The MDC Youth Assembly is greatly perturbed by the utterances and attitude of the leaders in the ZANU PF led government who have resorted to intimidatory statements to the effect that all the jobless citizens of Zimbabwe who are prepared to get into the streets demanding their constitutionally given right are going to be crushed by a fist. This is unbelievable.
Isn’t it ironic that such statements were made on a day the country is supposed to be celebrating its liberation from a previous oppressive and tyrannical regime? The hard won independence is now being used as an instrument to harass and intimidate others, completely taking away their freedom to think and act on their desire within the confines of the law.
Why do leaders who claim that they were democratically elected exhibit such anger when they are reminded of their constitutional duty. Is it not trying to renege on their responsibility and promises? They are used to lying to the people. It is different now, we are tired of that.
Section 14 of the constitution clearly compels the State to ensure that appropriate and adequate measures are undertaken to create employment for all Zimbabweans, especially women and youths. Section 24 of the new charter among other things obligates the State to adopt reasonable policies and measures, to provide everyone with an opportunity to work in a freely chosen activity, in order to secure a decent living for themselves and their families.
Put simply, Robert Mugabe and his government must focus on creating jobs so that we the youth can have a chance at living decent lives. We are not asking too much, it’s an obligation that the government must own up to. Threats, intimidation and arrest are not going to put food on the table.
Demonstrating as a people is permissible in our country and no one is above the constitution who can override its provisions to its citizens. In fact the leaders of the country are obligated to have respect for the people of Zimbabwe, from whom the authority to govern is derived.
We are determined, we want our jobs now. No amount of threats will stop the jobless.
For and on behalf of the young people of Zimbabwe
MDC Youth Assembly National Spokesperson
Together to end,building a youth with a difference.