Government has been called upon to take Junior Council seriously as they are future leaders of the country, Mayor of Harare, Bernard Manyenyeni has said.
Officiating at the 65th Inauguration programme for Harare Harare Junior City Council on Friday last week, Manyenyeni said the Junior Councilors are the future leaders and movers of the nation who deserve to be taken seriously.
“Junior councilors are the future leaders of this nation, both in politics and commerce. They are also the future mothers, fathers, future game changers and future movers of this nation,” said Manyenyeni.
According to Manyenyeni, the outgoing Junior City Council did a number of activities which left a good impact on the community including educating other children on the dangers of drug abuse and reproductive health among others.
“Outgoing Junior Council was running under the theme “Making Harare Child Friendly” and conducted activities including educating other children on the dangers of drug abuse, reproductive health issues and children’s rights,
“They also helped in raising school fees for a children’s home in Epworth,” added Manyenyeni.
The councilors also secured funding to drill a borehole in Hopley in partnership with an organization called African Evangelistic Enterprises Zimbabwe (AEEZ).
Harare City Council, Acting Town Clerk, Mrs Josephine Ncube stated that 59 new Junior Councilors were elected to run 2017-18 Junior Council.
“Selection process was quite tough having to choose just 59 Junior Councilors from a pool of more than 600 students,
“Starting from this year we are reverting back to the ward based system, each Junior Councilor is going to be given a ward save for the Executive Committee,” said Ncube.
Incoming Junior Council will also be working on a project to raise one million sanitary pads for the less privileged girls in society.