MDC-T youth ratchet Parly, council seats pressure

MDC-T youths are ratcheting up pressure to dominate parliamentary and local government seats ahead of this year’s elections amid revelations that they are determined to fight under-representation and complement their youthful presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Last year the party conceded to the youth’s demand to have at least 20% of the seats reserved for them in each province and pursuant to that, they have since furnished the MDC-T leaders with their desired seats and constituencies.

Youth assembly leader Happymore Chidziva confirmed to NewsDay yesterday that they were focusing on getting as many youths to represent the party in the forthcoming elections.

Already, the party is having a youthful presidential candidate and MDC-T was gearing towards having a youthful outlook on all the representation, as opposed to other political parties, especially Zanu PF, where there is minimal representation of youths.

“I am happy with the decision to give youth some space to represent the party. Our late president, Morgan Tsvangirai, in his national tour and engagement of stakeholders and opinion leaders across the country, was advised on the need to include youth in public office,” he said.

“In president Tsvangirai’s own words, during the consultative workshops with opinion leaders, he always reiterated the need to ensure that the party does not become a one generational movement.

“In other words, what our founding father’s views were hinged upon the unfathomable desire to have young people occupying positions of influence in order for them to be able to determine the path and roadmap of the country.”

NewsDay gathered that in Harare, Chidziva is earmarking Highfield West, while his deputy Shakespeare Mukoyi is targeting Kuwadzana East, held by the party leader, Chamisa.
The youth also want Epworth, Mbare and Mabvuku, among others and more than 20 wards. Harare has 47 wards.

Among those in the youth leadership targeting local authority seats include the assembly’s secretary general Lovemore Chinoputsa (ward 9) and Denford Ngadziore (ward 16).
In Bulawayo, the assembly is targeting at least Bulawayo South and Mpopoma-Pelandaba, among others of the more than 10 wards.

In Manicaland, the youth assembly has so far set eyes on at least five constituencies, namely Mutasa South, Buhera Central, Chipinge West, Chipinge South and Chikanga-Dangamvura, while in Masvingo, they want Masvingo Central, Gutu South and Bikita West.


Although the parliamentary seats demand is in all the provinces, the youth have largely dwelt on local government, where there are many seats.

They said it was important for them to dominate and direct the way affairs are run in many councils.

The youth assembly has also drawn a total of 27 females for the proportional representation slot.

According to the Constitution, 60 members seconded by their respective parties will fill up the slot for proportional representation to fight gender under-representation.
The party also resolved that sitting youth legislators and councillors will not be uncontested.

Acting MDC-T spokesperson, Tabitha Khumalo said the decision to get the youth into leadership positions was to have them apply modern-day skills necessary for the revival of the economy and turn around the fortunes of the country.

“There is need to mainstream youth and women in all decision making positions of the government. Remember, whether we want it or not, there is going to be a generational transfer of power,” she said.

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  1. My vote 4Chamisa will be based on his skills set. The MDC Alliance is a people’s party – not the youth’s party.

    At the core of the people’s aspirations / is competence based governance / which is non discriminatory.

    The youth have a role to play, yes. Once we have an enabling environment we want to see them driving our industry.

    1. This is the time for the youth. For years now the older generation has determined our future and in the end we have been the most affected group. Our time has come to determine the direction of our country. More than 63% of the electorate is youths. We are the game changer.

      1. This is not a game and change does not come easily or cheaply. Some of these youths have not lived long enough to realise these facts of life!

        1. Very true Sagitarr. We should not throw out the baby with the bath water. Change in Zimbabwean leadership should be done strategically and with wisdom. The foundation laid by the older generation should be destroyed and taken for granted. Admittedly the older generation made some mistakes which we will painfully have to correct but to ostracise them for the sake of change will be and enormouse mistake. We are the “lost generation” whose youth and the past 37 years was stolen by the Mugabe regime, with backsight we can see the greatest tragedy about to befall our nation if we do not infuse the experiences (good and bad)of the old generation with the zeal and vibrancy of youth. Life is not a game!

        2. Very true Sagitarr. We should not throw out the baby with the bath water. Change in Zimbabwean leadership should be done strategically and with wisdom. The foundation laid by the older generation should be destroyed and taken for granted. Admittedly the older generation made some mistakes which we will painfully have to correct but to ostracise them for the sake of change will be and enormous mistake. We are the “lost generation” whose youth and the past 37 years was stolen by the Mugabe regime, with backsight we can see the greatest tragedy about to befall our nation if we do not infuse the experiences (good and bad)of the older generation with the zeal and vibrancy of youth. Life is not a game!

    2. Why youth reserved seats are Shona Speaking Youths (Charles Chirenje-Mpopoma Constituency and Kunashe Muchemwa-Byo South .No wonder why Shonas fighting Khupe

    3. harvest house1

      Why 90% aspiring candidates in Bulawayo are Shonas only?Is it because Chibaya and Bvondo are filled their Brothers and Sister?

  2. youth chete chete.kwete zvana mnangagwa vanoda kufira mu house of assembly

  3. ‘sitting youth legislators and councillors will not be uncontested.’ editor please

  4. #Chamisa is the only way to freedom.Remember for the past years Zimbabwe had been battling with the same party Zanu Pf.The choice for this forthcoming elections is simple *Jesus vs the Devil n the choice is urs whether to vote fr black or white, darkness or light!Regarding that youths dominate these elections purity has to find its way!!!

  5. Photo..How can one think straight in such a sad excuse of a room they call parliament. Varume kungotsvaka hayo stand movaka pamungasangana i dont think it would be a waste of resources

  6. I am at odds to understand the age group referred to herein as the youth. The other day ED referred to Chiwenga as one ‘youngman’. Can the likes of Chiwenga’s age group be classified as youth, Or here you are talking abouth G40, the very people Chiwenga and company do not want to see ruling. It would appear the youth have to wait for a very long time before they can run this country.

  7. Comment… Enuf is enuf madhara edu tirikufanira kusiyawo mbichana kuitira wisdom yavo but vazhinji vacho should now realise dat its now time for the youth to take over nd take control coz madhara aya ndovanga varipo vachisiya Mugabe achiita ruin out futures vakatarisa….

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