The Zimbabwe we want

HARARE - Politics in Zimbabwe has for a long time militated against the youth who dream of a democratic society and a change in leadership.

The youth end up being labelled rogue elements and are ostracised through arrests and intimidation.

Through a multiplicity of draconian acts, youth activists have all entered and exited the dilapidated jails and cells for the simple reason of striving for the betterment of the political, social and economic situation in the country.

Students’ leaders and activists have not been spared from political injustices resulting in most of the leaders being subjected to arbitrary arrests, torture and unnecessary convictions.

All this does not reflect the “Zimbabwe we want”.

Almost all state universities seem to be fast turning into “military state universities” in a desperate manner which shows a government addicted to destroying the future.

A myriad of suspensions, arrests and dismissals targets student leaders who are determined to lead the country in the attainment of a democratic dispensation.

The presence of Acts such as Ordinance 30 and a lot of such species also unequivocally serve to undermine the political consciousness of a Zimbabwean youth.

The ideal Zimbabwe every student presently strives to have is that where freedom of assembly and opinion among the youth is attained.

They do not want an environment where all citizens especially the youth grow up in an atmosphere of polarisation, hatred and intolerance.

The youth mirrors a nation where compulsory application of the law exists, fundamental human rights are observed and youth activities are tolerated.

The current suppression of the youth is so serious that if all young people who died in the liberation struggle were to resurrect, the country will witness them dying again due to sheer shock and heart failure realising how the ideals of independence have been betrayed.

It seems the leaders mostly those in Zanu PF who at the slightest opportunity claim ownership of the struggle, always strive to pull down the youth.

 They have forgotten the liberation struggle was realised through the help of the youthful hand.

In the same vein, common sense seems to be their bad fellow since they fail to openly see that if any country is to attain development, the youth should be the political life blood.

Presently the victimisation of young politicians, for instance Zinasu president Pride Mkono and even the MDC youth assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore, is a yardstick that shows democracy in the country is in the Intensive Care Unit.

As a victim of arbitrary arrests myself, it is clear the oppression of the youth is a project of the politically-aged leaders who only seek to view the youth not as future leaders but only as instruments of violence and political militias.

Never have I witnessed senior political leaders doing toyi toyi or sleeping in these so called bases.

Only the youth are seen as having the responsibility to donate blood to the mosquitoes during election time, sleeping in bushes and fighting all those who look forward for a change in the governing apparatus.

These institutions and their old guards have since convinced all the doubting Thomases that they cannot attain anything more than failure.

Therefore when a responsible youth looks forward, the future should be reclaimed and we do away with all accidents of history where the old destroyed the future of the young.

Unemployment rates are sky rocketing and those controlling the levers of power take it as an opportunity to corruptly use the young for violence and other personal achievements.

 The ideal Zimbabwe one looks forward to is — seeing the young politicians aspiring and holding office so that their views can also be heard and taken care of. - Francis Mufambi

*Francis Mufambi is a political science student at the University of Zimbabwe.

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