Embrace youths or sink: Mliswa

HARARE - Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson Temba Mliswa says political parties should embrace the youths or kiss goodbye to hopes of winning the eagerly-anticipated 2018 elections.

Presently, the main political parties are led by people over 60 years old with President Robert Mugabe being 92 and declaring that he will stand for election in 2018.

Speaking to Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard)’s ward executive structures in Hurungwe West constituency on Sunday, Mliswa said the old guard has failed Zimbabwe and there is now need to put in place mechanisms that will usher in a new dispensation comprising mainly the youth.

“The youth have to be emancipated from the current retrogressive and polarised political horizon because such an environment has been conducive to those in power who have used tactics to exploit and abuse the youths and to coerce them to engage in political violence, this position however, is fast approaching its doomsday,” said Mliswa.

Youths, who constitute 60 percent of the country’s population, have been in the past used by political parties as agents of violence but rarely occupy lofty positions in government or their respective political parties.

And Mliswa said it was with this in mind that he formed Yard, “a youth -driven organisation where youths from across the political divide meet to work towards the common goal of serving their generation in a peaceful and tolerant manner.”

“Since its inception in October 2015, Yard has set up structures in all 10 provinces, all administration districts, all 210 constituencies of Zimbabwe and is currently working on setting up structures at all ward levels.

“This amazing feat was made possible by the determination and drive of the youthful Yarders whose commitment is a shining beacon to the infinite possibilities that abound when young, learned minds come together,” said Mliswa

With elections fast-approaching, Mliswa said political violence has no place in a modern society and urged people to register to vote so that their voice is heard through the ballot box.

Speaking at the same occasion Mashonaland West provincial committee member Innocent Zvavarashe said they were going to pressurise the government to act on the alarming high cases of early child marriages that are being recorded in Hurungwe West.

“The minister has to protect the girl-child, rather than to protect moral decadence by distributing condoms at schools.

“Money meant for condoms in schools should be channelled towards the provision of basic needs such as sanitary pads for the girls to use.”

“We are going to pressurise Education minister Lazarus Dokora, to implement a ‘free education policy’ for the girl child, as such an initiative will assist in keeping the girls in school, a process which in turn will help to mitigate the scourge of unwanted pregnancies and child marriages.”

Comments (3)

A brilliant initiative Themba. Keep that up. I like your bravery and ideas. Youths need to shape their own future and desist from being used by political parties for violence. You are sent to harm your fellow brothers and sisters SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY PREFER TO DRINK ORANGE PULPY AND NOT THE TRADITIONAL COKE / FANTA, OR THEY NOW DRINK CHIBATAURA RATHER THAN CHIBUKU / INGWEBU. We want a peaceful democratic Zimbabwe. After all, the youths are the ones whose livelihood has been stolen by Zanu PF's miss-rule. YOUTHS MUKAI / VUKANI.

Icho - 1 April 2016

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