Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution has dismissed Youth Development minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s sudden interest in the economic upliftment of local youths as a political campaign.
Kasukuwere has been in Bulawayo to meet local youths twice in two weeks. Resolution spokesperson Mqondisi Moyo told Radio Dialogue that according to information received from CABS, no youths have benefitted from the $2million of $10 million Ukondla/Kurera Youth Fund that is alleged to have been disbursed.
“We have approached CABS and from the information that was availed to us, no youths from Matebeleland and Bulawayo have benefitted from the fund,” Moyo said.
“We are aware that Kasukuwere is politicking because it is public knowledge that Matebeleland is regarded as a playing field for all political parties especially the one headquatered in Harare because they know that the people from the region are resolute.”
Moyo said each province should be allocated its own share of the available funds to ensure easy access.
Zapu FP president Sikhumbuzo Dube says the fund is being used to attract youth voters. Dube says the ministry should concentrate on creating a conducive environment for youths to start businesses.
“People are being asked to get into groups in order to access funds, why force people into groups when you know fully well that the economic environment is fragile which is makes it difficult for business start ups,” Dube said.
“That fund should be stopped because if its not doing anyone any good then it has to be scrapped off, the ministry should concentrate on creating value.”
Economic analyst Bulisani Ncube says the Ukondla/Kurera Youth Fund is a political process with political objectives that has no potential of resuscitating the city’s economy.
“If the process was initiated to achieve economic objectives, then it should have been implemented in a better way, this is a political process with political process,”Ncube said.