Youths give Chombo ultimatum over stands

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The Zanu PF-aligned Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) has given Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo a seven-day ultimatum to deliver to them the land he promised last year failing which they threatened youths would invade open spaces.

Part of a letter dated September 27 2011 copied to Youth, Indeginisation and Economic Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda reads:

“Following the meeting held on July 16, 2011 at the 19th Session of the Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe at the Harare International Conference Centre where you promised the youths 1 000 residential stands, we have been waiting and are alarmed at the rate the stands are donated to sectors not youth-related. We are seeking your honourable office to act on this request.

“We have no patience. We give you a seven-day ultimatum that is coming as a result of the youths’ frustration after again being promised 2 000 stands by you in 2009. We have waited in vain.

“All talk and no action does not build a nation. After the ultimatum, appropriate action will be taken,” warned the youths.

The ZYC threat follows similar action by another youth group, Upfumi Kuvadiki, a member of the ZYC, that early this year attempted to take over Easipark, a South African company which is in partnership with the City of Harare to run motor vehicle parking services in cities.

Masunda said politicians should desist from making promises they were unable to fulfil. Councillor Peter Moyo said the youths should concentrate on education and must be warned against acquiring wealth through dubious means.