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The Zimbabwe youth delegation which is currently in Namibia on a regional youth advocacy mission met the Students Christian Movement of Namibia on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
The Zimbabwe Delegation which is made up of the Director of National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) Liberty Bhebhe and Female Students Network(FSN) representative, Chiedza Chiwetu told the six (6) member group of Namibian students drawn from different institutions of Higher learning that their visit was meant to get an understanding of problems facing young people in Namibia and search for areas of mutual interest as a starting point towards building a 'generation to generation' engagement and solidarity.
"We are here to build a relationship. For the past ten years we have enjoyed publicity as a result of voices from the region and the international community. We need to begin to appreciate as Zimbabweans that solidarity is reciprocal and we need to begin to speak out on issues that affect the Namibian youths. More so we need to begin to talk broader issues that affect young people beyond our borders and come up with solutions that will create stability, jobs and development in SADC. We need to support each other in crises and happiness. Africa is for Africans and we must build it for our own benefit and for the generations to come €, appealed Liberty Bhebhe.
The Namibian Christian students agreed with their Zimbabwe counterparts that there is need to collectively hold governments accountable for their failure to provide for their people particularly the youths.
"Governments seem to have neglected their role. There are challenges which we need to tackle collectively as young people. The youth's representation in parliament is pathetic both in Zimbabwe and Namibia. We do not have decision making powers since this is regarded as an elders' zone. Young women are extremely marginalised and we need to find ways to enhance the participation of young people in decision making processes. We need to begin to collectively advocate for a quota system for young people in parliament in the SADC region and start from somewhere as a united front €, said an agitated Tonaleni Ndemuneda, a final year student from the University of Namibia.
The Zimbabwe delegation impressed upon their Namibian counterparts to approach the government of Namibia to push for reforms in Zimbabwe before the next election. They also appealed to the Christian students to approach their church elders and persuade them to play an active role in putting pressure on the Government of Namibia to play an active role in making sure that Zimbabwe holds a constitutional referendum and that people are allowed to vote freely in the next election which is scheduled for 2013. The female students attending the meeting agreed to create a face book account for female students which they will use to push for their issues collectively. They also agreed to continuously engage through exchange learning visits.
The Zimbabwe Youth delegation is currently in Namibia to garner support from regional youths towards putting pressure on Harare to fully implement requisite reforms before the next election which is scheduled for 2013 in Zimbabwe.