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Youth Agenda Trust
September 12, 2013
Youth from various
corners of the country says they are ready to play their part in
the socio-political and economic future of the country despite being
faced by a number of obstacles that not only threaten their future,
but also of generations to come.
The youths took
note of the shambolic
elections that were held on 31 July 2013 and also had time to
interrogate the performance of the Inclusive
government vis a vis the expectations of the people. The youths
also had time to discuss the history of the country’s constitutional
crisis and emphasised that in order for the country to move forward,
everyone must respect and adhere to the country’s constitution.
a workshop hosted by Youth Agenda Trust in Redcliff from Saturday
to Monday this week, the youths reiterated their desire to contribute
to the prosperity of the country but laid out a framework which
they said would help them achieve their objectives.
which was meant to train and inculcate the spirit of constitutionalism
among the youths ended with young people drawing the following framework:
youths of Zimbabwe, faced by seemingly insurmountable political,
socio and economic problems but united by our common quest towards
a prosperous nation, declare that the future of this country starts
today. We therefore propose that for this country to move forward,
the following reforms must be instituted by the leadership of this
country in order to safeguard the future of generations to come.
1. That the
Government steadfastly adheres and safeguards the Constitution
of Zimbabwe as the supreme law of the land and that no one should
be above it. The government should make sure that all people in
the country are treated equally without fear or favour.
2. That the government immediately draw a sensible and viable programme
of empowering all young people including opening up job opportunities
for all. Realising that the new government promised people over
two million jobs during the campaign trail, we urge the new office
bearers to deliver on this promise and that it should not end as
lip service or the usual political rhetoric.
3. That the government quickly addresses the social services sector
to ensure that the citizens of the country receives basic social
services in line with the demands of the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs). The government should look at ways of improving the
education sector to ensure that all young people get access to basic
4. That the government completes implementing reforms that remain
outstanding from the times of the coalition government to ensure
the country is conducive to all its citizens. The reforms among
others include: media, security sector, national healing among others.
5. That state institutions immediately stop being partisan but answerable
to the people of Zimbabwe. These state institutions include the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the army, police, prison service
among other state organs that have been accused of serving the interests
of few politicians at the expense of the people of Zimbabwe.
6. That the government of Zimbabwe immediately commission a board
of enquiry into the conduct and activities of ZEC as a matter of
urgency to ensure that it brings back confidence to the youth of
Zimbabwe on the electoral process which is a key ingredient of a
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