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youth activists arrested
April 08, 2013
Police in Bulawayo
this morning rounded up and arrested members of youth pressure group
for holding a demonstration against the continued neglect of locals
in employment opportunities.
of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution were arrested along
Belmont Road as they were demonstrating against a government parastatal
that ‘bussed in and employed’ more than 20 youths from
outside Bulawayo for a manual labour project happening in the City.
The pressure group organized the demonstration to put pressure on
the parastatal to prioritize local youths in projects happening
Bulawayo and Victoria Falls in particular and from Matabeleland
in general have on previous occasions clashed with the police and
some companies for what they call ‘the importation of labour
and skill while it is locally available’.
It is the hope
of many youths that the coming in of the Copac Draft
Constitution as the Supreme law of Zimbabwe will address such concerns
as Chapter Fourteen of the Draft Constitution creates a new system
of government where decisions are done at provincial level.
have castigated the arrest of 21 Bulawayo youth activists who were
protesting against ZESA’s decision of employing about 300
people from outside the Matabeleland Region for a project at Insukamini
Sub Station in Bulawayo as reported in the Newsday of 09 April 2013.
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