MDC cries foul over youth fund

HARARE - MDC MPs have complained that youths from their party are being excluded from a fund meant for youth empowerment programmes which they say is benefitting Zanu PF youth members only.

Government has disbursed $10 million towards the youth fund since the formation of the coalition government to empower youths start income-generating projects.

But the MDC says the fund is blighted by patronage.

This came out when Central African Building Society (Cabs) senior managers presented oral evidence to the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on progress in the disbursement of the Kurera/Ukondla Youth Fund  yesterday.

Cabs is handling the fund and managers Brian Mpofu and Patrick Maseko were grilled by MDC legislators over the disbursements of the funds.

Morgan Femai, Senator for Chikomba and Rorana Muchiwa, Senator for Hwata raised the issue.

“We are hearing from our youths in urban constituencies that they are being excluded with youths from rural areas getting preference and these are mainly associated with a certain political party in the inclusive government,” said Muchiwa.

“The application letter is being accompanied by letter from senior party bigwigs to make their application acceptable, this is causing problems to youths associated with our party,” said Femai.

MDC senator Buda Masara demanded that the financial institution provide names of the youths who have benefitted from the fund amid reports the funds were being dished out based on political patronage.

Cabs is working with the Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment ministry headed by Zanu PF youth leader Savior Kasukuwere in running the fund.

In response, Mpofu said Cabs got names of youths to benefit from the fund through Kasukuwere’s ministry.

“We get the names from the Youth ministry but we don’t ask for one’s political affiliation,” said Mpofu.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.