Youths organisations under the banner of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) have taken bold steps to liberate themselves from the current deepening socio-economic and political dispensation amid wide concerns over negligence and alienation from the current political leadership.
Closing the curtain down of a youth’s convention in Harare organised today by CiZC, representatives from various organisations across the country agreed to work together in shaping the future they desire to see, which will ensure they participate fully in all democratic, social and economic process in the country.
“We are deeply concerned about the deepening political, economic and social crisis in our country, incompetence and indifference displayed by our current leaders, therefore we are determined to continue the fight for a Zimbabwe that is economically prosperous and politically stable” read the statement penned by the youths after deliberations of the convention.
The youths agreed to take radical steps in dealing with social and economic governance political governance, rule of law, human rights and constitutionalism and the forthcoming 2018 general elections which they said were a defining moment for young people as they will shape their future prospects.
“We will organise campaigns around pushing for the realisation of Social and Economic Justice – our priority is on social service delivery, employment, access to education, water and sanitation, maternal health and basic health as well as equal access to broader economic opportunities,
“We will hold the government to account on its duty to create employment, provide education, health, water and other critical social services for all. Furthermore, we are radically opposed to the ongoing privatisation of social services and austerity measures targeting social services”, reads the joint statement.
The statement further states that the youths in their various will continue to undertake political advocacy work in the various areas and more importantly undertake a campaign which goes beyond just the elections but focuses on developing an engaged and active youth citizenry that will leverage the political transition and protect and consolidate democratic gains.
“As part of a broad-based Political Education Campaign, we have resolved to intensify our efforts to call for electoral reforms. In the same ambit, we will launch and rollout an informative Voter Mobilisation and Education Campaign around the 2018 election focusing on enhancing public understanding of the Biometric Voter Registration system as well as the polling station based voting system. We will also convene and adopt a Youth Charter which will guide young people’s demands for the redress of the Political, Social and Economic crises in Zimbabwe”,
“In the same ambit, we commit to advocate for the removal of inhibitors to equal participation of Youth Living with Disabilities and the full observance of their rights thereof. The respect and upholding of fundamental rights in non-negotiable and as young people we will fight to see ordinary Zimbabweans enjoying them.
“The processes outlined above will not operate in isolation but as part of a broader pro-democracy movement with progressive stakeholders and movements. It is only through united and coordinated initiatives that young people can be able to leverage on the political transition in Zimbabwe and contribute to the realisation of a democratic developmental state”
The organisations incudes ; Achieve Your Goal Trust, Build A Better Youth Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Youth Arise, Combined Restitution Association for Zimbabwean Youth, Communist Movement of Zimbabwe, Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development, Female Students Network , FES, Alumni Association, National Movement of Catholic Students , National Youth Development, Trust,Platform for Youth Development and several other youths organisations.