#GenerationalConsensus on 2018 polls

Zimbabwean social media has been abuzz with animated discussions on the new phenomenon in local politics, the #generationalconsensus movement, a youth oriented initiative that seeks to scale up the participation of youth in this year’s general election

One of the organisers of the #generationalconsensus, Pride Mkono (PM), speaks to NewsDay (ND).

ND: What is #generationalconsensus?


PM: #generationalconsensus is an independent movement of young people in colleges and universities, the unemployed, young professionals, those in the church, young informal traders and those in farming communities, which is mobilizing fellow youths to register and vote for (the MDC Alliance presidential candidate )Nelson Chamisa in the 2018 elections. It comes on the backdrop of serious youth apathy in the previous elections with the 2013 election recording only 5% of young people who participated in the plebiscite. Thus #generationalconsensus seeks to correct this anomaly and ensure that young people as the majority of the population decide the outcome of the 2018 elections.

ND: By focusing only on youths are you not discriminating other generations?

PM: Far from it, this generation has simply identified its mission and is putting together the necessary strategies to fulfill this mission. By mobilising the youths who hitherto were apathetic to national processes, we in fact are complimenting the generations before us. We are complementing the liberation generation’s effort towards political independence, the generation of Hebert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara, Lookout Masuku and others. We are also complementing the post liberation generation which fought hard for multi-party democracy, the generation of Morgan Tsvangirai, Learnmore Jogwe, Margret Dongo, Tendai Biti, Thabitha Khumalo and others. So we are saying that as a generation we have to take over from this and use our intelligence, innovation and creativity to bring about total transformation of the country. In essence as a generation we are assuming our historical role in the development of our country.

ND: What is this ‘role’ or mission which you are talking about?

PM: As I have already alluded to above, the backbone of our mission is total transformation of Zimbabwe in all facets from the social, economic to the political. What this entails is that as a generation we have the ultimate responsibility to extricate ourselves from the clutches of poverty, unemployment, dictatorship, violence, hopelessness and exclusion which we have endured as a generation at the hands of moribund nationalists who appropriated the fruits and values of independence for themselves. So in essence our mission is to build an inclusive and democratic Zimbabwe which is economically developing and has a future for all its generations.

ND: What are the strategies you are employing in pursuing your mission?

PM: The first step we undertook was to make a scan of the political environment and find leadership which reflects our missions as a generation. In undertaking this scan of the political environment, we were guided by the values of social democracy such as solidarity, democracy and inclusion. Within Zimbabwe’s political leadership contesting for the presidency, only Chamisa identified with such values. So at a political leadership level we made a choice to support Chamisa for president. In order to reach out to young people, we are making use of social media to reach out to millions of young Zimbabwean and on that front we have made significant impact. Everyone is now talking about #generationalconsensus. We are also organizing youth Town Hall meetings and debates at tertiary institutions to promote dialogue and amplify the voices of young people in this election. We have also been engaging youth at growth points, social functions such sports events, high and low density suburbs, visited companies, the informal sector, door to door campaigns. We have been precisely engaging youth from across social, economic differences alive to the fact that youth are not a homogenous group.

ND: How different is your platform from what other youth are organising, we recently saw a meeting being held in South Africa around the Generational Consensus banner?


As #generationalconsensus we are self-organising and are very excited that young people all over are organising themselves and creating platform to mobilise for the campaign. However we take great exception some elements who were behind some failed campaigns and are now attempting to cause confusion. They claim that generational consensus is similar to what happened in November 2017 within Zanu PF.They fail to recognise that the so called ‘new dispensation’ is a continuation of the old and can thus not transform this country as they were part and parcel of steering the nation into the doldrums we find ourselves in. We are also not associated with any tainted names which have been figured in various scandals of a financial nature. Our campaign is therefore very different in that it is organic and values driven and seeks to garner electoral support for Chamisa in the upcoming polls and beyond that, to provide solutions in rebuilding our country. It is therefore different!

ND: Going forward, what can the nation expect from the #generationalconsensus campaign?

In the next few weeks, we will be rolling out public meetings in Town halls in urban townships, growth points and rural areas to allow young people to contribute to the developmental agenda of the country post the 2018 election.

We will also organise teams to monitor the electoral environment and expose any malpractices. As a movement, we will not allow electoral fraud and rigging to go unchallenged, we will be vigilant in protecting the vote.

Further, we shall continue to mobilise young people to register to vote and to vote for a leadership which understands our concern and has cutting edge solutions to our national problems. Such leadership is represented in the candidacy of Chamisa and thus who we will mobilise and vote for.

17 Comments

  1. pride mkomo just be careful of Zanu my brother keep your eyes&ears open this good deed and service you doing for the good of our nation will be despised by Zanu obviously.

    keep up the great work.

    youths arise our future is in your hands

  2. I urge upon all youth to come out in numbers and vote for Chamisa. zanu pf does not have anything new that they can offer since they have proven that they are failures. What we want is the president who can unite all people and all tribes irregardless of their political affiliation. The circulation of dead wood like Obert Mphofu and Patric Chinamasa whose history is spoiled by corrupt tendencies is evident enough to show that the current regime has got nothing new to offer. I also urge the youth to realise that the upcoming watershed elections is their chance to correct the economical problems affecting our country. Voting the old dead wood means another five years of suffocation , born out of poor governence by the junta regime. It is of paramount importance for us as youth to consider improving our life and living standards through making the correct decision in the ballot. I am confident of the youthful president , advocate Nelson Chamisa who once demonstrated to everyone that he has got so many ideas to transform this economy into a bread bucket of Africa.

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  3. Concerned Citizen

    He looks like Martin Luther King Jr! I hope he acts like him: statesmanlike, peaceful, powerful and Godly.

  4. Very crucial point to note here: Zanu pf will and will never ever transform the economic situation of zimbabwe come what may of which they are the very ones who has put us into this mess. Their 2013-2017 manifesto was 2.2 million jobs for the youths not for the old aged one,for the youth.The zanu pf’s 5 year job promises has already gone by and nothing has changed again and today, zimbabwe is cashless.Investors will never throw their moneis into toilet pits because they don’t trust and want an overstayed in power government.We must vote out this useless zanu pf thugs and bring investor confidence through a youthful MDC-T LEADER-NELSON CHAMISA. He has done well before under the government of national unite for his Ministry of Information and Technology of which Mugabe praised him.Today Zimbabwe is rich in information accessebility because of Chamisa and no any zanu pf minister has done before.

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  5. pansi lo chamisa a tribalist leader.pambili loMNANGAGWA

  6. PHANSI LAMAVOTE ADLALISWAYO SIVOTELA UCHAMISA,KUNGANGCONO SIVOTELE
    UMTHWAKAZI NJENGAMA NDEBELE

  7. THE IMPORTANCE AND GREATNESS OF ANY POLITICAL LEADER IS MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF POLITICAL SCENE. SANDY HAS RAISED AN IMPORTANT POINT WHICH IS VITAL TO EVERY YOUTH WHO WISH TO MAKE A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT IN ECONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT. CHAMISA MADE HISTORY IN ONLY ONE TERM OF POLITICAL OFFICE AND WAS UNARGUABLY THE BEST MINISTER OF I.T.C. ANY REASONABLE PATRIOTIC ZIMBABWEAN SHOULD HAVE THIS AS A MEASURING DEVICE THAT ENABLES HIM/HER TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT CANDIDATE TO CHOOSE AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLICS OF ZIMBABWE. NELSON CHAMISA AND TENDAI BITI HAS HAD THEIR REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE GNU AND. WHAT DID MNANGAGWA DO DURING THE SEVEN TERMS HE SAVED AS MINISTER UNDER RG MUGABE WHICH THE YOUTH HAVE TO ACCEPT AS JUSTIFICATION FOR HIS ASCENDANCE TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE? THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUSLY NOTHING . HOW CAN A PERSON WHO SAVED AS MINISTER FOR MORE THAN FIVE TERM ACHIEVES LESS THAN A PERSON WHO SAVED ONLY ONCE . MOREOVER, CHAMISA WAS SAVING UNDER THE WRONG PRESIDENT. LET ME BE HUMBLE TO YOU ALL ZANU PF SUPPORTERS AND EXPLAIN TO YOU THAT THIS YEAR’S ELECTION IS ABOUT ECONOMICAL RESUSCITATION . LET US NOT FIGHT OVER CHAMISA’S VICTORY BECAUSE WE ARE LOOKING AT A CAPABLE CANDIDATE TO FILL UP THE POSITION OF THE PRESIDENT NOT A GREED POLITICIAN. LET US UNITE AND FORM A FORMIDABLE FORCE GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE PRESIDENT CHAMISA TO THE STATE HOUSE. LET US NOT PLACE FAILURES LIKE ED TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE. I AM NOT SAYING LETS HATE ED BUT I AM SAYING LETS RESPECT HIM FOR THE ROLE HE PLAYED IN THE LIBERATION OF THIS COUNTRY . TIME IS CHANGING AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES IS A SIGNIFICANT POINT TO NOTE WHEN WE WISH OUR COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD. A NON PATRIOT CAN BE DECEIVED BY A T-SHIRT WRITTEN ‘ #EDHASMYVOTE ‘ WHICH WE FULLY KNOW THAT IT PLUNGES ORDINARY ZIMBABWEANS INTO UNTOLD SUFFERING FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. INSTEAD OF GIVING US 2 MILLION JOBS THEY PROMISED IN THE 2017 MANIFESTO THEY ACHIEVED -5%(MINUS) OF THE THE 2 MILLION JOBS. ITS HIGH TIME FOR US ALL TO READ THE CURRENT SITUATION AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.

  8. Doctor,you are such a big fool.Zanu pf idiot die hard.

  9. @doctor What do you think Mnangagwa can do for this country they failed to do that for the past 37 years not only Mugabe but all of then so we now need new things and new young people like Chamisa

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  10. to hell with your chamisa better stick to ED than someone who failed the kuwadzana constituency and worse still telling us of the bullet trains shit

  11. Comment…anonymous is crazy, ED failed 37 yrs and chamisa failed 10yrs, who needs more time. makangodzidza kuti Zanupf ‘yes’ chete. hamigoni kufunga mega. zuro waiti Mugabe yes nhasi wave kuti ED yes saka hauna zvaunoziva. better keep quiet and let thinkers talk.

  12. Youthfor zimbabwe

    Better the new dream of having hightec bullet train . Than staying back coz its practically posssible. S .A has such a better train. Youth lets vote Chamisa he not about trans only as one of us heknows a lot needs to be done. Dont be fooled with these recycled dead woods who promised us 2,2 million jobs n gave us the opposite. # Chamisa has my vote.

  13. Youthfor zimbabwe

    Better the new dream of having hightec bullet train, than staying back coz its practically posssible. S .A has such a better train. Youths lets work up lets vote Chamisa. He is not only about trains , as one of us he knows a lot needs to be done. Dont be fooled with these recycled dead woods who promised us 2,2 million jobs n gave us the opposite. Job that were not . Actualy they are death woods . Arise youth n be proud to take charge of your destiny. Think of health , education , high unemployment cash crisis ,just to name a few . # Chamisa has my vote.

  14. aaaaah only fools thinks that Zanu pf have the answers even to their bedroom problems, only fools are afraid of change. We need to try new things, we need to try new leadership. Zanu pf has failed, we are graduates but still no hope. I was born in a Zanu Pf supporting family #Chamisa has my vote.

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