Call to establish youth commission

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THE parliamentary portfolio committee on youths has recommended an amendment to the Constitution to allow the government to appoint a Youth Commission.

In a report presented in the National Assembly recently, the committee said the laws of the country do not respect youths.

“In the long term, the Youth Commission should be included in the Constitution like every other independent commission as mentioned in Chapter 12 of the Constitution.

“There should be a financial strategy to make sure the Zimbabwe Youth Council is adequately funded by June 2020. The committee noted that currently there is no legislation to enforce or compel line ministries to comply with the provisions of Section 20 of the Constitution as well as the provisions of the National Youth Policy.

The committee raised concern over the partisan nature of the Zimbabwe Youth Council.

“The ministry of Youth should endeavour to strengthen the Youth Council by ensuring the full secretariat headed by an executive director is in place. In the interim, the ministry of Youth should come up with legislation to compel ministries to comply with the provisions of section 20 of the Constitution.

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