peace event

By William Milasi

ZIMBABWEAN youths last Saturday took part in a “kick the international ball of peace”, a sports based global event held to emphasise the power of sport in fostering unity and building peace across physical, mental and emotional borders.

The event was organised under the auspices of Generations for Peace (GPF), a “peace-through-sport” organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

Various communities in the country participated in the international event.

The Jordan based non-profit making organisation has a history of using sports based games to empower youths to build peace and transform conflicts across tribes, religions, races, ethnicities and nationalities.

GPF engaged over 500 youths in nine countries with “Get the Ball rolling 2019,” an international series of football games that united diverse youths to celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

Seventeen simultaneous matches Saturday began across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In Zimbabwe, the events took place in Harare, Zvishavane and Kwekwe.

Mark Clark, Generations for Peace CEO, said the event acts as a catharsis for youths who have been scarred by the effects of violence.

“Generations for Peace believe in the enormous potential of youth to lead positive change in their own communities and in the power of sport as a universal language to unite those who are faced with division and violent conflict every day.

“As part of our long-term programming in these communities, Get the Ball Rolling 2019 was an opportunity to reflect the values of Generations for Peace and to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in a truly global sense.

“Across nine countries and three continents, the simultaneous football games involved not just our trained pioneers, volunteers and participants, but also engaged local community members, demonstrating these values and encouraging anyone to build peace and pass it on,” he said in a statement from his Jordan base.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual day recognised by the UN and celebrated its sixth year on Saturday, 6th April 2019.

The day serves to raise awareness of the potential of sport to contribute to global objectives for development and peace due to its vast reach, unparallel popularity and foundation of positive values.

The organisation is founded and chaired by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and is dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.

Zimbabwe GFP Pioneer Ephraim Katongo said Zimbabwe has for a very long time experienced serious violence amongst the youths.

He added that the peace event help youths to deal with the country’s volatile situation.

“Zimbabwe has for many years faced challenges when it comes to social cohesion and transforming violent conflicts among youths.

“Get the Ball Rolling 2019 was a great opportunity to address to address those challenges and many others around the world, providing a safe space through sport where local youth could unite, crossing mental and emotional borders they face every day and recognizing that they are not alone. This event, like all Generations for Peace programmes, highlighted the power of youth to lead us toward a more peaceful feature, if we only provide with them with the opportunities and empowerment they need to do so,” he said.

In addition to its renowned Sport For Peace programming, the organisation also uses arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment tools, addressing challenges of gender inequality, post-conflict trauma response and reconciliation.

Source New Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans Unite to Ease Cyclone Idai’s Effects

By Columbus Mavhunga

Zimbabweans have started raising funds and donating goods to provide relief to those who have been affected by Cyclone Idai, which the government says has killed nearly 100 people and displaced hundreds. The government says people are wary of who receives the donations.

At a local church, volunteers arrange donated items destined for places affected by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe. Food, water, blankets, clothing – are all found here. The volunteers then load them onto waiting trucks – provided by donors – to head to Zimbabwe’s eastern border where Cyclone Idai ravaged homes and left dozens dead.

One of the volunteers – Johanne Chapungu Oposi – is from the affected region. The 43-year-old man tells me that his former classmate and neighbor – together with the classmate’s wife and three children, were buried alive when a hill collapsed on them while they slept.

“But my elder brother and our family survived, when they saw that that’s what was about to happen they quickly escaped. I want to say that the food supplies there and where to stay are a challenge, or even where to buy food; there is nowhere they can buy because the shops are at the steep slopes so they were destroyed too. I feel quite relieved to be seeing these efforts.”

Tadzi Madzima of the non-governmental organization Ignite Youth says she is happy that Zimbabweans have responded to her calls for people to donate to ease the effects of Cyclone Idai.

“We reached out to the youths in Zimbabwe. We went out mainly on social media where most youths are,” she said. “The response has been overwhelming. We plan to give everything that has been collected here to people affected by Cyclone Idai. We felt that this is the role that we have to play as young people, to help where we can.”

The Red Cross is one of the aid organizations leading efforts to bring relief to Cyclone Idai’s victims. Karikoga Kutadzaushe, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society operations director, says his organization has deployed teams to ensure that the injured are treated and that there is clean drinking water.

“The situation on the ground is quite dire in that accessibility has been one of the biggest challenges considering Tsinde Eastern is a mountainous area and there have been serious landslides, damaged roads and inaccessibility is one of the worst situations,” he said. “To date, we have almost closer to 100 people who have been confirmed dead, 200 closer to 250 are also currently missing and with regards to people who are currently displaced, we have plus or minus 600 who are actually only currently staying on higher ground within the area.”

Government spokesman Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana told reporters that Harare has deployed army engineers to ensure that damaged roads and bridges are fixed so that assistance can reach the needy. On Zimbabweans responding to calls on social media from organizations and individuals to assist victims of Cyclone Idai, he said:

“It’s good that we have got such goodwill among Zimbabweans; it’s good that we are all running altogether in one accord to help our vulnerable others, our compatriots who are in a bad state at the moment and in a bad place,” he said. “The only thing is we need accountability – we know that in situations like this there is the very fringe minority who will take advantage of the situation…that’s why we say corruption is one of our issues so we hope that there will be systems in place to make sure that whatever is donated, whatever is given ends up at the end user to the point of need where it’s needed most.”

As the truck leaves Harare for Chimanimani and other affected areas, it is hoped the donations reach the intended recipients – those affected by Cyclone Idai. Nancy Kachingwe is among those who donated items.

“The sense of if it was if this happens to me what would I do, you know this happens to families and households so we all have to all understand that, you know, in these days of disasters and climate change, it can happen to anybody; any of us can be next where we end up finding ourselves losing everything, so solidarity has to be part of how we live,” she said

Emergency workers have described flooding spawned by the cyclone as the region’s most destructive in 20 years. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the affected region Tuesday.

Source VOA News

Zimbabwe: Key lessons from the Youth Indaba

By Leroy Dzenga

The Zimbabwe National Youth Indaba held last week set a template of what non-partisan conversations can achieve.

Young people came from different spheres to converge and brainstorm, exchange ideas on how they imagine the future of this country to be.

Some thought the turnout was going to be low as the marketing of the event was not as aggressive but on both days the organisers had to make provisional adjustments as the numbers had exceeded projections.

This was testament to the real appetite among youths to take part in critical dialogue that determines their future.

The format of the indaba itself also helped with the retention of ideas from all attendees unlike in the past where the selected speakers would appear, have conversations on their own with youths merely providing an audience for optics.

Minister Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry should be credited for the break from the ineffective tradition.

Young people were given the responsibility to organise and structure their own event.

Those who were part of the organising team were nominated through an online process, meaning they were also youth chosen.

The two-day conference had panel discussions which attracted top names like Ecocash CEO Natalie Jabangwe, Spidex Media founder Eugene Peters, continentally renowned child education activist Anoziva Marindire, Zimbabwe cricket captain Hamilton Masakadza and musician Tongai “Greatman” Gwaze among other achieving youths.

The panel discussions spoke to issues which have dominated discourse in recent times like Job Creation, Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Critical Skills in the modern Zimbabwe.

Before and after these discussions, all youths in attendance were grouped into breakaway committees according to their areas of interest which ranged from sports, business, mining and other spaces occupied by youths.

The committee`s contributions were incorporated into the panel discussions as talking points, during the panel discussions the audience would ask questions and afterwards reconvene to give feedback to the conversations.

This vigorous process is what culminated into questions which President Emmerson Mnangagwa responded to on the second leg of the Indaba.

Youths had come together to put their event together, agreed on the format and actively participated in the delivery of conversations.

Besides the inclusive conversations which created a sense of ownership among the youths there was also a seed of inspiration that was planted at the event.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube took time out of his schedule to share his incredible journey with the young people who were in attendance.

He spoke on the need to include youths in spaces of high level decision making from an early age.

Prof Ncube spoke of how he registered his first company at 23 and sat on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange board at the same age.

He credited the late former Finance Minister Dr Bernard Chidzero for having a youth-oriented approach to leading the economy.

In the same vein, President Mnangagwa walked the youths down the memory lane where he spoke of the struggles they faced studying while battling to liberate this country.

President Mnangagwa implored young people to involve themselves directly in conversations that impact their future and utilise opportunities which would have been availed to them.

“We must not just imagine the future we want but more importantly roll up our sleeves and put our shoulders to the wheel to realise the future we want,” said President Mnangagwa.

The youth make up more than 65 percent of the country`s population and the fact that the national leadership is taking time to connect with their ideas is a positive sign.

Many laid out their ideas, which with adequate support can solve some of the problems faced in Zimbabwe.

For instance, a 28-year-old Harare based engineer Farayi Masendo who is running an innovation turning plastic waste into diesel.

The indaba gave platform to his idea where he interacted with potential collaborators on his project.

Many others had the same opportunity, others even bagged mentorship deals.

What we witnessed at the Indaba was only possible because of the non-partisan nature in which the event was run.

It ran on the principle that all youth are equal and important, an idea which enhanced participation.

There will be a follow-up youth expo in a few months to come, a sign of intent that the indaba was not a talk show.

We wait to see if the follow-up will bear fruit but this is a good start to plugging the gap between policy makers and the youth.

Zimbabwe seems to have begun the journey towards harnessing its youth dividend.

Source Chronicle