Women and youths rise in regional politics

By Abigirl Tembo

THE Second Republic led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been commended for creating an enabling environment for women and youths to take up leadership positions.

This follows the swearing in of Honourable Tatenda Mavetera as a member of the Pan African Parliament and her appointment as the First Vice President of the Pan African Parliament Young People and Youth Caucus in South Africa.

Scores of youths and members of the Young Women for Economic Development gathered at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to welcome the newly elected First Vice President of the Pan African Parliament Young People and Youth Caucus, Honourable Tatenda Mavetera.

“We are happy as Young Women for ED, This is something big because that’s our National Chairperson, that’s our founder and leader and she is leading by example and now she is being recognised by the whole continent so this is something big and we should celebrate as young women as we see women taking the leadership role”, said Rufaro Matsika – Chair Lady Young Women for ED Harare Chapter.

Honourable Mavetera who is also Proportional Representation Legislator for Seke Chikomba Constituency and Honourable Stars Mathe, Member of Parliament for Nkayi South who was appointed Vice Chairman of Education, Culture and Tourism in the Pan African Parliament, pledged to work hard in raising the concerns of youths and women at the continental parliament.

“We are so happy because it shows that the African Continent has confidence in Zimbabwe. It also shows that the strides that have been made by His Excellency, Cde ED Mnangagwa towards the re-engagement drive have also made African countries believe in Zimbabwe and also to understand that Zimbabwe is really doing well in terms of making sure that we go well in terms of engaging other countries. It’s a great opportunity for me to represent youths on a regional platform,” said Mavetera.

As the Vice Chairperson of Education, Culture and Tourism, I pledge to work hard in raising the flag of my country high in education and tourism for it is such an honour to be appointed in the high office at PAP,” noted Hon Mathe.

Founded in 2004, the Pan African Parliament (PAP) is the legislative body of the African Union and has advisory and consultative powers.

Zimbabwe’s Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira was elected President of the PAP becoming the first ever