Yard could turn political party: Mliswa

HARARE - Former Zanu PF Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa, has said he will turn his Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) pressure group into a fully-fledged opposition political party, if the existing parties fail to accommodate youths.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mliswa lamented the failure by political parties to embrace the youth, whom he said are the country’s future leaders.

“…our structures are going pretty well, we are in all the provinces in the country, all the admin districts in the country and all the constituencies in the country…And when the parties fail to accommodate the youth,…this is not a threat, this is the truth, Yard will turn into a party.

“If the parties don’t accommodate them at this point in time, it will turn into a party because they have been forced to do that.”

He said Yard, which was officially launched in November last year, fights for reform and democracy, further reiterating the need by political parties to involve the youth in their programmes.

He said his organisation is aimed at building the nation.

“We therefore appeal to the political parties to give a position on their policies pertaining to the youth. How many of the 210 constituencies will be put aside for the youth? That’s what we want in simple terms,” he said, further asking Zanu PF, MDC, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, NCA, Zapu and People’s Democratic Party to clearly state the number of seats they would reserve for the youth.

Mliswa, who has just returned from South Africa where he attended the Julius Malema-led opposition political party Economic Freedom Fighters’ local elections manifesto launch, said he was under pressure to form a political party because 90 percent of the youth were non-aligned.

“I have been under pressure to create a party for the youth, which we believe that come 2018, we are not looking at taking over if there was ever a party to be formed, but the youths believe that there could be at least a 15 to 20 percent of the seats,” he said.

Mliswa added that the Zimbabwean situation is worrying because the youth constitute the majority of the population but little space has been created for them to contribute effectively in the process of national building.

Comments (13)

this boy must be having serious nightmares. does he not have anything else to do? temba do you think you're boy big enough to stradle political rails unaided? had it not been your estranged uncle, would you have 'won' a primary election? then when uncle fall you fall with him!! in football you failed & in politics you are failing; please leave politics for those with the skin & bone for the game!

SaManyika Chaiye - 5 May 2016

Anopenga mfana uyu.

Muchavavamwe - 5 May 2016

Does Mliswa meet with the Daily News on a weekly basis or what ?

Truth Said - 5 May 2016

Mliswa is not mad. Its part of a plot. YARD, ZimPF, Lacoste, G40 are all playing a carefully planned script - confuse the electorate, split the votes and deny MDC-T victory. They are fully aware Zimbabweans have no capacity to see this.

Gokomere - 5 May 2016

we knew all along mliswa was desperate for a constituency and gullible youths were his target

truth - 5 May 2016

ko imi zvinokurwadzayi chinyiko ? he has the attention he needs, dont ask why, bcuz he is worthy it! for how long will u concenrate power in the hands of nonagenarians ? its high tym the youths are recognised!

tapiewa - 5 May 2016

Zanu PF,MDC-T,ZimPF,Yard,Zapu,PDP are just different versions of the same DEVIL.The masses have to rise up from this slumbering and take up their rightful position in society.We are the people...We are the Government....Come 2018 Simba Makoni PaChigaro...Pamberi neMKD...look at it this way comrades..Simba Makoni is the only leader who walked away from Zanu PF.Joyce,Didymus,Mlisa were EXPELLED havana kubva vega.Tsvangirai akadyiswa mari muGNU akakanganwa MASS.....Come 2018 MKD 1 vote yangu munayo DEFINITELY

NYKA YAVE MAMVEMVE - 5 May 2016

Just because he was invited to the EFF manifesto launch last weekend and saw the stadium in Soweto full, he thinks he can also do the same in Zimbabwe.Daydreaming is what you are doing coz we know you are Zanu Pf and the youths also know the kind of person you are. Malema formed EFF after being booted out of ANC so you also want to form your party because you were booted out of ZANU PF

chimuti - 5 May 2016

MLISWA IS VERY CORRECT

toti - 6 May 2016

Mliswa is 100% correct Mdc-t Zanu pf tend to reserve seats for women eg last elections thy reserved for women constituences which is absurd.Long live Mliswa long live

@youth - 6 May 2016

MLISWA ARI RIGHT VANHU AVA VEZANUPF VANODA HONDO,NAHARAHWA MUGABE.

Mwana WArosemary MARGOLIS HARARE - 6 May 2016

A Party for Youths only? What happens when they become adults? Do they cease to be members, and what age limit are youths in YARDs definition?

boutros - 7 May 2016

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