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 The same outdated principles have been used since Independence to run the country and party.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.

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Politics: Is voter apathy on the rise among SA youth?

By NALEDI MASHISHI AND ONKE NGCUKA

Young South Africans make up the majority of eligible voters who have not registered to take part in next week’s elections, raising concerns over voter apathy barely a generation after many of their parents won the right to vote for the first time.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa says nearly 27 million people registered to vote on May 8 for a new parliament and provincial legislatures, representing about 75 percent of the eligible population.

The commission, however, said it was concerned that about 9.8 million eligible voters who did not register. Of those, about 6 million – more than 60 percent – are under 30 years old.

Reuters spoke to some young citizens to find out why they might sit out the elections, 25 years after members of the country’s black majority cast ballots for the first time, bringing an end to white minority rule.

Many said they did not know who to vote for, as they don’t trust any of the main political parties to address the issues that matter to them.

They complained about a lack of jobs, high crime rates, corruption and poor public services – issues the governing African National Congress (ANC), in power since 1994, has promised to address.

Kananelo Makgetha, 23.

Makgetha, from the Johannesburg township of Soweto, won’t be voting in the elections. The university graduate is too busy trying to find work.

“I come here to the internet café, apply for jobs. That also requires for you to have money to print out, buy time at the internet café, you know what I mean?” he said.

“So where are you supposed to get the money if you’re not working? That’s one of my biggest frustrations. And also you are called for an interview, you are supposed to go there, who has the money to go there? Like, you know for transportation. Where are you gonna take that money from?”

Obvious Mokwena, 23

Mokwena, who lives in the impoverished Johannesburg township of Alexandra, has been eking out a living as a trolley pusher at a mall in the wealthy financial district of Sandton.

“We could vote for the political parties that say they are going to provide jobs, but at the same time, we can’t vote for what we’re not seeing,” said Mokwena.

“There are many issues in Alex (Alexandra), such as crime. People commit crimes because they don’t have jobs. They’d rather rob others, because then they can have the bit of money that they want.”

Solving these issues won’t be easy, he said, but the future of the country is at stake.

“The perpetrators of these crimes are the young generation. They take drugs and commit crimes.”

Aadil Cajee, 25

Cajee, 25, an actuary with a local insurance company in Sandton, says he won’t be voting in the upcoming election as the only party he feels aligns with his interests is the ANC, but he is worried about allegations of government corruption that have been surfacing at a judicial inquiry.

“I figure there’ll be corruption in every government. But the problem I find is that having what came out from the commission of inquiry now recently, and still nothing’s been done, I just find that ridiculous,” said Cajee, who is originally from Rustenburg, in the North West Province of South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that those implicated at the inquiry will face the law.

Petronela Mukhine, 20

Mukhine, who is an unemployed resident of Alexandra, doesn’t see a point in voting.

“They’re all doing the bare minimum,” she said of the main political parties. “We need change. A lot of people are unemployed, most of them don’t have houses. They stay in shacks and it’s not safe.”

Anthonino D’Amico, 19

D’Amico, a student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, who comes from Potchefstroom, a small town in the North West Province of South Africa, said he would vote next week.

“People that don’t vote are in my opinion normally the ones that complain the most. Why would they be the ones that want to complain if they don’t try and change what is wrong?”

Source iol

Malawi: YouthDecide 2019 takes youth manifesto to Chitipa, Rumphi

By Nyasa Times Reporter

YouthDecide 2019, a campaign whose chief aim is to make sure the interests of the youth are incorporated in politicians’ and political parties manifestos prior and after the forthcoming May 21 tripartite polls, has launched a deliberate strategy to make sure that it reaches out to as many youths as possible across the country.

The youth manifesto document was launched early this year at Crossroads Hotel in the capital Lilongwe, and some of its critical points in the document include calling for the abolishment of the quota system, increase selection of students to institutions of higher learning by 25 percent in the first year of the would-be government and the maximum protection of persons with albinism.

According to YouthDecide campaign national coordinator, Daliso Magelegele, they made all presidential candidates sign the document so they could be held accountable should they fail to live up to their promises.

Said Magelegele: “The document will act as evidence on our part, and it will be easy for us to take them to task. Politicians have taken us, the youths, for granted because we have not been serious with them.

“Therefore, we want the youths themselves, who are the biggest chunk of the population, to take a leading role in holding these politicians responsible. It will be up to them to them to decide how to deal with them.”

In Chitipa and Rumphi, where hundreds attended the launches, there was great excitement about the idea of the youth manifesto not just amongst the youth but also the elderly.

“I was just moving like a passerby but when I heard the message from the speakers, I decided to stop and listen. Because I have children who are in their twenties who are uncertain of their futures.

“They are not here, but once I get home, I will make sure they hear the message this campaign is propagating. They are actually victims of the quota system, and I am sure they will support the campaign,” said Julius Msowoya, 64.

And, speaking to crowds that gathered at Rumphi Boma, Magelegele wooed the youths to be proactive in deciding their fates.

“It is our Malawi, and we should not just–as youths–be used as perpetrators of violence by politicians. Let us stand up and decide our futures. Let us decide what kind of Malawi we want to live in,” he said.

Former chairperson of the Chitipa Civil Society Network, Sydney Simwaka, hailed YouthDecide for the initiative saying it is timely.

“At the peak of the electoral period right now, it is imperative that YouthDecide is engaging the youths constructively. And, I am happy they are seriously condemning violence strongly,” said Simwaka.

According to Magelegele, they are set to launch the youth manifesto to several other districts in the country before the May 21 polls.

Source Nyasa Times

Moving the needle: The youth vote in South Africa

By Zohra Dawood

As Election 2019 kicks into full swing, the numbers, names and details have become available, much of it online. A healthy 48 political parties will be contesting the national elections, with 26.74 million – or 74.4% – of the voting population having registered to vote. Of this number, 55% are women. A significant number of registered voters, almost 25%, are in the 30 to 39 years age group. Amidst this positive news is the real news, that 9.8 million eligible voters have not registered to vote, with a significant 62% of these under the age of 30 years, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The obvious question is why?

In a previous article, Coming of Age: Why the Youth Vote Matters, the following was posited, “What future would you like to see, and how will you get there?”. This question takes on a greater urgency in the light of the large numbers of youth voters who will not be exercising this democratic right. Perhaps some of the reasons relate to poverty and the cost and logistics of getting to voting stations to register to vote. These factors were identified at a CUD Roundtable Discussion on 28 March 2019, What will Count in the 2019 Elections. Reza Omar, Strategic Research Director at Citizen Surveys and Dr Collette Schultz-Herzenberg, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, were the speakers. Dr Schultz-Herzenberg advocated for an automatic registration system when people reached the age of 18 years, emphasising that this was not tantamount to forcing people to vote but would potentially reduce the “hassle factor”. These suggestions were viewed positively by many in the audience at the discussion and, if implemented, might well result in a few more people turning out to vote. It is, however, not clear that the solution lies here. Even without these impediments, the question is whether the actual numbers at the polls would show otherwise.

An additional consideration for most young people is that of having a diverse menu of political options to choose from, and the best means to access this information. On the latter point, the IEC and a myriad political parties have studiously attempted to use social media and other technologies to publicise information, as opposed to previous strategies of focusing exclusively on littering the roadside with posters and banners. The IEC’s Xse (Ek sê) campaign, logo and television advertisements are an attempt to capture the interest of the youth voter. So a glance at a phone, every few minutes, will provide information sought, while Twitter and Facebook are fora for commentary and critique amongst peers.

The thesis that young people of voting age, prefer a myriad and diverse slate of options is a point also worth interrogating, considering the number of political parties contesting the elections. A very tongue-in-cheek analysis of the 48 political parties shows no lack of options. There are 16 parties beginning with an A (and many of these were concocted to appear on the first page of the ballot paper); 2 with a B; 4 with a C; 2 with a D; 2 with E; 3 with F; 1 with G; 3 with I; 1 with L; 1 with M; 2 with N; 4 with P; 3 with S; 1 with U; 1 with V and finally 1 with W, being the Women Forward. If this were an academic report card of the average young person, there would be cause for celebration. Alas, the offering is feeble, and the party propositions offer little succour to the majority of the nine million unregistered voters, especially the youth.

The appeal of these 48 political parties is varied, with ideologies ranging from the far left, like for instance Irwin Jim’s Socialist Revolutionary Worker’s Party, advocating the abolishment of the capitalist system, to Malema’s EFF and BLF with their Africanist views, to more centrist parties, like Patricia de Lille’s GOOD and the DA, to those on the right of centre, like the ACDP. With time and inclination, the manifestos of each will shed more light on their strategies. However, it is unlikely that young people have bothered to drill down and get to know what is offered to them.

The reasons for youth apathy, anger and cynicism about the elections are well-known and detailed in the article cited above. Few political parties, bar the EFF, have expressly pitched a line to the youth or have mobilised this constituency to any extent. The EFF have found the sweet spot of the disillusioned, under-educated and unemployed youth and are using this to full effect. Unfortunately, their approach risks breaking up an already fragile social compact and resulting in even greater racial polarisation.

Every political party, without exception, should be gravely concerned about the current turn of events, if the voter registration process is a barometer of interest in and the health of our constitutional democracy. The risks associated with this voting bloc turning away from democratic principles and processes should sound the loudest alarm bells. The question for political parties is how do they intend to move the needle in order for young voters to see their roles in deepening and thickening democracy in South Africa, as opposed to witnessing an endless game of political point-scoring by parties intent on promoting their own narrow interests, and not those of the electorate.

This responsibility, however, cannot exclusively be placed on the shoulders of political parties. Young voters should themselves heed the prophetic words of former US President Barack Obama, when he said, “What I’m asking for is hard. It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future”.

It may be too late for the unregistered voters to heed this call, but for those who are registered, the opportunity approaches, come Election Day.

Perhaps it is time for a campaign by all civil society organisations to urge their members – and the the public at large – to exercise their democratic right to vote on 8 May 2019, lest we weaken or even lose that right in future.

Source Politics Web

Angola: MP Wants More Youths Involved in Local Elections

By EIN

The second deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Suzana Augusta de Melo, appealed on Thursday in Luanda for young people to join and commit themselves to the institutionalization process of the local elections, which are to be held in the country for the first time in 2020.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting of the seventh parliamentary commission with Youth Platforms, the MP (pictured at centre) considered it an important occasion for lawmakers to be aware of the anxieties of young people.

On the occasion, the MP highlighted several issues discussed in the meeting such as education, vocational training, employment, health, housing and public services.

On his turn, the member of the National Youth Council (CNJ) António Tingão, defended the urgent approval of the legislative package for local elections.

To António Tingão, the MPs must take into account the recommendations and proposals embodied in the consulting process report made with several sections of the society.

The meeting with Youth Platforms was instituted by the 7th Commission of the National Assembly five years ago. It aims at bolstering the capacity of youth leaders on the main politico-juridical instruments.

Source EIN Newsdeck