By Ashwell Zikhali
The National Movement of Catholic Students in Zimbabwe (NMCS), in their press statement released on Monday, registered their solidarity with the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference addressing issues that affect youths.
“As the National Movement of Catholic Students we would like to state that we stand in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference. The letter they wrote indeed speaks to the issues which we as the youths have been grappling with as well as our aspirations and yearnings.”
“NMCS feels emboldened that our shepherds have sought to remind us that they are with us in this difficult time.
“We are facing a bleak future; hundreds of our members are dropping out of school each year due to worsening economic conditions. The ones who manage to graduate it is into a jobless economy driving them into destitution and all sorts of activities, which erode their dignity.
“We are not asking for much! We are asking for the chance to live in a functional economy with opportunities for all, where we can actively put to use our skills and talents for the development of our beloved country.
NMCS also said the ZCBC was in the right track.
“As students and youth, we are reminded of the words in Esther 4:14, ‘if you remain quiet at such a time as this, salvation and deliverance shall come from other quarters, but as for you and your father’s house, you shall perish- perhaps you are in the position that you are for a time such as this’”
NMCS called upon the government to mend broken relations in the country and do away with antagonism.
“As a body informed by the Catholic Social Teachings which emphasize on the common good, dignity of the human person, solidarity and the defending and upholding of human rights we call upon the government to mend the broken social contract and do away with the “them versus us” mentality.”