Youth Development, Indegenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, has scoffed at some media reports alleging that the government is set to introduce National Youth Service training for pre-school children, saying the allegations are unfounded and farfetched.
Cde Kasukuwereâ€™s response follows reports in some sections of the media alleging thatÂ a concept paper by the Ministry of Youth Development, Indegenisation and Empowerment has recommended that young childrenÂ be included in the National Youth Service training.
Minister Kasukuwere said, the government has madeÂ serious recommendations that are set to make the programme much better and accommodative to the demandsÂ of young people after finishing secondary education.
â€œIt is just shocking to realise that some people could fabricate issues to such extremes. TheÂ idea of pre-school childrenÂ being included in this programme is farfetched. It is not a new concept as it has been used by many countries to give youths a sense of national pride,â€ Cde Kasukuwere said.
Cde Kasukuwere took a swipe at some political parties that have tried to politicise the National Youth Service saying, the programme is just a fulfillment of the provisions of the Global Political Agreement.
â€œIt should be noted that the Global Political Agreement did not abolish the programme, instead it set the values and practice in which the programme should be implemented,â€Â he said.
The inclusive government has set an inter-ministerial committee to revise and develop the framework of how the National Youth Service should operate.
The team has since visited Tanzania and Rwanda to getÂ the insight of how other countries implement the programme and recommendations have since been submitted to cabinet for consideration.
However, Â ZBC has it Â that some mischievous cabinet ministers have leaked the submissions with some misrepresentation of facts to the media for political reasons.