Youths in Masvingo have claimed that there is unfair distribution of funds under the Youth Development Fund (YDF), spearheaded by government to empower youths countrywide.
The allegation was made at the International Youth Day commemorations at Mucheke Stadium.
Youth development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who officiated, was forced to call upfront a youth, who accused his ministry of giving the money to youths aligned to other political parties.
“We just hear of the money (Youth Development Fund), but we do not get it. Maybe officials from your ministry have some chosen few they give the money. They only approve and distribute the money to those that they know,” the youth, who was given the platform by Kasukuwere, said, amid applause from the audience.
Kasukuwere, however, said the money, though insufficient, would be distributed in a non-partisan and transparent manner.
“The money is little and cannot cater for all youths. It is insufficient, but those given should pay back to ensure continuity of the fund. Those who benefit should remember that there are others waiting to get the money.
“Start with him so that he will not complain, give him a $2 000 loan,” he said.
Kasukuwere said the $1 million YDF would be evenly distributed among all provinces.
“The money will be distributed to all the country’s provinces. Though it is inadequate, it can uplift you if used properly,” he said.
The minister also said there was no going back on the indigenisation programme, targeted at taking over mines and foreign-owned businesses.
He, however, warned against violence.
“We do not want violence. You should work together as youths. Promote dialogue and respect each other,” said Kasukuwere. In a rare show of unity, officials from MDC-T, who included Kasukuwere’s deputy Tongai Matutu and Zaka North MP Ernest Mudavanhu, attended the event.