Youth service graduates dismiss violence claims

Staff Reporter


GWERU – The National Youth Service Graduates Association (ZNSGA) has dismissed assertions that
its members are violent and have caused grief in communities.
Speaking after a meeting to launch their Midlands provincial elections campaign strategy, ZNSGA
secretary general Nickwell Mangisi said the national youth service graduates have been denigrated
for long.
“These claims, that we are a violent lot have been going on for years. We want to clearly state that
the national youth service is a non-violent organisation.
“There are malcontents who bring the name of NYS into disrepute by peddling falsehoods. No
trained cadre engages in violence,” he said.
Mangisi said they heed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for peace.
“We are going to maintain peace before, during and after the elections,” he said adding “we are
saying no to violence.”
Mangisi said they were supporting the candidature of President Mnangagwa during the 2023
harmonised elections.
The ZNSGA secretary general said they had come up with several strategies to campaign for the Zanu
PF first secretary and President.
“We will premise our campaign theme on drug and substance abuse as well as interacting with the
communities through sport and cultural activities.
“We are also partnering progressive doctors where we will be giving health checks for blood
pressure and sugar levels to communities for free,” he said.
Mangisi said one of the pillars of national youth service is voluntarism and through that they will be
embarking on programmes which will make the youths desist from drug and substance abuse.
“Entrepreneurship skills were imparted to us during training and we will teach youths goat rearing
and poultry projects so that they embark on entrepreneurship programmes,” he said.

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