Push for youth-led party

MUTARE - Youths here have said they are keen to present a viable political force in the 2018 presidential elections that is strong enough to effectively participate and influence the formal political process.

Contributing at a consultative debate organised by the Temba Mliswa-led Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) in Manicaland, the youths were unanimous in their quest to identify able youths to vote for in the next crunch polls.

The youth form the majority of the membership base for Yard.

They noted that political empowerment and inclusion of the youth in the democratic process was important for the success of the current transitional process.

Bridget Dumbuka, a deputy secretary-general in the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party, said most youths were increasingly disillusioned and expected Yard to turn into a political party.

“Most youths have been moving from one party to another and now want Yard to be the real deal,” Dumbuka said.

“From jumping ship so many times, some no longer have anywhere else to go. Soon we will be grandmothers without having achieved anything as youths as we remain repressed.”

Her comments were echoed by Robson Goteka, the grouping’s Chipinge district administrator, who said youths were “fed up with the politics of the so-called political parties”.

Lynette Mudehwe, a civic activist, said she had observed from the meeting that most youths needed their voice to be heard.

“What is clear is that young people feel they now need their own system through which they can make decisions and influence the course of events in the country,” Mudehwe said.

Mliswa, an admirer of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, told the meeting that he would not stand in their plan for a youth-led party.

“Can you stop a child who is crawling from walking?” Mliswa asked. “This is my answer…you can’t stop progress. But structures are key; especially at ward level.”

The mooted youth-dominated party, however, faces an array of challenges. Its internal cohesion is threatened by differences of political opinion.

Structural weaknesses and lack of organisational capacities also hinder the ability to perform effectively.

Capacity-building, political education and leadership skills will be crucial for the outfit to become an effective player in Zimbabwe’s transition, analysts say.

Comments (6)

ewoni, but all is vanity. be steady, machunks haazi nyama

zim mberi - 27 January 2016

The impertuosity of youth glaringly examplified!

Rawboy - 27 January 2016

Good idea, we are tired of being lead by 'hari yofadzirofa'. But before i say what i think, what is the general agreement of who qualifies to be called a youth.I am not sure myself but do not agree with ZANU PF'S thinking that Absolom Sikosana who is closer to 60yrs is a youth.

Robsugar - 28 January 2016

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Earn - 28 January 2016

It is very much possible for the youth to be involved in politics whilst in agreement that you can not stop a baby who was crawling from walking. The youth must be willing to diligently study law and politics including a lot of history as to ground themselves first. There are many places they can learn how things are done, observing from different countries not only in the west but even in Africa there are other countries that practice democratic politics and look at the Conservative of Great Britain its full of youth and they took the country by storm. Temba can brain storm this. Zanu at one time had Learnmore Jongwe and MDC T has many young people so there are a lot of references look at how Tendai Biti worked and showed off as a young politician in the last coalitio government. Temba in Zanu many people knew he was a threat to many old folks. So Yard need to properly reorganise and get all these young persons full of potential ground them in real politics not violence and they will see even some Zanu Pf ones will join the good cause. On the issue of political beliefs its easy as soon as some agree to form the party the only condition of acceptance is to agree with the main cause to unseat the current government and replace with trustworthy zealous youth who are willing to restore bread and better to beloved republic. With continued learning and teaching ( seminars Mr Mliswa) you will have an army of powerful politicians. And encourage them to take political science at colleges and universities so you have people who know what they are doing at work. Young people in the developed world spent years learning political science and the amount of work they put in even as councillors in local councils its amazing just for betterment of the people they represent and when in Parliament its even more. You will need zealous people like Paul Madzore from MDC T. Young people who are not afraid just like how Mugabe, Josiah Tongogara, Simon Muzenda and Joshua Nkomo were in their hay days long ago. No fear face the regime and aim to change it is the motto.

Zim Analyst - 28 January 2016

There is no evidence that the youth have any real love for Country. Otherwise why wait for a geriatric to lead them? They would rather hightail it out of the country to foreign lands, in pursuit of riches. That's all they think about. Given the level of misrule by Bob, one would have expected them to have been on the streets long ago. There will never be a proper electoral register under ZANU. The security forces will continue to meddle and rigging is always going to be normal practice. Talk of elections in this climate is therefore a pipe dream extraordinare.

Dunlop Munjanja - 29 January 2016

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