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MUTARE: Empowerment minister, Patrick Zhuwao, has said local authorities across the country should cede at least one beer hall to his ministry to be converted into vocational training centres for youths.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Mutare Vocational training Centre in Sakubva recently, Zhuwao told youths that he was going to approach all local authorities with a proposal to hand over at least of their beer halls for his ministry projects.
“I would like to thank city of Mutare for giving us these premises to open a vocational training centre,” he said.
“I am going to appeal to all local authorities to give my ministry at least one bar which will be converted into a vocational training centre.
“Most local authorities have infrastructure of this nurture but they have failed to run them; so we want to take over them as a ministry and use them to empower youths.”
Turning to the funding for projects, Zhuwao said youths who benefited from previous empowerment schemes should pay back their loans.
“Those who did not return the money are as good as people who roast the seed and eat.
“Some of you are driving Alteezas and you have expensive phones which means you benefited and you should be able to pay back,” said Zhuwao.
The Old Mutual Kurera-Ukondla US$10 million Youth Empowerment fund was reportedly abused with Zanu PF youths failing to pay back the money.
Some provinces such as Matebeleland and Manicaland did not benefit much from the facility. source-newzimbabwe