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people-centered policies and political programmes and not violence:
June 13, 2013
The main challenge
to the youth in pre and post electoral period is the fermentation
of violence. Young people are either coerced into taking part in
political violence or they become victims of it. Zanu-PF has had
a manipulative stronghold on the Zimbabwean youth in the past couple
of decades; recruiting young people to arrest all the winds of change
and to sabotage activities by the pro-democracy movement so as to
cling on to power. The youth have been lured through inducements
to commit brazen acts of violence
before, during and after elections.
The rampant unemployment and abstract poverty in Zimbabwe has left
young people exposed mostly as victims of politically motivated
violence. As a result the youth continue to be recruited using food
and other short term supplies.
As the country slowly marches towards the next plebiscite expected
by July 31, we call upon the Zimbabwean youth to desist from being
used as proponents of political violence but rather become active
advocates of policy development within their political parties.
The youth should strive to influence policies and political programmes
which enhance the marketability of their political parties through
dialogue with; and education of the electorate on their party programmes
and policies rather than violence. Parties with nothing to offer
will easily resort to violence.
The Youth Forum seriously urges young people in the country to go
through all the contesting political parties’ election manifestos
before committing the pen to the ballot. This will ensure that they
are able to vote for a party which promises to act on their challenges.
We realize if political processes are driven by what parties are
offering to the electorate and the electorate is aware of this then
incidences of violence will be drastically reduced in the run up
to the polls.
The Youth Forum also hopes that the on-going pontification against
political violence by the country‘s political protagonists
will translate into peace towards, during and after elections.
note with great concern that the so called intensive mobile voter
registration exercise is not living to its billing as it has failed
to take place at the ward level as initially anticipated. This exercise
is now taking place at district level where teams from the registrar
general randomly select a few wards to visit per district. This
development is contrary to assurances given to the nation by the
ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau. This sad development is mostly
affecting young people in rural areas who carry on facing the burden
of forking out large sums of money to reach the nearest registration
points. This development stands clearly as an affront to a credible
We, however, persist to exhort the youth to brave these man-made
barriers and get registered as voters during the on-going mobile
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