HARARE – Former Zanu PF Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa, has said he will turn his Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) pressure group into a fully-fledged opposition political party, if the existing parties fail to accommodate youths.
In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mliswa lamented the failure by political parties to embrace the youth, whom he said are the country’s future leaders.
“…our structures are going pretty well, we are in all the provinces in the country, all the admin districts in the country and all the constituencies in the country…And when the parties fail to accommodate the youth,…this is not a threat, this is the truth, Yard will turn into a party.
“If the parties don’t accommodate them at this point in time, it will turn into a party because they have been forced to do that.”
He said Yard, which was officially launched in November last year, fights for reform and democracy, further reiterating the need by political parties to involve the youth in their programmes.
He said his organisation is aimed at building the nation.
“We therefore appeal to the political parties to give a position on their policies pertaining to the youth. How many of the 210 constituencies will be put aside for the youth? That’s what we want in simple terms,” he said, further asking Zanu PF, MDC, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, NCA, Zapu and People’s Democratic Party to clearly state the number of seats they would reserve for the youth.
Mliswa, who has just returned from South Africa where he attended the Julius Malema-led opposition political party Economic Freedom Fighters’ local elections manifesto launch, said he was under pressure to form a political party because 90 percent of the youth were non-aligned.
“I have been under pressure to create a party for the youth, which we believe that come 2018, we are not looking at taking over if there was ever a party to be formed, but the youths believe that there could be at least a 15 to 20 percent of the seats,” he said.
Mliswa added that the Zimbabwean situation is worrying because the youth constitute the majority of the population but little space has been created for them to contribute effectively in the process of national building.