|MDC-T backs youth service|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00|
The party has in the past discredited the training centres, claiming that they are used to train youths partisan politics. The MDC-T legislators said the vocational training centres were noble, adding that there was a misconception by their party that vocational training centres were used as torture bases.
The MPs said this while contributing to a portfolio committee report on Women Affairs, Youth, Gender and Community Development, chaired by Sunningdale MP Margaret Matienga (MDC-T) on the challenges and constraints affecting operations of VTCs.
The MDC-T legislators joined their Zanu-PF counterparts in lauding the centres, and urged the Government to adequately resource them and increase their numbers to assist youths. The report stemmed from a tour of several centres by the committee.
Nkulumane MP Mr Thamsanqa Mahlangu said from his experience as Deputy Minister of Youth Development, the current perception on the centres is misguided.
Masvingo West MP Mr Tachiona Mharadza (MDC-T) said there was a perception that if a ministry was being headed by a Zanu-PF minister, programmes it undertook were for that party.
Magwegwe MP Mr Felix Sibanda (MDC-T) said there was need to correct the perception about the centres.
“People still believe that these centres are for militia training,” he said.
“You cannot put a cat and a mouse in the same room,” he said.
The committee also observed that the US$250 fees per semester were high considering that most of the students were from poor families.
The committee also said the centres should not be used for political activities and campaigns by political parties during elections.