Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Congradulations ZINASU

The MDC Youth Assembly congratulates Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) for holding a successful congress at the weekend which elected a new leadership to rein over Zimbabwe’s biggest students’ board.

We wish the new leadership a fruitful season which will see them deal with countless issues affecting students considering the current state of affairs in the Nation. We believe that they will fearlessly push and genuinely fight for academic freedoms.  

Many students are living out of campus because they do not afford Residential fees. Most of them struggle to get exorbitant tuition fees charged at various institutions of higher learning. The government of the day is reluctant to play its parental responsibility of intervening and give students’ grants and students’ loans.

The MDC has students at heart as enunciated in the party’s policy blue print, Agenda for Real Transformation (ART) that the MDC government will create a non-partisan revolving fund set aside to specifically give all students loans and grants.

We however do not want to distort history, therefore we acknowledge and respect the fact that ZINASU is a founding organisation of our party and they have a stake in our Party but the MDC does not have a stake in ZINASU.

Long Live ZINASU. Long live the people’s struggle.

For and on behalf of young people of Zimbabwe

MDC Youth Assembly Information Department.

Together to end,building a youth with a difference.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Deputy Chairperson convicted for taking a lost ballot paper to ZEC

 Senator Morgen Komichi was today sentenced to perform 365hrs of community service. He was facing two charges of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act. In July, he took a ballot paper found in a bin at the HICC and handed it over to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The defence counsel has already indicated to the presiding magistrate Tendai Mahwe that his client is going to contest both the conviction and sentence to the High court. Lawyer Aleck Muchadehama pointed out that the matter that his client is being convicted of is a unique one where one is arrested for performing good citizenry of taking a lost ballot paper to the relevant authority.  
The Assembly of the youth was at the Rotten row magistrate courts in full swing displaying their dismay and supporting their leader who was in Chikurubi maximum prison on remand for 97 days.

We are expecting his release from Chikurubi tonight.
Today’s court was attended by National Standing Committee members who include Vice President Hon Thokozani Khupe, National Organising Secretary Hon Nelson Chamisa and the Assembly President Hon Solomon “Mandela” Madzore who was flanged by Assembly Deputy Organising Secretary Happymore Chidziva and Spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo.

The Assembly wishes to reiterate the fact that both the arrest and detention were political which were meant to frustrate MDC members.
MDC is a solid party with strong roots and foundation in the people of Zimbabwe. It will remain focused and guided by its founding principles and core values of social democracy.
We remain a people’s project.
For and on behalf of the young people of Zimbabwe
MDC Youth Assembly Information Department

Together to end,building a youth with a difference.

Sen. Morgen Komichi’s judgment set for tomorrow

Magistrate Tendai Mabwe will tomorrow 07 November 2013 give his ruling on the case of Deputy National Chairman Senator Morgen Komichi. He is accused of fraud and contravening the country’s electoral laws. The matter was closed last week after both the state and the defense counsel closed their cases. 

 Yesterday, the state prosecutor Mr. Michael Mugabe of the Attorney-General’s Office was expected to give his closing address in writing. Sen. Komichi’s lawyer Mr. Aleck Muchadehama has promised to have read and submit his reply in writing by end of today.

 The Assembly urges all progressive citizens of Zimbabwe who can make their time, to go to Court 4 Rotten Row at 0830hrs.

 Sen. Komichi is innocent until proven guilty by a credible court of law.

The Youth Assembly condemns the continued harassment of our leader as just an act of desperation meant to cover for ZEC’s failure to fulfill its mandate.

 Sen. Morgen Komichi was just acting in his legal capacity as the Chief Election agent of President Morgan Tsvangirai. It boggles the mind why someone raising electoral complains through the correct channels is then prosecuted instead of the Electoral Board investing the irregularities.

 ZEC clearly failed to preside over elections starting with the failure to contact special voting in the stipulated time and Sen. Komichi is now being used as sacrificial lamb.

We demand that the court be independent from political manipulation. The judiciary system has been used to victimize our members including Last Tamai Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa, Cllr Tungamirai Madzokere who have been in prison since May 2011. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Free Morgan Komichi Now.

 For and on behalf of the young people of Zimbabwe

 MDC Youth Assembly Information Department

Together to end,building a youth with a difference.