via Young people can create a better Zim | The Zimbabwean 17.12.13 by Mxolisi Ncube
The Youth Chapter is imploring young people in Zimbabwe to take charge of their country next year. MXOLISI NCUBE met the pressure group’s president Butholezwe Nyathi.
â€œYoung people should rise up in 2014 and demand the values of accountability, transparency and servant leadership. â€“ Butholezwe Nyathi.
TYC was formed by mostly Zimbabwean young people and aims to establish a changed African order, in which young people and the masses take control of the continent’s political, governance, economic and social activities.
With President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party having retained power in this year’s elections, some projections are that the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe might worsen, but TYC said this week this could change if young people opposed this in the coming year and beyond.
“Zimbabwe has a long history of authoritarian governments, dating back to colonial times and, while Robert Mugabe and his cronies promised a new era of democracy, that has not happened,” said TYC president Butholezwe Nyathi.
“They have raped the country to near-death in order to serve their own tiny clique of fattened and gluttonous Zanoids. They have no qualms in driving their posh cars over pot-holed roads and sending their children to overseas universities, while the ordinary people bear the brunt of poverty and xenophobia in foreign lands.”
TYC rapped the country’s controversial indigenisation laws, adding to widely held criticism that this was just another Zanu (PF) way of trying to enrich Mugabe’s inner-circle.
“Zimbabwean political leaders across the spectrum now think they are gods to whom we must bow down and worship. They engage in brazen corruption and get rich overnight. They even have the nerve to insist that they must stay in office forever and that we must be grateful for that. This is the time for youth to change that,” said Nyathi.
“Young people should rise up in 2014 and demand the values of accountability, transparency and servant leadership. We should reject politicians of all persuasions who believe they have a god-given right to power and positions.
“Politicians are nothing more than citizens chosen by other citizens to serve for as long as the people want them. When people want them out, they should go. TYC will fight relentlessly for a Zimbabwe where people rule and 2014 will be the time things changed. The time is nigh for young people to make sure that leaders walk the talk of democracy and provide good governance for sustainable democracy.