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Forum welcomes new Minister of Youth: Francis Nhema
September 26, 2013
The Youth Forum
Zimbabwe welcomes the new cabinet which was recently appointed by
President Mugabe and hopes it now moves with speed and implement
what the Zanu-PF party promised the electorate during the election
campaigns. It is sad though that the Youth Forum views the new cabinet
as nothing new since 1980, but sees it as same old cronies who have
nothing new to offer this country.
We view the
new cabinet as old wine in old bottles. With an average age of around
60 years, it would be unfair for the young people to expect salvation
from this lot. The youth and the women largely remain by-standers
while Mugabe and his old guard take the mantle of both the party
and the country.
There is basically
no new person among the Cabinet Ministers.
welcomes the appointment of Honourable Francis Nhema as the new
minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment as
he brings the calmness and openness needed when dealing with young
people and may bring new policies that will benefit the youth. Youth
Forum Zimbabwe is of the view that the then minister of Youth honourable
Saviour Kasukuwere did very little for the youth during his time
in office as the Minister of youth, he spend most of his time, efforts
and energy on the indigenization drive at the expense of developing
youth friendly policies.
More so, the
combative approach employed by Kasukuwere did nothing to further
the interests of the diverse interests of young people. Most of
the policies and programs such as the Youth Funds under the tenure
of Kasukuwere have been accused by many critics as being too partisan
and Zanu-PF oriented and they failed to speak to the problems being
faced by the young people in marginalized areas. Young people mostly
in Masvingo and all the Matebeleland provinces could not benefit
from the Youth Fund under his stewardship.
believe though that a more youthful minister would have been an
ideal candidate for this office, say someone whose is in his/her
40s since they really know what exactly the youth need We welcome
the new minister and we hope he works expeditiously with Youth organizations
and other stakeholders in general to repeal the Zimbabwe Youth Council
Regulations (ZYC) Statutory Instrument 4/2013 (S1 4/2014) and reform
Youth Council Act which is now out-dated and out-of line with
the new constitution.
Youth Council SI 4/2013 is very retrogressive and as the minister
assumes office we hope he moves with speed and repeal the instrument
as it infringes the right to freedom of association of young women
and men. The statutory Instrument makes it impossible for young
women to organize against HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies and
it robs young people by levying them when they are already poor,
marginalized and unemployed e.g. Girl Guides with 10 000 members
will have to pay ZYC $30 000 dollars or face closure.
Youth Forum is concerned that the statutory instrument gives too
much power to the ministry of youth to meddle, undermine and ban
youth activities, initiatives and organizations and it also makes
it impossible for young people to organize and participate in key
national processes The new minister should also tackle the issue
of unemployment which is one of the greatest challenges facing the
youths in Zimbabwe. Youths must be empowered so as to reduce poverty
and unemployment. The process of obtaining indigenization loans
should be revised because youths find it difficult to obtain these
loans. Youths in rural areas find it hard to get empowerment funds
thus the minister must ensure that those youths also get these funds.
Also the issue of gender equality is of great concern, a few women
have managed to get the empowerment funds and some did not even
apply due to lack of information, some do not even know what it’s
all about hence awareness programs should be carried out so as to
educate people about such programs hence empowerment of the girl
child and equity is very important, girls have been side-lined in
all aspects especially in the decision making processes.
As young people
we want a Minister who is approachable and accessible and who is
of a sober mind and honourable Francis Nhema seems to suits this
description and we hope he will give us a listening ear and formulate
programs and policies that speaks to the issues and challenges of
young people. For about 13 years the way the minister has been visible
and accessible to issues of environment is amazing and as young
people we hope he will also do the same in his new cabinet portfolio.
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