Letters: Young people must fight for their future

Young people must fight for their future
THE recent swearing in of new members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is a clear indication of an impending brazen grand theft of the 2023 harmonized election.

Young people must not allow such theft of elections under their watchful eyes. They must reject it.

Instead of hiring people on merit, family affairs and nepotism are creeping in and killing the nation.

Young people are the vanguard of today’s leadership, not tomorrow’s leadership.

I would like to believe that Zimbabwe has now come of age and that we need a new youthful leadership that is in sync and in tune with the current political, social and economic fundamentals under a different administration, not the current one which is not has so far failed to move Zimbabwe forward.

Zimbabwe can become a better nation again if young people are empowered to decide by electing capable leaders of their choice without being intimidated or threatened.

In the 2023 elections, the electorate must vote for ideas and candidates who are prepared to serve the people in ways other than serving their selfish and harmful agendas.

Young people must be registered to vote and vote massively against this current leadership and ensure that they stop any attempt at rigging by the ruling Zanu PF party.

The future belongs to them and they must safeguard it.

The level of suffering of the country’s young people deserves a regime change.

For too long young people have been marginalized in political decision-making and they continue to be frustrated as they are still being squeezed out of mainstream economic spheres.

Young people have the power to change the political trajectory of the country if they unite.

They can change the political narrative because they constitute the majority of the population.

It is essential that young people are involved in political decisions.

In Zimbabwe, young people have no say in political discussions and their voices are still muzzled by the old guard of the revolutionary party.

It is painful to see that since 1999, when the strongest opposition political party, the MDC, was formed to date, Zimbabwe has lost hundreds of young people to politically motivated violence, including many were members of the opposition.

Prisons are full of young people, many of whom have turned to crime after failing to find jobs and fend for themselves.

In emerging new democracies, young people have played a key role in nation-building, not as cannon fodder.

In Zimbabwe, the current situation is the opposite, veterans still clinging to positions of power and are busy amassing wealth for their own relatives, forgetting that there are young people who are politically unconnected and who have also need to survive. – Leonard Koni


Africa can bet on the transport sector to develop its economy
AFRICA is on the move in the air, on the water and on the ground. Roads in Tanzania strengthen the economies of farming communities.

East Africa is now progressing with state-of-the-art airports, and the newly built standard gauge railway in Kenya and Tanzania is transforming the way people move in space and time .

Entebbe Airport is poised to transform Uganda’s movement over time as it progresses to become an oil economy alongside Tanzania.

South Africa, one of the richest countries, has the largest road network, 750,000 km, while Tanzania, East Africa’s competitive economy, has over 86,000 km of roads.

In the current economic scenario, where the uncertainty brought by the economic shocks of the pandemic and political tensions compel nations to broaden their horizon of influence, the past few years have shown why Africa’s infrastructure must be robust and conducive to improved value creation.

The quick and fast mover dominates the economic conversation. South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria are among the top African countries with stronger economies.

However, in the Tanzanian context, road transport is the most widely used mode of transport in Tanzania, carrying approximately 90% of passengers and 75% of freight traffic in the country.

Africa is past the era of catching up with the developed world. The region is expanding its own sustainable and adapted economic system that suits its environment and its requirements in space and time.

In this line, transport systems are evolving. The days when road networks were the only means of travel in space and time are over. Kenya and Tanzania are changing that narrative as advanced railways and aircraft transport people and goods 24/7, saving time and improving productivity,

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is one of the Africa-tailored approaches in the region’s economic arsenal. It is expected to increase intra-African trade in transport services by almost 50%, according to the estimate of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The United Nations notes that the AfCFTA needs at least 1,844,000 trucks for bulk cargo and 248,000 for container cargo by 2030. This gap is needed for the region to revitalize its road, rail , river and air to bet on the latter.

ECA estimates indicate that with the AfCFTA, more than 25% of intra-African trade gains in services would go to transport alone, and almost 40% of the increase in services output in Africa would be transport. . – African


Informal traders must attend all stakeholder meetings
The VENDORS Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (Viset) recently held a multi-stakeholder feedback meeting at Chirodzero Business Center, Ward 4, Showgrounds in Domboshava.

The meeting saw informal traders, ward councillors, church leaders, traditional leaders and government officials being presented with the results of a community survey that had previously been undertaken by VISET.

The majority of informal traders operate from undesignated sites, the active age groups being 20 to 45 years old, and mainly sell agricultural products and second-hand clothes.

The survey results are a key knowledge product for the Goromonzi Rural District Council in seeking appropriate solutions to development challenges in the geographically vast district.

The central government should fully implement the principle of deconcentration to allow each district to determine its own development priorities.

Councils should push for audits to establish where monies paid by informal traders who have built their own stalls are funneled.

Informal traders need to unite in the diversity of their trade so that they can fully benefit from the facilities offered by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community Development and Small and Medium Enterprises and financial institutions.

Activities such as the one conducted by Viset have enabled informal merchants to gain an audience with solution providers, which had previously been impossible despite invitations.

There should be ongoing interactions with all stakeholders to ensure that informal traders derive maximum benefit from national empowerment programs.

The majority of participants were women, which is a plus. In fact, a center for women in the informal economy was established to focus on the unique needs of women in the sector who face challenges such as unpaid care work, long working hours, unregulated service providers and unresponsive service delivery at local and national levels. level.

All stakeholders are advised to attend all full board meetings so that all can ensure that their concerns are addressed and that they speak with one voice. – View

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