By Tenacity Reporter
Bulawayo youths have called on the country’s political leaders to put national interests before politics in order to ensure that the country’s independence was not in vain.
The youths accused political leaders of being power hungry and failing to advance initiatives that improve the lives of ordinary people.
In separate interviews with The Tenacity Post ahead of the country’s 40th Uhuru celebrations, the youths said their dreams for a better life will forever be crashed if leaders prioritized politics.
Bulawayo will host this year’s Independence Day main event, which is expected to draw thousands to the city’s Barbourfields Stadium.
“I am a born free , but I still haven’t enjoyed the fruits of that freedom that came through the war of liberation. All politicians are the same , they only care about power and getting elected into office but never about our lives,” said Nigel Ngulube a youth from Bulawayo’s Mpopoma surburb.
Another youngster, Tafara Dube, from Killarney said there is no difference between the opposition and ruling party as he said they have both failed in their areas of control.
“Zanu Pf has failed to deliver anything since it got into power. All they did was give us promises of a better life .They promised us business initiatives that will improve our livelihoods but we are getting totally the opposite,” he said
“The MDC controls the city council but look at the roads, look at the water situation, it’s all worse .All they do best is fight about who gets what position and who is going to be the mayor nothing more.”
Gabriel Sibanda, a small time mushroom farmer said he was disappointed by the slow pace in achieving devolution, despite having leaders mention it in all entrepreneurship events.
He said failure to achieve this initiative and decentralization of government services four decade after gaining independence was affecting business growth for many Bulawayo youths.
“I have been trying to get several certificates for me to establish my business as a formal and recognizable business but this process is very expensive. I am not in a position to raise money for transport and for material to use in my business. I feel like the leaders have failed us as a young generation because we can never build something of our own,” said 33 year old Sibanda.
Last year, Independence day celebrations were held in Harare Province.