Regional chairperson of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, Lorraine Sibanda, has urged youths in Matabeleland to shun violence and instead strive to nurture peace in their communities.
Sibanda, who was representing Gwanda mayor Lionel DeNecker at a peace-building workshop organised by the National Youth Development Trust said it was encouraging to see young people preoccupied with activities that nurtured peace.
The workshop was held at Gwanda District Club Hall on Saturday.
“Gwanda is a mining town, but there has since been a shift by the youths from mining to arts and this is a move that shows how talent should be nurtured, and peace embraced,” she said.
Sibanda said there was need for youths to participate and engage in nation-building processes so that their concerns were addressed.
“The artistic work that youths are exhibiting is commendable. It encourages a culture of not being docile and dissuades them from partaking in rowdiness as this destroys the possibilities of development,” she said.
“Youths should continue engaging in poetry, drama and art, so that they are kept occupied enough to stop them from thinking of and participating in immoral habits,” she said.