Aboard the papal plane, 18 July, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe has encouraged the youth in the Southern African nation to take part in the country’s “policy making processes,” noting that their reluctance in participating in governance matters has compromised their future endeavors.
“I call upon fellow young adults to participate in the policy making processes so that they represent themselves and their needs,” the Vicar General of Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Mutare, Fr. Phillip Kembo, says in a Tuesday, July 13 reflection.
In his reflection published by the Catholic Church News Zimbabwe, Fr. Kembo notes that the youth do not have confidence to take up public leadership and to represent their interests, a situation that partly explains their suffering amid COVID-19 pandemic.
“The political environment has played a pivotal role in defining where we are today and where we shall be tomorrow,” the Catholic Priest says, adding, “The failure to participate in what affects us as young people, has led us to where we are today.”
He continues, “Life is not the same for the youth and young adult as their door to a better life remains shut as a result of many challenges compounded by unemployment and the deadly COVID-19.”