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Zimbabwe Youth Council regulations SI 4/2013 criminal
Youth for Transparency and Progress
July 02 2013
Youth Council regulations SI 4/2013 is not only a threat to our
democracy but highly criminal and a direct attack on the already
impoverished youths. Instead of empowering the miserable and unemployed
youths, the bankrupt Government
of National Unity now demand the youths to pay it through this
draconian regulation, which is being administered by the National
It is not clear
yet how the government will account for millions of US dollars it
intends to mobilize from the poverty stricken youths. What is obvious
is that the success of such regulations in a country with 95% unemployment
rate and high poverty levels, will undoubtedly improve the life
style of our ministers and their families - posh cars, summer and
winter houses, unsanctioned international trips, great banquets,
endless conferences, all in the name of youth empowerment, that
has never been realized and poverty alleviation, that has never
seen the day. No youth organization will be spared from this purge
- leftist, neutral or rightist.
aim is to disengage and demobilize the youths, a very critical demography
even in the eyes of the enemy, ahead of elections possibly this
year. The Zimbabwean youth, the poorest the world over, though highly
learned, have become a serious threat to the political establishment
of the day hence the unilateral imposition of this undemocratic
order. Mugabe, who is still in power by military fiat, desperately
attempts to consolidate and maintain a tight grip on throne. We
consider this to be arbitrary and the last kick of a dying horse.
The MDC formations
in the Inclusive Government have also failed dismally, shown by
their continued reluctance to curb such totalitarian tendencies.
This cold shouldered approach might have been necessitated by their
realization that the youths are a serious threat not only to Zanu-PF
but even the MDCs as well in the event that they govern this country.
They have failed on their manifesto
to give jobs to the jobless and chances that they will fulfill this
promise if they get in power are very slim. The total disarmament
of the youths therefore is crucial for the survival of the two political
parties who have failed on their mandate.
The youths however,
will have to learn from history and that should remain our source
of inspiration in fighting the war of our time. Apartheid and Rhodesian
regimes passed the same draconian laws that saw militant nationalist
movements such as the City Youth League, ANC, NDP and the South
African based Youth League banned. Such a move is not new, but will
unite the youths and make them stronger than before. The years of
individualism are now over and there is a gradual realization of
the need for collective action to confront the common enemy, which
is a pleasing development. There is need therefore for action, not
words and a clear Program of Action to counter such repressive legislations.
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