Yard makes inroads in rural areas

HARARE - Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) continues to make inroads in the remotest parts of the country, urging youths to seek political office ahead of 2018 elections.

Addressing Kariba rural district executive members at Siakobvu business centre at the weekend, Yard founding president and national coordinator Temba Mliswa said youths have a role to play to foster development.

Mliswa, a former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman and Hurungwe West Member of Parliament, was expelled from the governing party ahead of the 2014 congress.

He said youths have been abused to perpetrate violence against rivals in both Zanu PF and MDC.

Mliswa said he was a victim of Zanu PF’s violent and intimidation tactics.

“As youths, we must occupy our space to make policymakers accountable,” he said.

“Even traditional leaders and councillors must not abuse their offices for political gain. We do not want youths to be discriminated during food aid when they are 70 percent of the population.”

He urged youths from different political parties to support each other in seeking political office.

“Our founding principle is based on youth participation in elections and we are calling on youths be it from Zanu PF, MDC, MDC Ncube, Mavambo, Zapu, People First or any political party to take a leading role to participate in local, parliamentary and national elections. This ensures that youths’ voices are heard in policy formulation to empower us all. We are future leaders but the future is now.”

He added: “Let us participate and there is nothing to fear as we have seen youths being abused to commit acts of violence but it has never helped us for a good cause for youths.”

Kariba youths appealed to Yard to help them in funding some projects to empower them.

“As youths in remote Kariba rural, we have never benefitted from any government-initiated programmes for youths,” said one youth Edward Siakana.

“Our appeal to Yard is help us through funding youth projects that can empower us as there are no opportunities for job creation. Our future is bleak.”

Mliswa urged youths to continue probing policymakers on developmental funding and how it is being distributed.

He further implored youths to attend council meetings and political meetings to voice concern on issues that affect them.

Kariba is one of the vast constituencies represented by Zanu PF’s Isaac Mackenzie as Member of Parliament.

Villagers said he hardly visits the constituency. He could not be reached for a comment at the time of going to press.

Late Kariba Member of Parliament Shumbayaonda Chandengenda made an appeal in the august house in the mid 1990s to get a helicopter from government so that he could access the vast constituency that has poor road network.

It remains one of the least developed districts in the province.

Kariba Yard urban executive recently called on demarcation of the vast constituency saying it is too big for one MP.


Comments (1)

and yet mliswa is abusing the youth so that he remains relevant in the political arena,thankfully party youths have not been duped

truth - 20 April 2016

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