Youth Minister Kirsty Coventry Saddened By Violence In Zimbabwe

By Talent Gondo

Sports and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry has said she is deeply saddened by the violence which rocked the nation imploring government to take action against the pepetrators of violence.

The youths minister said Zimbabwe needs peace so that the nation can move forward.

“What has happened in Zimbabwe has saddened me immensely. I am sorry to everyone that has been affected by the recent events. Violence is never the answer and needs to be investigated and actions taken. We need peace so no one suffers and we can rebuild our nation together.”

Source Zimeye

Report: Internet blackout and a week of violence in Zimbabwe

By Makhosazana Kunene

There is a lot of violence now in Zimbabwe with a communication shutdown and big protests this week. Some people are dead, others are hurt and some are arrested.

Reporting is difficult. The internet and social media was completely cut off Friday and only opened late in the evening.

Shops have been closed and transportation is not operating.

People have been told to stay inside at home because if you go outside you might die. It is a tough situation.

A strike started on Monday with the announcement about the increase in the price of petrol.

According to a Friday morning report by Reuters, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent. A gallon of gas was almost $13, the story said, the most expensive in the world.

Protesters said they will not stop until the president resigns.

It got worse as the week went on.

On Friday, the situation was better in some places, but in other areas, including certain townships, people were breaking into shops and vandalizing.

Source Youthjournalism

Nigeria: 2Baba asks Kaduna youth to shun violence

By Andrew Agbese

A popular Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, known also as 2Baba, has called on youth to shun violence in the forthcoming general elections. Idibia, who spoke during the Vote Not Fight concert in Kaduna, called on the youth not to make themselves available for violence. He equally admonished them not to sell their votes to desperate politicians.

He said politicians who sponsored violence never told the youths that Section 131 of the Electoral Act prescribed that merely threatening someone over elections could attract a fine of N1,000,000 or three years jail term upon conviction.

“They will never tell you that Section 124 provides that selling your vote will earn you a N500,000 fine or 12 months in jail or both, upon conviction,” he said. Idibia also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral and conduct free, fair and credible elections. He equally urged all security officials participating in the 2019 general elections to be above board and non-partisan in the discharge of their duties.

“I must say here that we know youth involvement in electoral violence and other crimes is often sponsored by the political elite. We therefore call on all political parties and their candidates to run peaceful campaigns devoid of hate speech, electoral violence, vote buying or fake news and disinformation,” he said.


Rwanda: Gender Minister Urges Youth Volunteers To Be The Voice Of Change

The two-day workshop for district coordinators of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) ended on Sunday at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, with fresh commitment to engage in preventive measures against narcotic drugs and Gender Based Violence.

The youth volunteers also resolved to enhance awareness against human trafficking, teen pregnancies, domestic conflicts and engage in activities against malnutrition while educating communities on proper feeding of children.

During the two- day workshop, the youth were enlightened on various pertinent issues such as human trafficking, GBV, drugs, child abuse and legal instruments including the new penal code.

The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana, while speaking at the closing of the workshop commended the youth for the spirit of volunteerism and urged them to create impact in their communities.

Present was also the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda.

“Your commendable human security activities are in line with the national human capital policy, and we believe such energy and spirit of patriotism can also address serious issues of teen pregnancies, poor feeding, illicit drugs among others,” Minister Nyirahabimana said.

She urged them to mobilize and sensitize their fellow youth in communities to desist from unlawful acts of abusing drugs and sexual malpractice, which lead to unwanted pregnancies and contracting STDs especially HIV/AIDS.

“The government target is to be a middle income country by 2035 and a developed country by 2050. This target cannot be realized when children are being abused, when parents don’t know about healthy feeding and the young people are being destroyed by drugs,” the Minister said.

Abdallah Murenzi, the national Coordinator for RYVCP, said members acquired vast knowledge on national security and development programmes and what is required of them to reinforce efforts to address issues at hand.

“Basically our major task is to influence positive change. We will therefore realign our activities to mobilize the public against criminal activities, educate them on proper feeding and their role in community policing. We need all hands to be together in security and development matters of their communities,” Murenzi said.

Source – Taarifa

Save Nigeria, resist violence – Group to youths

Mr Prosper Okafor, President, National Youths Summit on Peace and Security (NYSPS), on Wednesday urged Nigerian youths to resist all forms of violence capable of causing breach of the country’s peace and unity. Okafor told Newsmen in Abuja that security and peace were key to economic and political stability.

He urged youths to always put Nigeria ahead of their ambitions, saying that peace and security could not be realised without the youth. “We must promote peace, enhance security, national unity and integration using our strength. “Previous elections in Nigeria have been marred by all manners of violence and the need for its reversal cannot be overemphasised,’’ Okafor said.

The group’s leader, who restated the imperatives of national unity, said that only reorientation and reintegration of youths could make it possible. According to him, it is time for our youths to say no to greedy politicians’ lures of destruction during elections. He condemned in strong terms the ugly role of some politicians in sowing the seed of acrimony and tribal discord because of desperation for political gains. Okafor particularly blamed insurgency, militancy, armed robbery and other vices on the gullibility of some youths which, he said, must be jettisoned.

He reminded youths and politicians to tread carefully because elections “come and go’’ while Nigerian state was permanent. NYSPS has five strategic partners, including the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigeria Civil Defence (NSCDC). Others are the Nigeria Youth Parliament (NYP), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and National Association of Nigerian Students.

Source – Vanguard