'Determine your future', says Zim PM
Morgan Tsvangirai (AP)
Harare - Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean Prime Minister and president of the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai, has urged the country’s young people to register to vote ahead of elections in 2013.
In a guest column published by NewsDay, Tsvangirai said the unity government was moving “with utmost speed to finalise the constitutional making process to enable Zimbabweans to go to a national referendum preferably in first quarter of 2013.
“I appeal especially to the young people of our country, who form the largest group of our population, to take this responsibility seriously and to register to vote,” said Tsvangirai.
He added that young people who do not register to vote must be reminded that they are outsourcing an important right which is critical to the determination of their future.
“Some young people might think it is not 'cool enough' to stand in a queue to register to vote, but actually what is not 'cool' is to stand aside while other people determine your future,” said Tsvangirai.
He urged supporters and political activists not to get angry on his behalf and cause harm to each other.
“If we the principals, can sit down and share our thoughts in a respectful and mature manner, there is no reason why our supports should not do the same,” he said, referring to his meetings with President Robert Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Author Mutambara.
Tsvangirai said the year ahead is replete with challenges for Zimbabwe.
“We are facing a year with a clear potential to define our national destiny,” he said.
In 2013 Zimbabwe is looking at concluding the constitution-making process; the national referendum; holding a watershed election; and hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation conference.