By Martin Mawaya
The Midlands State University (MSU) lecturer, Vincent Chakunda has urged young people to take a leading role in the administration of public resources.
Speaking at a ZIMCODD training indaba on social and economic justice activism academy in Gweru, Chakunda said youth should play a pivotal role in the administration of public finances at all levels of government.
“As youth you must demand accountability and justice in the manner in which the tax money is used.
“You must take bold steps on making sure that the government is accountable for their actions on public finances both at local and national government,” he said.
He implored the youth to have a culture of reading and research to challenge the governance systems.
“I want to encourage you to seek knowledge through reading and wide researching in order for you to have facts when you claim, interrogate government actions on accountability and social justice, because knowledge is power,” said Chakunda.
The local government lecturer added that youth lacks information to challenge injustice by the government.
“As youth you are not in a position to challenge the government because you lack information and tools to challenge the state on national budget, hence you have tolerated the perpetuation of injustices.
The recent survey that we carried out in the 10 local authorities revealed that youth don’t participate on budget formulation processes because of perceptions and some of you are not interested.
Recently the city of Gweru suspended the Town Clerk on litany of allegations of incompetence which might not be quantified when put to a competent framework to justify the existence of incompetence,” he said.
Chakunda said the city once suspended the then Town Clerk, Daniel Matawu and later paid him handsomely, residents tolerated it and this is another case that in 5 to 6 or 2years the suspended Town Clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza will emerge to claim her benefits she is entitled to.
He added that these are some of the issues that youths should interrogate and demand accountability.
“As young people you must be clear on what are public resources so that you will be clear on the cases of public abuse and be able to extrapolate your issues beyond emotions and anger,” he said.