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MDC Natioanl Youth Executive Committee reshuffles

by Discent C Bajila, MDC Youth Assembly Secretary General
03 Feb 2015 at 12:40hrs | Views
MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE YOUTH ASSEMBLY
PRESS RELEASE

February 3, 2015

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has with immediate effect reshuffled its Natioanl Youth Executive Committee (NYEC) pursuant of the following;

To maintain equal representation of all the party's twelve (12) political provinces

To ensure that gender quotas prescribed by Section 5.11 of the party Constitution are maintained
To ensure that the youth age limit of thirty five (35) years is maintained in line with the party Constitution, the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the African Youth Charter and other international instruments

To prepare the Youth Assembly for the inevitable unification of the two MDC formations as agreed on 26 November 2014.

EQUAL REPRESENTATION OF PROVINCES
The new National Youth Executive Committee comprises of twenty four (24) members. Each of the party's twelve (12) political provinces has two representatives. This is a very important matter which has been maintained at all times.

GENDER EQUITY
Section 5.11 of the MDC Constitution prescribes that at least eight (8) of the twenty four (24) NYEC members should be Female. The 3rd National Congress of the MDC held in January 2011 had failed to achieve this threshold with only six (6) of the NYEC members being Female. This reshuffle increases the number of Female representatives to eleven (11)

YOUTH AGE LIMIT
Section 5.11 of the MDC Constitution also declares that membership of the Youth Assembly shall be open to persons between the ages of fourteen (14) and thirty five (35). Between our 3rd National Congress in January 2011 and August 2014, a number of National Youth Executive Members seized to be youth. They thus collectively requested that they be excused from the Assembly hence opening up leadership opportunities for the next generation. This was an unusual gesture especially in a country led by a nonagenarian. We congratulate them for that heroic act and pledge to support them in their future endeavours within the movement. Their departure reduced the average age in the NYEC from thirty two (32) to twenty six (26).

PREPARING FOR UNIFICATION

The reshuffled NYEC is thus tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the unification process happens with maximum youth participation and the overall outcome defines a new narrative for youth activism in Zimbabwe.

The reshuffled NYEC is as follows;

Chairperson
Gideon Mandaza
Mash East

Dep. Chairperson
Ntobeko Nkomazana
Mat North

Secretary
Discent Bajila
Mat South

Dep. Secretary
Cecilia Chimbiri
Mash Central

Treasurer
Godwin Masiya
Masvingo

Deputy Treasurer
Cathrine Tsuro
Mid North

Secretary for Organizing
Shephard Dube
Bulawayo

Dep. Sec for Organizing
Collen Maruva
Mash West

Secretary for Recruitment
Isher Chibweve
Masvingo

Dep. Sec for Recruitment
Daniel Kaitano
Manicaland

Secretary for Mobilization
Thokozani Sileya
Mat North

Dep. Sec for Mobilization
Tsitsi Katuruza
Manicaland

Secretary for Media, Info & Publicity
Brighton Makunike
Harare

Dep. Sec for Media, Info & Publicity
Ntombiyesizwe Ncube
Mat South

Secretary for Defence & Security
Prosper Mlambo
Chitungwiza

Dep. Sec for Defence & Security
Timothy Mugari
Mash Central

Secretary for Gender Affairs
Minenhle Gumede
Bulawayo

Dep. Sec for Gender Affairs
Lorraine Sibanda
Mid South

Secretary for Legal Affairs
Partson Chibura
Chitungwiza

Dep Sec Legal Affairs
Onias Mushore
Mid North

Secretary For International Relations and Ext Structs
Francis Mufambi
Harare

Dep Sec International Relations and Ext Strucs

Clara Uyauya
Mash West

Secretary for Training & Political Education
Florence Fungai Marimbire
Mid South

Dep.Sec for Training & Political Education
Gift Kurupati
Mash East       

STATEMENT ISSUED BY- Discent C Bajila (MDC Youth Assembly Secretary General)

Source - Discent C Bajila

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