Parly adopts motion to establish Youth Caucus

Parly adopts motion to establish Youth Caucus
Parly adopts motion to establish Youth Caucus

Parly adopts motion to establish Youth Caucus

Parliament has adopted a motion from Honourable Tatenda Mavetera to establish a Parliamentary Youth Caucus.

With the motion, Honourable Mavetera was seeking that a Caucus of influencers and Youth experts, led by sitting MPs in the National Assembly, be assembled to focus on policies and frameworks that drive the youth agenda sector towards the National Economic and Social Transformation Agenda.

It was also seeking that MP in their various constituencies prioritises youths in resource allocation and programming and that they must pursue innovative initiatives and strategies that bring together the youth sector and the various stakeholders for the purposes of promoting participation and mainstreaming in public and private sector programming in the country.

Speaking at the adoption of the motion, Honourable Mavetera paid tribute to President Emmerson Mnangagwa for being an inclusive leader

‘’I would like to thank the Honourable Members who debated on this motion which was seeking for the establishment of a Youth Caucus which is quite an achievement in this august House.

‘’Since 1980 we have never had that, so indeed, we are happy that we have got an all-inclusive President who has also included youths who is Dr E.D. Mnangagwa and also yours truly Honourable Speaker Sir (Jacob Mudenda).  

‘’You also made the establishment of this Youth Caucus.  Therefore, I move for the adoption of this motion,’’ she said.

The establishment of the youth caucus is supposed to help them in achieving the aspirations of Section 20 of the Constitution.

According to section (20), the State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must take reasonable measures including affirmative action programs, to ensure that youths, that is to say, people between the ages of 15 to 35 years, have access to appropriate education and training.

It also aspires that youth must have opportunities to associate and to be represented and participate in political, social-economic and other spheres of life;

c)    are afforded opportunities for employment and other avenues to economic empowerment.

d)   have opportunities for recreational activities and access to recreational facilities; and

e)    are protected from harmful cultural practices, exploitation, and all forms of abuse.

Parly adopts motion to establish Youth Caucus