The activity was conducted in one of the sub-districts under Ward 34 called Chinota in Mutare Rural District on 17 May 2018. 57 males and 46 females attended the event. YDZ invited the Mutare Rural District Head for Ministry of Youth and Pastor Rore from Evangelical Fellowship to come and grace the event. Pastor Rore is a local Pastor who is heading a campaign called Pray Register and Vote. So YDZ went into a partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe so as to increase the coverage and impact of our work. The Voter Education Outreach started at 9.00 am and ended at 3.00 in the afternoon. The main aim of this activity was to encourage people to register to vote. YDZ also encouraged people to go and exercise their democratic right through voting for a leader of their choice during the 30 July 2018 harmonised election. YDZ encourage people to go and register to vote as this is being done on a rolling basis. More information was given to the community on the myths and misconceptions about the exercise in the community. Some rural folks believed it was not confidential and thought the photos they were taken during registration was to match their face with the vote. This was also dispelled as baseless and unfounded. Pastor Rore of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe in his presentation told the participants that they have to make use of the elections and elect someone they trust, someone who they know that he/she is committed to serving and developing the community. Participants were encouraged to actively take part in the process as election monitors so that they add to the voice of ensuring that the elections are free and fair. Pastor Rore encouraged rural youths to live peacefully despite their political differences during the election period. He warned against political violence and emphasised that culprits will face the wrath of the law. He further stresses that youths should select a candidate that would serve them.
“Elect a candidate showing qualities of a steward, a servant and a shepherd leader willing to safeguard the interest of the community.”Pastor Rore said.
Mr Mwakipesile also told people to make use of the new dispensation and vote for leaders of their choices without fear. Such words coming from a government official shows the baby steps the country is moving towards democracy.
The event was held from the 7th April up to the 11th of April 2017 in Bindura. YDZ coordinated the event with the assistance of 20 youth peer educators who assisted the young people living with disabilities to move from one place to another since there was a large crowd. They distributed the programme to the paralympians and also maintained order. In the evenings, from 5pm to 8pm, YDZ screened short films to the young people living with disabilities. The screened films contained educational information on SRHR, HIV/AIDS, voluntary counselling and testing, child abuse, young people relationships and health, youth people and life choices and young people and careers. There were 5 specialist educationists to educate the Paralympians on sexual reproductive health & rights, HIV/AIDS-related issues and questions asked by the participants. After screening the film, the participants were put into groups and a quiz session was facilitated by YDZ staff. The 5 specialists were the judges who awarded scores to the teams. Winning participants were given T-Shirts.
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe is part of Global Movement for Peace under the banner of Masterpeace. Masterpeace Zimbabwe’s main objective is to promote peace among communities that it works in around the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe.
Masterpeace Zimbabwe (Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe) believes that real national social, political and economic development is only possible in a perpetual environment of peace and tranquility. This is achieved through bridging all the lines that separate people between tribes, races, communities, political parties and wealth classes. War and instability is counter productivity it brings suffering and the main victims of this suffering are children, women and the poor people in general.
Masterpeace Zimbabwe believes that through an array of activities like sports, drama, music, wall painting it is possible to bring a World Order that respects the sanctity of peace in our communities.