Zimbabwe is having harmonised elections on the 30th of July 2018. In this election, young people constitute sixty percent (18-40 years, according to ZEC) of the electorate. The young people are known as the instruments for political violence, from the previous elections. It is a sad reality that different political parties use young people to drive their political interest, but do they then address the issues of young people when they get to power, or at least promise a future for these young people?
Over the years Zimbabwe’s elections have been known for their violence, with most young people being the major players. The violent acts included burning of houses of people who supported different political party, chopping of hands which they said were used to vote for the wrong political party, beating of people and not forgetting to mention sexual violence. A lot of women were sexually abused over the years in the name of politics. Sexual abuse involved rape, man forcing themselves on women because they had a different political view or they are ‘political cadres on duty’. Women especially young women were victims of political violence over the years.