GWERU - Youths in Lower Gwelo have be urged to stop their apathetic approach to governance and economic matters as the current dynamics require equitable distribution of national resources and opportunities.
Speaking at a Community Engagement Workshop which was hosted by Nkabazwe community radio in Lower Gwelo last week, participants said young people tend to exclude themselves from issues of importance.
“Here in Lower Gwelo, self-exclusion affects youths. People are invited to come and take part in programmes that affect them but you find many of them choosing to stay away. You also find that young people in politics lack the active support of their age-mates and that is really sad. Young people must support each other in all spheres of life.
“We also need to have equal resources distribution in all sectors such as agriculture, mining, entrepreneurship. That is, however, more feasible if we are in government and in influential positions,” said Esther Khoza, a young entrepreneur.
She also called for the liberalisation of media laws, saying the broadcasting sector needed to be taken to the people through the establishment of community radios.
Nkabazwe Radio projects manager, Oswald Chishanga said youth participation was a key anchor for empowerment.
“Youth participation in civic engagement processes is important because it helps us to identify areas where we are lagging behind. Today we came here to engage each other on political, social and economic issues looking at the constitution of our country,” said Chishanga.
He lamented the marginalisation of young people especially in rural areas, saying more needed to be done to educate communities on rights that are enshrined in the national constitution.
Nkabazwe Radio station director, Tobias Saratewo encouraged young people to unite so that their voices could carry more weight.
“Young people should unite and claim their rightful space in politics and the economy. The constitution should be our starting point and we need to know what it offers us. We want youths to have a say in decision-making processes. It should not only be a preserve for older generations,” said Saratewo.