We have nothing to celebrate on National Youth Day

By Nkanyiso Ncube

Some youths are of the view that the National Youth Day holiday which is in its third edition is insignificant as there is nothing worth celebrating for youths in the country.

According to the youths, the day is not relatable and they would be going about their businesses as usual since there is nothing to reflect on.

“Am not really celebrating anything otherwise l should be mourning because there is nothing to celebrate. Our future was stolen and it continues to be stolen by the government.

“Our families are displaced because of the problems that were caused by the person whose legacy they want us to celebrate,” said Pascal Mafirakureva.

Mufaro Tafirenyika a young entrepreneur based at Showgrounds said: “The youth day is honestly insignificant to me because the man whom we are supposed to be celebrating is one of the architects of our misery as youths so I don’t really feel the impact of it in any way. I will come to my office and do clean up instead, it’s a day lost for me as an entrepreneur”.

Midlands State University student, Kudakwashe Kaseke, said it was just an off-day nothing more.

“National Youth Day was a Zanu PF brainchild meant to impose Zanu Pf propagandist ideologies on young citizens I can easily say it was meant to hero-worship the then President Robert Mugabe there is nothing significant about 21st Feb.

“It’s just a day to chill at home and take a break from economic and transport hardships we are currently experiencing,” she said.

Zimbabwe first declared 21 February to be a public holiday called “Robert Mugabe National Youth Day” in 2018. It was set aside by Government in order to celebrate the contribution of young people to the political and socio-economic development of the nation dating back to the liberation struggle.

The day also coincides with the late former President Robert Mugabe’s birthday and it will be the first time the holiday is being celebrated without him as he passed on in September last year.


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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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