Call for Youth Involvement In Nation Building Gathers Momentum
By Bruce Tawanda
YOUNG people have called on government to involve youths in nation building and solving the socio economic and political problems in the country.
Speaking during YETT a program focused on youth involvement in governance, broadcast every Friday on Heart and Soul Tv and Radio (HStv) youth leaders from MDC and Lead said there was need to take a more youth-oriented approach when it comes to political and economic issues.
MDC youth assembly spokesperson Stephen Sarkozy Chuma said the abuse of young people by political leaders was tainting the political landscape.
“You’ll find that when it comes to politics, young people are used to advance the interests of the elderly who occupy political office and as such when it comes to issues that matter young people are almost always side-lined,” he said.
Chuma said the party having realized this challenge have moved to correct it by promoting young people into leadership positions.
“As the MDC youth wing we have managed to score some major points over the years. We have demanded within our own party, a ‘youth quota’ which resulted in many of our fellow youths being awarded seats. Because of our push for a youth-oriented party, 20% of the candidates fielded by MDC in the last election were youths”, Chuma said.
LEAD youth Spokesperson Tinashe Musarurwa said that nation building needs to be spearheaded by the younger generation as they are the only ones who can safeguard their future.
“Anything that needs to be done has to be driven by the youths. I believe that now is the time for the older generation to pass on the baton stick into the capable hands of the younger people because the problems that we face today need fresher minds. We have to be proactive and make sure that our voices are heard. We need to make sure that every youth recognizes their role in terms of nation building”, said Musarurwa.
LEAD said that as a party, they had made it their mission to put the youths at the forefront in everything they undertake.
“We decided that we needed young people to represent young people, as they are the only ones who can better understand and tackle whatever issues their counterparts are facing.
“We want representation of the youths in economic activities. Our party is a youth-oriented party with initiatives that are targeted at the younger generation because they are the future of our nation”, said Musarurwa.
The drive to put youths at the forefront is something that the MDC has embraced as well, according to their National Youth Spokesperson.
“It has always been our culture that we don’t want a one-generational party. President Nelson Chamisa himself came through the youth wing and I’m sure everyone knows just how active he was in those days. As a party we prioritise the younger generation and their participation in issues to do with nation building.
“We are also proud to say that the youngest MP in Parliament right now belongs to the MDC and that is Vincent Tsvangirai of course”, said Chuma.