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Zim Youth Petition City Councils Over Failure To Perform Constitutional Obligations

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To:
1. The Town Clerk _ Harare City Council
2. The Town Clerk _ Kadoma City Council
3. The Town Clerk _ Bulawayo City Council
4. The Town Clerk _ Kwekwe City Council
5. The Town Clerk_ Gweru City Council

Dear Sir / Madam

RE: CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION IMPOSED IN TERMS OF SECTION 20 (1) (C) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ZIMBABWE.

The Zimbabwe Youth Promotion Corporation is a youth centered social enterprise that is registered and established in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe. As a youth centered enterprise, we write on our own behalf and also on behalf of the youths.

 

 

We carried a careful assessment of your council’s policies and regulations in order to check if the council is prioritizing the youths on job vacancies, access to tuck shops , garden or flea markets including all commercial land and realized that your policies are not aligned to section 20 (1) (c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which obliges the council and other state institutions to take reasonable measures to ensure that the youths are accorded opportunities of employment and other avenues of economic empowerment.

 

Our findings have shown that from the year 2013; the time when the New Constitution came into effect until now, your council has not taken any significant measure specific to ensure that the youths are accorded opportunities of employment and other avenues of economic empowerment.

 

We have also noted that as a result of your council’s failure to perform constitutional obligations that are solely intended to benefit the youths, the youths have suffered financial and economic prejudice. The youths are the intended beneficiaries of opportunities which arise when the council performs

constitutional obligations that are solely intended to benefit the youths, the youths have suffered financial and economic prejudice. The youths are the intended beneficiaries of opportunities which arise when the council performs the above mentioned obligation hence they legitimately expect that the said obligation will be performed to their benefit.

In the sprit enshrined in section 3 (1) (b) of the Administrative Justice Act (Chapter 10: 28), we write to formally request your council to immediately take the following measures as a matter of policy:

1. Prioritization of the youths on all available and upcoming tuck shops, garden or flea markets spaces including all commercial land spaces.

2. Establishment of a youth focal desk at council offices.

 

3. Imposing a “youth discount” to all youths on business and shop license fees.

4. Prioritization of the youths on all upcoming job vacancies in council.

We consider the above measures to be reasonable and expect that you will quickly place the issue on the agenda of the next full council meeting in line with section 324 of the constitution which require constitutional obligations such as the one above to be performed diligently and without delay.

We thank you in advance for considering our request. By way of this letter, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youths, Sports and Recreation, the Honorable Minister of Youths, Sports and Recreation, the Zimbabwe Youth Council and all key stakeholders have been alerted of the request.

Yours Faithfully

 

……………………………………………….
BELIEVE GUTA
[Interim President of the Zimbabwe Youth Promotion Corporation]

Cc: The Honorable Chairperson -Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youths, Sports & Recreation
Cc: The Honorable Minister of Youths, Sports and Recreation
Cc: The Chairperson -Zimbabwe Youth Council
Cc: The Chairperson- National Association of Youth Organizations (NAYO)
Cc: The Chairperson -Youth Empowerment Trust (YET)
Cc: The Acting Secretary of Youth Affairs – ZANU PF
Cc: The Chairperson of the National Youth Assembly – MDC Alliance
Cc: The Secretary General – Zimbabwe Youth Council

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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