The country’s young people have been challenged to actively participate in politics if they want to influence policy changes than to continue criticising leaders or government from the terraces.

The call was made by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Terrance Mukupe during the #EDhasMYVOTE campaign held at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College in Gwanda.

The Zimbabwe College of Students Union (ZICOSU) organised a meeting at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College in Gwanda recently to mobilise support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

With youths constituting the majority of the country’s population, the ruling Zanu PF party believes this constituency should be active players in politics and governance issues instead of complaining from the terraces.

Cde Mukupe told students at the institution of higher learning to join party structures now, in preparation for 2023.

The student body’s representatives urged young people to vote for the President as his administration has clearly demonstrated that it is a government that listens to the people.

Among the issues raised by the students at JM Nkomo Polytechnic College was the unfair slashing of the salaries for temporary teachers from about $350 to about $150 and the lack and shortage of learning materials particularly for those in the engineering department.

The meeting that was also graced by the Zanu PF provincial youth chairman Cde Washington Nkomo and other party representatives.