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    Youth Agenda Trust
    February 26, 2013

    Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development Senator Morgan Komichi on Saturday warned Youth Agenda Trust members and youth from various political parties to be wary of the whims and caprices of some unruly politicians who are bent on manipulating the youth for selfish political gains.

    Speaking at an Electoral Rights Indaba held in Harare, Senator Komichi called on the youth to fully participate in the forthcoming referendum and national elections to ensure that they do not leave anything to chance as some politicians thrive on the reluctance of young people to participate in national processes.

    “There are some politicians who are saying vote 'yes’ to the constitution during the day but saying 'no’ during the night. As the youth, you should be able to distinguish between progressive politicians and retrogressive forces. You must be prepared,” Komichi said.

    Komichi also reiterated the call for youth to register to vote and leave a mark in this year’s polls.

    The Indaba which was facilitated by Jack Zaba from the Electoral Resource Centre (ERC) drew participants from Chitungwiza where they were taught how to effectively participate in the electoral process.

    Zaba took the participants through the electoral cycle and the opportunities that are presented by the Electoral Amendment Act and the glimmer of hope that is also posed by the envisaged new constitution.

    Zaba also challenged the youth through facts and figures of the 2008 elections which showed that very few youth participated in the process and called them to register in numbers and shame their critics.

    In his closing remarks, YAT board secretary Simbarashe Moyo told the youth to brace for tougher times ahead, judging from previous elections, but said the maximum participation of youth in important national processes is the panacea to the country’s socio-political and economic problems.

    The Electoral Rights Indabas which have so far been held in 6 provinces are platforms for youth from different political parties to engage with one another and chart a common trajectory as the country prepares for the constitutional referendum and harmonized elections. The next Indaba will be held in Harare this week.

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