Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Arrested for Demanding Fairness in Employment
Police in Bulawayo (Matabeleland, Zimbabwe) this morning rounded up and arrested members of youth pressure group for holding a demonstration against the continued neglect of locals in employment opportunities.
The members of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution were arrested along Belmont Road as they were demonstrating against a government parastatal that ‘bussed in and employed’ more than 20 youths from Mashonaland for a manual labour project happening in the City.
The pressure group organized the demonstration to put pressure on the parastatal to prioritize local youths in projects happening in Bulawayo.
Youths from Matabeleland in general have on previous occasions clashed with the police and some companies for what they call ‘tribal employment tendencies’ where a company brings people from outside Matabeleland to work in the region even though the skill is available locally.
Various leaders from the region including the Co-Minister in the Organ for National Healing and Reconciliation, today denounced the arrest and said these youths have a just cause as they are continuously seeing local empowerment opportunities being given to others on politically motivated tribal lines.
Many social commentators have for long explained that preferential access to resources and opportunities on tribal lines is the main cause for the ethnic and tribal divisions rocking Zimbabwe today.
Matabeleland is one of the richest regions of Zimbabwe with vast forms of natural resources but it continues to be one of the leading underdeveloped regions of the country.