VP Mnan­gagwa meets ju­nior MPs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau

ACT­ING Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa yes­ter­day met with ju­nior par­lia­men­tar­i­ans af­ter hold­ing their in­au­gu­ral Ju­nior Cab­i­net in Harare.

Youth, Indi­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Zhuwao ac­com­pa­nied Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Ti­naye Mbavari and her team com­pris­ing other ju­nior par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Mbavari told the Act­ing Pres­i­dent that is­sues on their Ju­nior Cab­i­net agenda in­cluded child mar­riages, drug use and abuse, pa­tri­o­tism and dis­cov­er­ing and nur­tur­ing tal­ents.

Min­is­ter Zhuwao ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Gov­ern­ment for es­tab­lish­ing the Ju­nior Par­lia­ment.

“They (ju­nior par­lia­men­tar­i­ans) are in the process of con­duct­ing their first ses­sion of the Ju­nior Cab­i­net, so we felt it is nec­es­sary and im­por­tant that we pay a cour­tesy call on you,” said Min­is­ter Zhuwao.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to lis­ten­ing to the is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple as he also sug­gested how they should con­duct their Ju­nior Cab­i­net ses­sions.

He im­plored the Min­istry of Youth, Indi­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment to have rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Ju­nior Cab­i­net ses­sions to take min­utes of is­sues un­der dis­cus­sion.

“Then you will know your­selves, which ap­pro­pri­ate min­is­ters are af­fected by the de­bate and then they are given those min­utes,” said Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

“At the next ses­sion of your sit­ting as Cab­i­net, then you put that on mat­ters aris­ing. The first as­pect will be deal­ing with mat­ters aris­ing where these min­is­ters will an­swer. Af­ter mat­ters aris­ing, you don’t kick them out but ask them to leave.” the Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the Gov­ern­ment was elated that the cur­rent ju­nior par­lia­men­tar­i­ans were ac­tive com­pared to pre­vi­ous ones. He said the Gov­ern­ment wanted young peo­ple to raise is­sues af­fect­ing them so that it can ad­dress them. “We would like to hear what the young peo­ple are say­ing about their coun­try, about the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, about so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try, about pol­i­tics in the coun­try, about agri­cul­ture in the coun­try and tourism in the coun­try,” said Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa. He said he met with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers ear­lier yes­ter­day where they de­lib­er­ated on the scourge of child mar­riages. Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Mbavari said other is­sues on the Ju­nior Cab­i­net’s agenda were un­em­ploy­ment, peace­ful en­gage­ment be­tween youths and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, dis­crim­i­na­tion, child labour, san­i­ta­tion, kids and young peo­ple in con­tact or con­flict with the law, re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, and land re­dis­tri­bu­tion to the youths and si­lent prob­lems af­fect­ing the chil­dren like mar­i­tal di­vorce. Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa asked Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Mbavari to ex­plain the si­lent is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple. “What we mean on si­lent prob­lems, is that there is sep­a­ra­tion of par­ents and di­vorce. We are de­bat­ing them be­cause we want to prove that chil­dren should not be af­fected by these prob­lems. If par­ents have sep­a­rated, both par­ents have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to take care of the child be­cause it’s their child. It should not be a re­spon­si­bil­ity of one par­ent to take care of the child,” said Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Mbavari. Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Mbavari is a Lower Sixth stu­dent at Early Bird Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre in Maron­dera.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

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