“This Is Just The Beginning”
22 November 2021

By Changamire Takudzwa Mukove- The Consorted Young-People Front, which is a social convergence of young persons with a drive to advance and push for youth participation in decision making at all levels, acknowledges and appreciates the judgment of the High Court.

According to the judgement, the disqualification of a Presidential candidate from contesting in the Students Executive Council Elections, who is also a member of the Consorted Young-people Front; Modester Zinhanga, on the basis of section 9 of Respondent’s Handbook, which also affected other members of the Consorted Young-people Front; Chris Zindi, Mupezeni was declared unfair discrimination and subsequently unconstitutional.

The judgment denounced the intention of Respondents to apply section 86 of the Constitution, because stipulations or regulations of Respondents do not have the status of a law of general application.

As a representative of the Consorted Young-people Front, I want to confirm that when our Candidates were disqualified, we were ready, actually always ready, to defend the rights of our candidate.

We are fully aware of our rights, in particular fundamental rights of students. Our appreciation of these rights gives us the confidence to always be ready to vindicate them.

We feel that this is just the beginning, if need be, we will always vindicate our rights before Courts in Zimbabwe and the region because we believe that Courts have a duty to protect our interests as long same are genuine and whenever they are violated.

We cannot stand to watch anyone being victimised. What we appreciate is that decisions are made by human beings, and any such decisions cannot be immortalised, neither can we be made to worship or abide by decisions that are wrong at law.

Universities have a duty as hubs of intellectual excellence to afford everyone an equal opportunity.

It becomes mind boggling when students of other Universities who are now Doctors and Professors connive to impinge on the rights of young persons in such an age of constitutional democracy.

As the Consorted Young People Front, we believe gone are the days when authorities would easily get away with murder!

We know our rights, and we will exercise all the rights available to us as a body, and through our members.

We are willing to go to any length in order to assert our rights contained in our Constitution and all liberties afforded to us because we are human beings.

Over and above the court has set a tone for us, it has created an ambiance that we forever will be indebted to. It has given us a solid ground for entrenching academic freedom at length.

About the author- Changamire Takudzwa Mukove is a Former Secretary General of the Students Executive Council and the Substantive National Secretary General of Consorted Young People Front.