Villagers in the Garanyemba area of Gwanda have been urged to desist from fighting each other over political issues as that was detrimental to community development.
This was said by the Zimbabwe Unemployed People’s Association (Zupa) vice-president Mqondisi Moyo at a meeting held at Garanyemba Primary School on Saturday.
Moyo said fighting over politics had brought hatred among villagers and crippled development in many communities. He said people should refuse to be incited into fights by politicians.
Zupa is a union representing unemployed and retired people across the country whose objective is to empower its members by teaching them to be self-reliant through self-employment.
Moyo said Zupa was concerned with the creation of jobs and employment of people at local level.
“You must desist from fighting over political parties as this scuttles development.
“We are an organisation whose core objective is to empower the unemployed and the retired. Politicians may make you fight yet at the top they eat together.
“Do not allow outsiders to divide you or use you to pursue their political agendas,” said Moyo.
He also criticised women for singing praise to politicians who did not respect their husbands.
Moyo encouraged villagers to promote their cultural values and norms by encouraging youths to form cultural groups.
As a way of empowering the unemployed, the president of Zupa, Thamsanqa Zhou, is sponsoring a cultural group called Inkanyezi Arts and Culture (KwaZhou Foundation), which specialises in drama and traditional dance and song.
Moyo said more than often unemployed youths ended up engaging in immoral activities and political violence as a way to kill time or to make ends meet.