Bulawayo Youth Council (B.Y.C) Established

The National Youth Development Trust has successfully established the Bulawayo Youth Council (B.Y.C). The Council, which is made up of democratically elected youth councilors, is the first of a number of Local Youth Councils that shall be established throughout Zimbabwe. These Local Youth Councils shall exist to represent the views of young people at a local level by giving young people the opportunity to discuss relevant issues, engage with decision-makers and contribute to improving the lives of other young people within their communities.

Through the delivery of their functions and work programmes, these Local Youth Councils shall seek to champion the well-being, rights and participation of young people by:

I. Supporting the development of effective youth policies at local governance levels
II. Facilitating meaningful collaboration between youth organisations and all sectors

with a responsibility for young people.
III. Providing opportunities for young people and elected representatives to meet and

discuss issues of concern to young people.
IV. Representing young people’s views to decision-makers through Youth Policy

Position Papers

The first Youth Convention of the Bulawayo Youth Council managed to elect 27 youth ward councilors out of the 29 wards in Bulawayo. Of the 27 elected councilors, eight of them are female. This youth council shall be run by young people for young people so that they can get their voices heard in the decisions that are being made in their neighbourhoods. It should enable young people from Bulawayo to have real influence over their own lives and within their own communities.

The overwhelming response to the Youth convention by young people is a reflection of how eager and ready youths are to take up the challenge of leading their communities towards rehabilitation after over a decade of stagnant development.

The idea of a Bulawayo Youth Council is born out of a conviction by the National Youth Development Trust that Youth development can be understood as the active process by which young people are engaged, equipped and empowered to be active citizens in society. This is characterised by a purposeful strength-building approach. Rather than categorising young people according to their deficits, our model of youth development aims to build upon the creative capacities inherent within each young person.

The following young People were are Bulawayo’s Youth Councillors:

WARD 1: SIBUSISIWE LUNGA,

WARD 2: NOZIPHO MOYO, WARD 3: MGCINI MOYO, WARD 4: NJABULO TAZIBONA, WARD 5: ADRIAN MOYO, WARD 6: ESTINAH NYONI, WARD 7:

TAFADZWA MAGANDI, WARD 8: LEOPOLD BUMHIRA, WARD 9: GLORIA CUMBA, WARD 10: HANDSOME MASEKO, WARD 11: CLIFFORD MPOFU,

WARD 12: PHILLIP DUBE, WARD 13: EVANS THULANI NDABA,

WARD 14: NDABA NGWENYA, WARD 15: SELINA DUBE, WARD 16: NOMALANGA MOYO, WARD 18: NQOBIZITHA TSHUMA, WARD 17: CALVIN MOYO, WARD 19: PRECIOUS MOYO, WARD 20: GODFREY NYONI, WARD 21: MORGAN BOB, WARD 22: MARSHALL MTIKI, WARD 23: SEAN T. NCUBE, WARD 24: OBVIOUS NCUBE, WARD 25: MEMORY MAHLANGU, WARD 26: TBA WARD 27: KHUMBULANI MNKANDLA, WARD 28: FUTURE MTALA, WARD 29: TBA

At least six young people were invited from every ward in Bulawayo with candidates being vote for by constituency. This means there were at least 12 people eligible to vote for each candidate.

Two nominations per ward were required with some wards nominating only one candidate who automatically became the winner. In ward 9, there was a tie and the vote had to be taken to the full house where Gloria Cumba won overwhelmingly.

Wards 26 and 29 are yet to choose their councilors. In ward 26 the nominated candidates did not make it to the convention and the youths from that ward felt they could only vote for them in their presence. Ward 29 on the other hand was not represented and as such elections will be held in the two wards in the shortest possible time.

Identify your ward’s youth councilor and make sure they know your concerns. Through them you will have a voice. Together lets make the Youth Council (B.Y.C) work for us.

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