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  • Constitutional feedback meeting
    National Youth Development Trust
    October 07, 2013

    The National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) held a constitutional feedback meeting at Mpopoma Hall on Thursday October 3, 2013. The meeting was chaired by the local youth councillor and facilitated by Godwin Phiri of Citizenship rights in the new constitution were a key issue in the meeting as a number young people were interested in claiming the right to dual citizenship. They however, said they did not have sufficient information on the procedures to follow.

    Young people in the meeting felt that most provisions in the constitution and how they are being implemented were not in sync. They gave the example that the constitution guarantees the right to freedom of association and assembly yet laws like the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) remain fully functional in place. They also lamented the slow implementation of the constitution, citing that most commissions are yet to be set up. The youths called for the urgent set up of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission highlighting that there were issues that needed to be dealt with. They made reference to the fact that they were directly and indirectly affected by Gukurahundi and subsequent electoral violence that had claimed the lives of their loved ones.

    Although the young women in the meeting commended the progress towards commitment to women empowerment in the new constitution, they highlighted that the composition of the new cabinet was not reflective of such commitment. This, they said was an indication of the insincerity of government towards women development issues. The young women however, encouraged each other to empower themselves through education as it is a powerful tool for personal development. The constitutional feedback meetings are conducted by the NYDT at a ward level in an effort to assist young people know their constitutional rights and exercise them.

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