By Patricia Mashiri
In line with public sentiment, this year’s harmonized elections will be different from the past elections that have been held in this country. Another first is that youth wings of various political parties have collectively called for a fair and peaceful election complemented by vibrant youth participation.
Speaking at a joint Press conference today, Lovemore Chinoputsa, the Secretary General of Youth in the Nelson Chamisa led MDC T said earlier deliberations revealed they shared more in common that what divided them.
“In representation of our political party formations which include Zanu Pf, MDC T, MDC, ZAPU, Transform Zimbabwe and National People’s Party converged from the 24th to the 25th of April in Harare in a dialogue process united in our diversity by our common desire for freedom justice and equality”.
The National Youth Chairperson of the National People’s Party (NPP), Khulani David Ndhlovu echoed Chinoputsa’s message, “We are in support of free and fair elections. We have come up as youths with the same goal that we must not be violent rather we should be pioneers of peace and fight to be included in the decision making processes by our leaders”.
As noble as the cause may be, the ruling Zanu Pf youth wing was absent at the joint press briefing. Other political parties present expressed disappointment but said as far as they knew Zanu Pf Youth wing was in support of the collective efforts to push for peace.
In the past there has been an outcry that youths were the main perpetrators of political violence while pushing the agenda of older politicians. The joint efforts in pursuit of peace comes at a time when Zimbabwe is on the eve of elections and the majority of the electorate will be young people.