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Zinasu victory a reflection of the turning political landscape

One primary reason why young people are cynical or even repulsed at the thought of politics is because of its mental turn off.

By Roy Muroyi
3 minute read

Watching your entire future being plundered by some old out-of-touch politicians, while you are confined to the back bench.

The youth has, for long, watched as their societies get drained of their quintessence, basic human rights trampled underfoot and institutions undermined by the Zanu PF regime.

In the July 2018 general elections, the youth overwhelmingly participated.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission statistics showed that 60% of the registered voters in Zimbabwe are the youth, meaning the youth of Zimbabwe are setting up a new standard for themselves.

Intrigue, insiders and drama describe this year’s Student Representative Council (SRC) elections all across the country.

The Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) under the leadership Archibald Madida has concretely put the nail to the coffin on the Zanu PF affiliate Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union (Zicosu).

In a campaign aimed at emancipating the student populace and improving the welfare of students, they have managed a clean sweep in all the Students’ Representative Council elections at the National University of Science and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology and more recently, the University of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean students do not want to get involved in politics doesn’t line up with the wider national political trend.

The level of participation by students in the SRC elections was also a very clear indication that the youth are in dire need of change — change in the entire national discourse.

What is more dazzling about the elections was the tenacity, desire and will to participate in the political turf by students all across Zimbabwe.

The elections saw student leaders such as Tapiwa Chiriga, Netsai Marova, Tafadzwa Chabata and many more making an effort to move around different campuses in solidarity with their comrades that were gunning for office.Youth leaders from the MDC Alliance, such as national youth chairperson Happymore Chidziva, were also there to support their Zinasu comrades.

This clearly marks the hallmark of the evolution of Zinasu and youth participation in politics.

Student democracy is very vital to any society, both as a symbol of students being involved in democracy and as a process of exacting change in students’ associations and universities.

Universities and colleges in Zimbabwe, over the years, have been the cooking pot of future leaders and political geniuses.

It is through student politics that the MDC was able to rise and become one of the biggest political parties in Africa.

Student unions are important as they act as mediators between the school’s administration and the student population.

It is imperative to also understand that student unions have got the power to shape national policies and improve the welfare of students.

While student associations’ power may be limited, it does show students’ priorities and can push in the direction that students want national policy to go.

Often, when people talk about student politics, the one big name that quickly comes to mind is that of Learnmore “Judah” Jongwe.

Jongwe represented a new genre of budding politicians in Africa.
Some of them include the likes of MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, political and social commentator Takura Zhangazha, Pedzisayi Ruhanya, Daniel Molokele and Job Sikhala.

As Zinasu president, Jongwe contributed immensely to the rise of student politics in Zimbabwe.

Zinasu has, over the years, been marred with infightings that made their role in the Zimbabwean political landscape unnoticeable.

However, the union has stood the test of time, from Zanu PF infiltration, persecution of their leaders as well as targeted violence on their members.

Zanu PF has also been accused of tempering with the SRC results in the previous elections.

This year’s elections have not been different. Incidences of rigging were reported by the Zinasu secretary-general Ashlegh Pfunye at the University of Zimbabwe.

The Midlands State University is next, with the Zinasu Midlands chair Tapiwa Chiriga promising nothing short of victory for their Zinasu presidential candidate Jacob Lawrence and team.

Midlands State University and Great Zimbabwe University have, over the years, been Zicosu strongholds.
A more progressive move by the youths to take charge of their destiny is here.

It is imperative for the youth of Zimbabwe in colleges and universities to realise how significant student politics is and should always participate.

Source: www.Newsday.co.zw
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VOTER REGISTRATION CENTER OPENS AT NUST

by Andile Tshuma | @andile_tshuma

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has set up a Biometric Voter Registration Centre at the National University of Science and Technology to make it easier for students to part take in the voter registration exercise.

The voter registration exercise commenced yesterday at the institution and is set to run for 16 days.

National University of Science and Technology Director of Communication and Marketing Mr Felix Moyo said it was noble and important for ZEC to bring the voter registration to the campus as it had a high population of youths and members of staff who were eligible to vote.

“It is such a good gesture that they have shown us and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission id very welcome here at NUST. We have been a polling station before so we are very much in support and are very patriotic to all such causes for our country,” said Mr Moyo.

“We hope that the students will make use of this opportunity and register while we still have this facility on campus,” said Mr Moyo just after completing his registration.”

Mr Moyo urged students at the university and from other institutions to make use of the facility as voting was an integral part of them having a say in their future.

“It is very important for youths to take such matters seriously as they are the custodians of the future, The youths should be engaged in such processes as they are molded into becoming tomorrow’s adults. We hope that the students will make use of this opportunity and register while we still have this facility on campus,” said Mr Moyo just after completing his registration.

Bulawayo initially had one voter registration centre however, ZEC has since set up 68 voter registration centres across the city and 2508 centres countrywide.

The voter registration Blitz is set to end on October 26.

The electoral body’s chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau, said the second phase will be held from October 29 to November 13, whilst the third phase will run from November 16 to December 1, with the last phase running from December to December 19.

She urged political parties to advise their members of the various forms of proof of residence required for the exercise.