Bad policies, youth's burden

HARARE - It is presently beyond any reasonable doubt that the promulgation of bad policies coupled with bad laws form the basis of a myriad of hardships facing the youths in Zimbabwe.

Initially, since independence the incumbent government failed to take the youths seriously, only using lip service to milk votes from the young generation.

At a later stage, the government started to take into cognisance very dangerous policies which in the process shattered the dreams of the youths.

One may look at the promulgation of Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (Esap) as the genesis of the current calamities bedevilling Zimbabwean young people.

The policy bears with it a multiplicity of negative socio, political and economic challenges more dangerous than the much-talked-of targeted sanctions.

The policy came with massive retrenchments, in a way giving birth to an incalculable rate of unemployment.

Socially, the living standards were from that period on a freefall, health, education and infrastructure also dilapidating, in the process lowering the life expectancy of many young people mainly faced with an HIV/Aids pandemic.

All the above problems gave birth to the political instability.

Esap meant that education fees had to be hiked and this had a negative bearing on the fortunes of the youths.

As if this was not enough, an otherwise noble land reform policy was dogmatically implemented and structured to become a land grabbing process of which the youths had much to lose.

All the youths who are purported to have benefitted from the process failed to be furnished with title deeds.

Failure to have title deeds meant the beneficiaries could not secure loans from banks resulting in high levels of either misuse or under-utilisation of land.

Therefore, the vision of the youths to progress in agriculture is presently rendered next to useless.

Also, the previous well functioning commercial farms served to create employment for youths, both skilled and unskilled.

So the unstructured agrarian grabbing of farms meant another employment creation facility was closed and it can be seen as government’s efforts to demonise its young generation.

So in essence, the party which will happen to win the next election should restructure the land policy to allow youths development and employment.

Also, the land distribution process in the late 1990s and early 2000 was a wrong political orientation for the youths since looting and killing was seen as a way of gaining property.

The youths should be oriented not in criminal activities and ill-gotten property if Zimbabwe is to develop again.

Presently the introduction of the indigenisation policy, under which the government is claiming 51 percent shareholding from foreign-owned companies is a thorn in flesh for the young generation.

This is so because the investors are being scared resulting in dropping levels of foreign direct investment.

This negatively affects the development of industry and therefore employment creation.

It should be common sense that for a country to develop, the youths should have opportunities through capacity building to be employed.

In this vein the gimmick of empowering the youths has since proven to be lacking intellectual and practical coherence.

The country should at least introduce policies which attract the investors to increase fortunes for the youths.

An economically conscious young person understands that grabbing of companies and shares to give an incapacitated person does not add value to a country that is in dire need of investment. - Francis Mufambi

*Francis Mufambi is a Political Science student at the University of Zimbabwe.

*Be active and engage in discussions pertaining the youths on Facebook by sending a friendship request to Youthszimbabwe Speak Out.Indegenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere, right, chats with Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace at the signing of the Zimplats empowerment transaction last week.

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