Govt approves Zim Youth Bill


Government has approved the principles of the Zimbabwe Youth Bill which provides for the empowerment and participation of the youth in development initiatives in the country.

Speaking during a post-Cabinet media briefing held in Harare on Tuesday night, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Bill would also provide for the setup of youth focal desks in all government ministries and departments at all levels.

“Cabinet approved the principles of the Zimbabwe Youth Bill as presented by the minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation (Kirsty Coventry).

“She indicated that the current legislation on the youth provides only for the Zimbabwe Youth Council and is silent on all the other aspects of the youth.

“The objective of the proposed Bill is thus to have an all-encompassing legislation that addresses all sectors or areas of the youth, align it to the Constitution, as well as the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sadc Declaration on Youth Development and Empowerment, ,” Mutsvangwa said.

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