A Zambian student studying at the Shamva-based Frontline Institute has called on youths not to wait for employment opportunities from Government, as they are not enough to go round.
Speaking at the Independence Dialogue at Bindura University of Science Education yesterday, Kenny Simukoko said: “Let us imagine, we have been graduating pre and post-independence in our thousands until today. Who should employ who? It is time that, we as youths, come together with policymakers and take responsibility for our own destiny.
“I encourage youths to take the lead in production. We have to see the youths engaged in all sectors of the economy such as mining, farming, manufacturing and all sorts of production processes not as workers, but employers.”
Simukoko said youths should stop being cry-babies, but rather take advantage of the peace and tranquillity in the country to assist in coming up with solutions to macro and micro-economic challenges being experienced in the country.
“Irrespective of political differences, it is time that youths put their differences aside and unite in the fight for economic development. Let us learn to love each other as brothers and sisters as espoused by the doctrine of pan-Africanism for it is said: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, let us go together’.
“Alone the world changes you and together we can change the world and indeed our beloved Zimbabwe.”
Simukoko said the ascendency of President Mnangagwa to power was not a fluke, but was meant to propel the country to become a world icon on many fronts underpinned by economic recovery and development.
“We recognise President Mnangagwa’s consistency to pulverise machinations of colonialism and imperialism in Africa,” he said. “Noting his unflinching desire to have a united front of African states against all forces of negation.
“You know well that North Africa is not as peaceful as Southern Africa. We hail your (role) as peacemakers.”
Mnangagwa came to power feted like a king, riding on the back of a military coup that toppled his long time ally Robert Mugabe in November 2017, with many Zimbabweans hopeful at the time that he would turn around the country's economic fortunes.
Sadly, that initial goodwill he enjoyed has now wholly disappeared. Mnangagwa has made life even harder for Zimbabweans than it was under Mugabe. Prices of basic commodities are skyrocketing and long winding fuel queues have become the order of the day.