via MDC-T youths to stage nationwide demos 16/04/2014 by Moses Chibaya NewZimbabwe
MDC-T youths are set to stage nationwide demonstrations to demand jobs as the country’s economic problems worsen.
Companies continue to either downsize or shut down due to operational challenges, throwing thousands of people out of work in a country where the unemployment rate is independently estimated at more than 80 percent.
Speaking in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, MDC-T National Youth Assembly spokesperson, Clifford Hlatywayo said members were angry because of increased unemployment in the country.
“People are angry. They are prepared to go to the streets and it’s their right to demonstrate and to also get jobs,” Hlatywayo said.
Experts have blamed the country’s economic problems on poor policies adopted by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF administration over the years.
In a statement posted on Hlatywayo’s Facebook page, the youth leader said Zanu PF had failed to deliver on its election promises.
“Zanu PF in its July 2013 manifesto promised 2.2 million jobs to the people but the reverse is true. To date more than 400,000 jobs have been lost,” he wrote.
“This is gross human rights violation and the failure by the government to provide decent jobs for its citizens as enshrined in the new charter is a severe infringement of the constitution.
“As young people of this beloved nation, we are tired and our patience has warped. Zanu PF has been lying to us since 1980 about heaven on earth. This has to stop. The time has come to demand what rightfully belongs to us.
“It is an open secret that Zanu PF is tired and directionless. What they plan and do daily is to plunder and disgustingly ransack our national God given resources, this has to stop now.”
The youths said they would not be intimidated by threats as they only have two options “to suffer or take action now. Enough is enough, we want our jobs now”.
Zimbabwe’s economy, ravaged by nearly a decade long recession blamed on bad economic policies, marginally started to improve over the last five years, thanks to the introduction of the multiple currency system which replaced the worthless local dollar.
The decision by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T to join hands with Mugabe’s Zanu PF under a coalition government following disputed polls in 2008 also helped ease political tensions and improve operating conditions for companies.
However, it now seems that things are starting to get tough once again for the majority of Zimbabweans as more and more companies close shop.
Independent economists and other groups say Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate is over 80% but the government disputes this, arguing most people are now active, and employed in the informal sector.
Last year, soon after the 31 July election results, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) plunged to new lows as investors weighed the negative effects of a Zanu PF election victory.