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Chinhoyi Junior Councillors Urged To Safeguard Children's Rights


BY JAMES MUONWA

RECENTLY-inaugurated Chinhoyi Municipality junior councillors have been called upon to push for the promotion and protection of children's rights, particularly those relating to social services.

Speaking during the inauguration of the junior council this week, Chinhoyi mayor, Garikai Dendera said the child councillors should advocate for the advancement and protection of rights of minors.

Dendera said: "Junior council is the platform that provides the young people with a means by which they make known their feelings and concerns, and should stimulate desire among the young citizens to participate in local governance.

"I encourage you to advocate for the realisation, advancement and protection of these children's rights."

The mayor said this was an opportune time for junior councillors to display genuine commitment to represent other children's concerns to senior councillors.

"The right of a child to safe drinking water, the right to a safe environment and neighbourhood, the right to education through building schools that are close to your homes, the right to health facilities in your council should be your clarion call," said Dendera.

Junior council, the MDC Alliance councillor added, must advocate for child-sensitive budgeting in the ongoing 2022 budget consultations.

Dendera also reiterated the junior councillors must lobby against any form of child abuse, and be ambassadors of the crusade against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Junior Mayor, Willard Mususa pledged to champion the cause of children and young adults to access social services, and curb the high prevalence of drug abuse and child marriages.

A special slot was reserved for Junior Councillor Lucia Phiri, who will represent people living with disabilities (PLWDs).

Child participation in civic matters dates back to the 1950s with the first junior council in Zimbabwe taking office in 1953.

The aim is to give young adults a unique opportunity to experience local governance issues and to represent children's concerns to local authorities.

Hereunder is the list of Chinhoyi junior councillors, who on Wednesday 20 October 2021, took oath of loyalty and office; 

1. Junior Mayor, Willard Mususa, Chinhoyi High School. (See picture below)

2. Deputy Junior Mayor, Ernest Dzimati, Chinhoyi High School.

3. Nicole Shekede (F3) Chinhoyi High School (Town Clerk)

4. Nicollete Mabonga (F3) Chamber Secretary

5. Ruvimbo Rwodzi (Ward 8) (Treasurer)

6. Angeline Chimwanda (Engineer)

7. Tanatswa Kamungoma (Ward 13) Health director

8. Thelma Mutali (Housing director) Alaska High School

9. Tadiwanashe Mukwenha 

10. Knowledge Gasura (F3) Nemakonde High School (Health & Housing Committee 

chairperson)

11. Melinda Mangwende (F3) Chinhoyi 2 High School (Human Resources 

Committee chairperson)

*12. Faith Matava (F5) Nemakonde High School

*13. Khumbulani Bahela (F3) of King Solomon (Ward 4)

*(Gender Desk)

14. Caroline Nyamunda

15. Anele Sibanda 

16. Lucia Phiri (Ward 6) Chinhoyi High, People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs)

This year's inauguration ceremony was held under the theme; "Peace and Participation, Young People's Commitment To Vision 2030."



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