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YAT Board Chairperson rallies Bulawayo youth
Youth Agenda Trust
February 19, 2013

Youth Agenda Trust Board Chairperson Kudzai Kwangwari on Saturday told youth in Bulawayo to take full responsibility for the demise of the country unless they take up the challenge to bring positive change in their communities. Speaking to youth drawn across Bulawayo, Kwangwari told the youth who had gathered for the Electoral Rights Indaba to take the challenge of contributing positively to their communities as a personal responsibility and not wait for others to lead the process. He said that the youth generation should leave an indelible mark in history by defying the odds and overwhelmingly register as voters, a process he said must mark the first step towards controlling their own destiny.

The Youth Indaba comes at the backdrop of several other meetings that have been held across the country by YAT which are aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people on the electoral process. YAT has so far held such meetings in Masvingo, Uzumba, Mudzi, Sanyati, Redcliff, among other areas and intends to cover at least six provinces of the country as Zimbabwe prepares for watershed polls in 2013.

Previous elections in Zimbabwe have shown that young people do not participate in the electoral process for various reasons. A survey conducted by YAT in 2011indicated that the partcipation of young people in the electoral process is mostly affected by lack of knowledge and their negative attitudes and perceptions on the process. The Electoral Rights Indabas continue this week.

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