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by National Youth Development Trust on violent occurrences during
the Parliamentary portfolio committee consultative meetings
National Youth Development Trust
October 25, 2011
Development Trust is appalled by the behavior and conduct of some
youths who have taken a deliberate stance to disrupt progressive
consultative meetings that provide Zimbabweans an opportunity to
shape democratic transition processes. The recent orgy of violence
that has characterized public consultations on policy issues are
an indication of the regressive nature of some political parties
that continue to bus young people to these meetings for the purposes
of disrupting progress.
A case in point
is the violent occurrences at Mucheke hall in Masvingo on Wednesday
October 19 as well as at the Bulawayo City Hall on Friday October
21, 2011 that led to the desertion of the meetings. The parliamentary
portfolio committee on, Justice, Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary
Affairs, consultative meetings on the Zimbabwe Electoral
Amendment Bill were violently disrupted by youths who tried
to suppress contributions from other people during the meetings.
Such expressions of a lack of tolerance amongst these youths are
a strategy being used by their sponsors to make intolerance of political
dissent a postcolonial culture with a consequent effect of derailing
democratization processes in Zimbabwe.
What is disheartening,
and deserving strong condemnation, is the continuous use of young
people as perpetrators of violence during these disruptions. Such
anoetic behavior, by these youths, is surely an appearance of the
sad realities of ideological indoctrination from a regime that is
refusing to die. The net effect of such indoctrinations have been
the survival of a Zimbabwe with a terribly stunted democratic culture,
antipathy towards and hatred of democracy; and disdain for human
rights, tolerance and pluralism.
In a political
climate, like the one prevailing in Zimbabwe, where the old is dying
and the new cannot be born, it becomes inevitable for the consequent
political vacuum to be occupied by political monsters. The disruption
of meetings facilitating citizen participation in legislative reforms
is part of a reflection of a monster occupying the political vacuum
hence the speed traps on the train of transition and attempts to
extinguish the embers of democratisation.
As part of the
development of a new social contract between citizens and their
leadership, there is a need to rebuild the people's confidence
in political processes by;
space for various institutional and legislative reforms, which
are needed to recreate the state, as a sensitive and people-oriented
political players to start building a culture of tolerance
that state security institutions conduct themselves in a non-partisan
and apolitical manner
the ghost of political violence through a proper national healing
process as a basis for building a peaceful, tolerant and just
NYDT urges young people to desist from engaging in violent behavior
for cheap political gains.
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