When shall Zim be free from Zanu PF bondage?

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PLEASE allow me through my beloved daily edition to explore our journey from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe.

It was supposed to be an exodus from mud-dubbing Egypt to Canaan. However, unfolding events over the past 40 years in the wilderness plainly indicate that it was not the expected exodus.

I still have vivid memories of  how our parents were forced to feed and nourish the fighting cadres popularly known as Vana Mukoma during the liberation struggle.

These I might say had been given a dishonest orientation, for instance they lied that it was taboo for them to have sexual relationships yet they chose beautiful girls to entertain them.  Our sisters had become sexual tools for those so-called freedom fighters.

Many crossed the borders to join the liberation struggle to fight for a better Zimbabwe.

They died under the sincere belief that they were shedding their blood to liberate our country.  Unfortunately, the current situation has proved that they were deceived to fight for the betterment of individuals.

Zanu PF leaders do not care about other human beings. They are so-selfish and just want to satisfy their egos.  Where is the liberty when you steal votes from another party and give them to a party which was never voted for?

The courts had correctly ruled that grants under the Political Parties (Finance) Act should go to a party with representation in Parliament.  The Zanu PF appointees reversed the court ruling.

If those who were butchered in the Chimurenga war were to resurrect today, they would be confronted for what they died for.

Now foolish Zanu PF is obsessed with road repairs, revival of the railways and other things as if to say these things were not functional at independence.

Shall we celebrate when they try to revive what they killed?  Now their pockets are full, they want to give us the crumbs.

They do not want to pave way for the people’s chosen government.  What a disgrace? In God’s time Zimbabwe shall be free. –James Marufu

Govt must implement youth policies
OVER the years, young people have displayed amazing interest in taking an active role in promoting and contributing towards transforming the normative social, economic and political landscape that is currently an “adult’s world” especially in Matabeleland South province.

Through various engagements, youth from across the province continuously lobby and advocate for friendly policies, a tolerant environment that accommodates their different aspirations and consequently increase their participation and representation in decision-making spaces. Despite these efforts, we believe there is no clear path that promotes effective participation and representation of youth in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation — the parent ministry.

The observation comes after carefully going through the national youth policy which was recently developed following the notable changes in the political, economic, socio-cultural and technological landscape in Zimbabwe. The policy emphasizes that youth shall play a pivotal role in realising Vision 2030 as they form the bulk of the population and possess creativity. However, the policy fails to share a clear pathway as to how these youth shall be engaged or shall contribute towards this national objective.

While the policy recognises multiple players in the youth development sector such as the government, non-governmental organisations, business sector, churches, youth groups and community-based organisations, it fails to share how these can collaboratively work together towards realising an active, energised young person who is eager to foster national development in all aspects.

As the Community Youth Development Trust, we acknowledge the emphasis in the policy that youth representation in boards of parastatals and other government entities should increase at the same time promote youth inclusion in delegations participating in regional and international meetings, conferences and events. We believe this can make a difference in amplifying a youth voice in critical decision-making forums. Therefore, for this to come to fruition, there is a need for a clear pathway supported by mechanisms for checks and balances such that national objectives are met.

As such, we call upon the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to develop a clear policy implementation plan that will guide the promotion of youth spaces through creation of participatory spaces and youth capacity development for active youth citizenry.

Such a plan will also enhance coordinated approaches and promote synergies between and among various stakeholders concerned with youth participation in the private, public and development sector thereby feeding into the country’s 2030 vision.

The plan should clearly spell out youth empowerment strategies, especially on information access, skills development and knowledge accumulation as these are central components in the broader
political, economic, social and cultural spheres of youth empowerment. –CYDT

Rogue police officers should be arrested
THE Election Resource Centre (ERC) condemns the brutality unleashed on Godfrey Karembera popularly known as “Madzibaba Veshanduko”, a prominent Citizens for Change Coalition (CCC) activist while in police custody.

Police have a duty to protect and not harm citizens, despite their political affiliations. Section 53 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that “no person may be subjected to physical or psychological torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

The referred conduct of the police is deplorable, illegal and must be challenged to ensure no further perpetuation of the illegality is experienced again in Zimbabwe.

The heavy handedness of the police officers is not only illegal, but goes against regional and international instruments. The alleged police brutality paints a dark picture for Zimbabwe as the country prepares for the March 26 by-elections and the 2023 harmonised elections. Harmony, peace and absence of violence will ensure citizens’ active citizen participation in electoral processes. Zimbabwe must be a safe space for all. –ERC