Monday, August 15, 2011

Youths should shun violence


Masvingo Bureau
Zimbabwean youths should shun violence and concentrate on ensuring that they benefit from Government's indigenisation  policies, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said.
Minister Kasukuwere said youths should develop themselves economically instead of expending their energy in violence.
Speaking during the International Youth Day at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo on Friday last week, Minister Kasukuwere said Government was committed to helping youths towards realising their goals.
"Youths should totally desist from violence and even in situations where people have differences there should be amicable ways of trying to convince each without employing violence.
"Differences in opinion on whatever subject should not lead people to be violent against each other so we are urging the youths to keep away from violence," he said.
Minister Kasukuwere said youths should be at the fore-front of empowerment programmes.
"Youths should take advantage of the ongoing efforts by the Government to indigenise the economy through the economic indigenisation programme.
"Young people should be at the forefront of making sure that Zimbabweans take ownership of their resources for the benefit of future generations."
He also urged youths to exploit their various God given talents in whatever field of human endeavour.
Minister Kasukuwere said going to school was not the only way youths could prosper in life as there were other opportunities especially in the informal sector.
He warned youths about the threat posed by the HIV and Aids scourge urging them to avoid being involved in sexual activities that increased infections.
Deputy Minister Tongai Matutu said Government would continue to pressure authorities to give loans to the youths for income-generating projects.
He said the ministry was allocated US$1 million for loans.
Deputy Minister Matutu said although the figure was small the people handling the distribution should make sure that all youths in Zimbabwe benefited.
Masvingo Governor and Resident Minister Titus Maluleke hailed the holding of International Youth Day Celebrations saying youths had a crucial role to play.
Poetry and music by Sulumani Chimbetu spiced the celebrations.