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  • We are ready for elections
    Youth Agenda Trust
    July 08, 2013

    Youths in Chegutu have declared that they are prepared for the July 31 harmonised elections and send clear message to under performing politicians who have been ignoring the plight of young people for a long time. Over 400 youths converged at Hartley 2 primary school in Chegutu and took part in the Play Your Vote Sports Tournament that was organised by Youth Agenda Trust where they vowed to kick out politicians who have been taking the electorate for granted for many years.

    The youths said they will not tolerate any forms of violence and said that they are ready to defend the outcome of the elections which has been manipulated by some unruly politicians in the past elections. They said that any attempt to rig the elections will not be condoned and called on the international community to keep a close eye on the government to ensure the polls deliver a credible and transparent election.

    Speaking to Youth Agenda Trust on Saturday, aspiring ward 6 councillor for Chegutu, Shepherd Jack, took a swipe at unscrupulous elements who are trying to manipulate the electoral process through acts such as tampering with the voters roll.

    “The youth in Chegutu have spoken, they do not want a violent election. They want a free, fair and credible election. We are ready as the youth to participate in the governance of our country,” said Jack. Addressing the youths, YAT programmes manager Lawrence Mashungu urged youths to be vigilant and to prepare themselves for various mind games that might be employed to frustrate them on the day of voting. "Learning from the past elections, a lot of dirty tactics will be employed to frustrate you but you must soldier on," Mashungu said.

    The youth said the time for reckoning has come for a government that has failed to give them jobs and to put food on their tables. They called upon youth countrywide to participate peacefully in the elections and deliver a government that represent their aspirations.

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