We did not know the importance of title deeds for distributed land. Our party misled us that we would benefit more if the land remains state property. Never did our party indicate title deeds would come handy should one need a loan at banks and other financial institutions, said a female youth member, visibly disturbed by her ignorance.
Other youths said they were told by senior Zanu (PF) officials that patriotism to the state took precedence over individual benefits.
It is only now that we realize importance of title deeds opposed to an offer letter. I am now convinced title deeds would make one permanent and legal owner of the land. No future government would have powers to dispossess me and my offspring if I had title deeds. The selfish Zanu (PF) leadership has used us to compromise permanent ownership of land, lamented another youth on condition his identity was not disclosed.
After lengthy discussions with this reporter, the youths regretted lobbying for an all-powerful executive presidency. They realized Mugabe had lost elections to Morgan Tsvangirai before and would lose again in future free and fair polls.
So it seems we advocated for overwhelming executive presidential powers to be bestowed on Tsvangirai. Sure, Tsvangirai has chances to win again over Mugabe come presidential elections. It was unfortunate that we could not think and see beyond the constitution-making process, regretted another youth.
But, instead of putting his new-found education to good use, the youth said he and his comrades would do their best to ensure the next elections were not conducted in a free and fair environment. The election atmosphere would resemble that of June 27, 2008, he threatened.Post published in: News