Young people “betrayed” by government inaction on jobs

via Young people “betrayed” by government inaction on jobs | The Zimbabwean by Farai Mabeza 13.11.13

Young people in the country say they are beginning to feel betrayed by the government because it has failed to prioritise job creation.

In interviews with The Zimbabwean, people expressed anger at politicians and said they were disappointed that their elected representatives had not learnt from past mistakes.

They said it was deplorable that reports of insults and abuses in parliament continued to dominate the headlines while people were wallowing in despair.

“Zanu (PF) told us that they were going to create millions of jobs, but if you look at what is happening now, it seem things are getting worse,” said Artwell Maphosa, who works as caretaker in the Avenues. “I went to school up to A level and had hopes of a better paying job than this one,” he said.

Kebby Zhou, also from the Avenues, said the most important issue was getting a job. “I expect both the legislators and the ministers to be more responsible than have been shown to be so far. As a young man faced with a very serious challenge of unemployment, I am very disappointed. We gave them a mandate but we don’t see policy issues coming up,” he said.

Zhou said that he was also worried by the increasing rate of road accidents.

“Instead of fighting, members of parliament should spend their time more usefully by crafting legislation focusing on road safety. They should also make the process of acquiring a driver’s licence more affordable. This would help those of us who are unemployed,” he said.

Tanaka Kufakunesu from Harare said he hoped the government would deal with the issue of sanctions once and for all.

“There is a lot of noise on this issue and it has to be resolved. Sanctions must be removed and then we will see what happens after that. If they can’t solve that, then the politicians should be removed,” Kufakunesu said.

Bernard Ngara, who is finishing a master’s degree in statistics at the University of Zimbabwe, said the government was neglecting bread and butter issues, while the legislature did not seem to be engaged in any meaningful debate.

“There is no need to be talking about elections now. This shows that we are in for another year of suffering. We want them to deal with service delivery issues. We want water and electricity, not to waste time on issues that cannot be reversed,” Ngara said.

In its manifesto Zanu (PF) promised to create more than a million jobs in the first year. According to the manifesto, a million jobs had already been created through the land reform programme.

Brighton Zhou said unemployed young people should be a priority for the government. “We want a facility for the unemployed. The youth fund only benefited those who were well connected,” he said.

Another young man from Norton, who only wanted to be identified as Blessmore, dismissed parliament as a joke and said he was sceptical of the government’s promise.

“The most important thing right now should be job creation, but I do not see a lot of progress. We have this indigenisation policy. Who will want to come and invest in a country and lose more than half of his company? It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

He said even though it was still early into the new term of office, the magnitude of promises made meant that, by now, some things should have changed.

Michelle Chikwanda said accountability of elected officials was lacking in the system.

“I think there is need for parliamentarians and ministers to be grilled by the public, to define their manifestos and elaborate on how far they have reached in fulfiling their promises. People need jobs. We need to work,” she said.

Dorothy from Highfield said she was not happy with the government’s handling of the jobs issue. She said they were playing with the future of the young people of Zimbabwe.

“What we are seeing in terms of employment creation is that those who know the bigwigs are getting ahead, especially when it comes to indigenisation. It’s a matter of who you know in Zanu (PF),” she said.



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    Tjingababili 10 years ago

    they are naive! What did they think they would get!

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    Washumba 10 years ago

    If it was the first time to be promised I would understant. For agument’s sake lets say someone borrows money from you and he doesn’t pay you then he comes and ask you to lend him some money as usual promises to pay you and he always does that and you are always giving him. Who is stupid between the two?

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    Boss MyAss 10 years ago

    1.000.000 jobs or even more. The best is yet to come. LOL.

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    Don’t tell me youths that you actually expected jobs from the Zanu government. They have been promising jobs since when?

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    Well said Washumba. I agree with you entirely. Zanupf have only kept promises to themselves, that is to make themselves fat cats. Anyone that thinks differently is sadly deluded.

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    Tafadzwa 10 years ago

    I fail to understand those people who actually believed that ZANU(PF) will deliver jobs. Having failed in the past 33 years , how on earth is ZANU to being development. In all the nice speeches from Mugabe, did you ever hear him explain how he was going to create jobs. How can jobs be created, when Mugabe does not encourage investment. As far as Mugabe is concerned, there is need to create jobs, he dreams of everyone being a shareholder via indigenisation.

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    Mafuta 10 years ago

    ZANU treacherous? Naw, whooda guessed?

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    T plus 10 years ago

    so u guys actually voted for Zanu pf,thinking their promises were true,hahahahahahahaha……..for the past 30yrs,they come to you with all sorts of promises and foodstuffs ONLY on election times to lure you into voting for them,when will you ever learn to stop listening to lies!!!