Putting young people on the agenda: Madzore

President Robert Mugabe should have appointed a youthful cabinet minister to the Ministry of Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, according to the MDC-T Shadow Minister for Youth, Sport, Arts and Culture, Solomon Madzore.

Madzore
Madzore

Madzore, the MDC-T Member of Parliament for Dzivarasekwa, told The Zimbabwean that a younger person would have been sensitive to issues affecting youths in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, however, appointed 54-year-old Francis Nhema to the job.

Setting out his priorities, Madzore said he would push for non-partisan youth recruitment into state security agencies, such as the military, police and Central Intelligence Organisation. He would also advocate for a constitutionally instituted National Youth Service.

“A national youth service is essential for Zimbabwe provided it is carried out by professionals on a non-partisan basis,” Madzore said.

As part of his duties, Madzore said he would take the new substantive minister to task over a number of issues affecting young people, and promised to proffer policy alternatives to the Zanu (PF) government on matters that dealt with the aspirations of young people.

“My ministry will ensure that young people are given the opportunity to showcase their sporting capabilities at international competitions such as the Olympics,” he said. “MDC-T is doing everything possible to bury the bad past and give Zimbabweans renewed hope.”

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