Youths excluded from key policy matters: Madhuku

Young People in Zimbabwe are excluded from key national events such as constitution-making and national healing, says a leading youth rights organization.

In a statement issued ahead of International Youth Day on Thursday, the director of Platform for Youths Development, Claris Madhuku, said the Global Political Agreement, which ushered in the hybrid government, had failed young people.

“From the constitutional reform to the national healing programme, the voices of the young people have been drowned. Violence continues to escalate, with the security sector fingered in acts of intimidation and partisanship. By excluding young people the GNU has failed,” said Madhuku.

Youths constitute 60 percent of the country’s total population.

“The ongoing constitutional reform process still leaves a lot to be Desired. The youth are still not being effectively consulted,” she added.

“PYD challenges the COPAC team to stand strong against manipulation by politicians of any colour. Participation of young people in the constitutional process is critical, yet it leaves a lot to be desired. This is likely to embarrass the government during the referendum stage.”

Despite the youth being often involved in political violence – many as victims – they feel excluded by the national healing process.

“National healing will remain a farce unless and until the youth, who were both victims and perpetrators – at the instigation mainly of Zanu (PF) – are involved at every stage of this important process. Fresh cases of political violence and rivalry in the rural areas are continuing unabated,” said Madhuku.

Apart from failing to protect the youths in marginalized communities PYD also alleges that the coalition government has failed women. “Harmful cultural practices are still being propagated to violate the rights of girls and young women,” she added.

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