TRANSFORM Zimbabwe (TZ) leader, Jacob Ngarivhume has been nominated to head the Zimbabwe National Electoral Reform Agenda (Zinera) youth committee, which is expected to be the opposition’s bedrock, as parties pile pressure on the ruling Zanu PF ahead of next year’s elections.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Zinera was formerly known as the National Electoral Reform Agenda, a grouping of 28 opposition parties.
Ngarivhume joins other chairpersons, Morgan Tsvangirai, who leads the diplomatic committee, Joice Mujuru (political), Tendai Biti (legal) and Dumiso Dabengwa (crisis and strategy).
The TZ leader described the youth vote as important for the 2018 elections and, as such, they would be having various programmes as opposition parties to dislodge Zanu PF from power.
“As Zinera youth committee chair, it’s important that we excite the youth to register and vote in 2018. The youth vote is the key decider for 2018. Young people constitute over 60% of the voting population and this means the vote can be won at the youth level alone. So it’s a huge responsibility that we mobilise and win this vote,” Ngarivhume said. “My mandate is to set up a working system to work with all other parties to mobilise young people to vote nationally. Political parties are still seconding representatives and once that is done, we will be meeting next week to draw up terms of reference and our operational plan. Once we draw this up, I will present it to the next joint political party plenary meeting for approval and we start working.”
African Democratic Party leader, Marcellina Chikasha, who was elected to lead the women’s committee, held her first meeting yesterday.
She told NewsDay yesterday that her committee was working towards educating, empowering, informing and ensuring that women in the opposition participate in all the electoral processes.
“The meeting was the first one for a united women’s opposition front and was attended by Marian Chombo (NPP), Evelyn Masaiti (PDP) and Margaret Matienga from the MDC-T,” Chikasha said.
“The women set up their structures and have started working on how to ensure that women participate in elections and the political process as a whole.”
She said they were seeking audience with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to ensure that the electoral body addresses challenges faced by women during election times.