The MDC-T has made a U-turn on the issue of National Youth Service and has agreed to the re-introduction of the programme, agreeing that it gives young people a sense of belonging.
Despite publicly criticising the National Youth Service Programme claiming in the private media that it is a Zanu PF project to train militias, the MDC-T now says the programme is a noble one for the youth.In an interview with ZBC News, MDC-T legislator, who also Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Mr. Tongai Matutu urged all Zimbabweans to accept the programme.
“Most youths will find the process of national youth service as one that will lead them to the best destinations in life. I would like to believe that most of the youths will take pride in participating and taking part in the national youth service programme,” said Mr. Matutu.
The National Youth Service Programme had been stopped since 2009. The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere says the programme is set to be re-introduced following overwhelming calls from youths who felt the training is essential.
â€œYoung people have been calling for the reintroduction of the programme,â€ said Cde Kasukuwere.
The National Youth Service was established in 2001 with the aim of transforming and empowering youths for nation building through life skills training and leadership development.
However, the MDC-T has been opposing the programme, labeling the trained youths Zanu PF militias.