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call for peace ahead of polls
Youth Agenda Trust
February 11, 2013
Youth in Mudzi
have called for the Inclusive
Government to institute measures that ensures that young people
are protected from violence that has always haunted elections in
Zimbabwe especially in volatile areas such as Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe.
an electoral rights indaba that was held at Zhuwawo village Ward
11 in Mudzi, the youth pledged to play their part in the democratization
process in Zimbabwe by fully participating in the electoral process
by registering as voters and encouraging their peers to join the
About 120 youth
braved the intimidating political atmosphere in Mudzi and vowed
to make the 1+10 voter generation exercise a success and said they
will not leave any stone unturned in the build up to the forthcoming
The youth said
that politicians who want to use unscrupulous tactics to divide
the youth in the constituency will not be tolerated and called on
traditional leaders to refuse to be used by politicians by denying
youth proof of residence to register as voters.
In the course
of the rights Indabas that have so far been held by Youth Agenda,
it has been discovered that traditional leaders usually take advantage
of their socio-cultural influence to make it difficult for youth
to register as voters as they hold the key to the important proof
of residence document.
Mudzi is one
of the areas that were engulfed by political violence including
the infamous "Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve" limb amputating
frenzy that left hundreds handicapped while others slaughtered to
The Mudzi electoral
rights indaba is part of a series of training programs that are
meant to equip the youth with knowledge on their right to participate
in the electoral process.
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