About Us

Background & History

YARD was incepted on the 1st October 2015 as the brainchild of the Founder and current National Coordinator, Temba Peter Mliswa. This formation was brought about as a result of his experiences as a former member of the Zimbabwean ruling party, ZANU PF, which saw him rising through the ranks and culminating at Central Committee and Provincial Chairmanship level, his further exposure as a legislator in the capacities of

Member of Parliament for Hurungwe West and the Chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Education, Sports & Culture and finally as an Independent Candidate for Hurungwe West.

These experiences, in conjunction with the heinous cases of violence perpetrated upon the innocent electorate and the reprehensible police indifference to reports made that was witnessed by Temba in the run-up and during the Hurungwe West by-election of June 2015 where over 5,000 (five thousand) youth were turned away from polling stations, opened his eyes to a huge gap that he noted in relation to youth knowledge, participation and representation in the electoral process in Zimbabwe. These cases of reported violence in Hurungwe West were subsequently investigated and reported on as factual by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission ref #s: ZHRC/CI/38/15 (preliminary and final reports of the same numbers) and ZHRC/CI/33/15 (pertaining to the invasion of Temba’s Spring Farm in Karoi). This dismal lack of youth participation and representation is despite the fact that the youth comprise up to 60 (sixty) % of the total population and therefore their future is heavily dependent and affected by the outcome of elections and subsequent decisions made. This, in summary, is what prompted Temba to establish YARD.

Youth should be given the chance to take an active part in the decision-making at local, national and global levels.” – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

This statement is the foundation that Y.A.R.D. is premised on. Y.A.R.D. is an apolitical, non-profit organisation targeted at the mobilisation of Youth in advocating for electoral reforms and their active participation and representation in the economic and political landscape of Zimbabwe. The following are some of YARD’s specific objectives:

1. To promote the active participation of Youths in Nation building by engaging and educating the youth on the importance of voter registration and participation during elections through the implementation and facilitation of strategic, on-going nationwide voter education programmes.
2. To lobby and advocate for the legislated, proportional participation of youth in local and national elective offices thereby promoting youth representation in local and national policy formulation and decision making.
3. To actively promote the observance of human rights, democracy and the security of persons in Zimbabwe.
4. To capacitate current and potential Youth leaders with leadership, grooming, etiquette and diplomatic skills.
5. To commence a process of communal healing and tolerance through fostering group based, social integration processes such as sports.
6. To develop innovative educational opportunities to support improving the Youth experience in the economic and political landscape in Zimbabwe and to ensure affordable education for all Youths.
7. To prepare for the repatriation of youths, skilled and unskilled and ensure that a national re-orientation plan is in place.
8. To prepare for the re-orientation of youths from the informal to the formal employment sectors.

YARD is a wide networked organisation with a national and international footprint, having set up structures in all the ten (10) provinces of Zimbabwe from National, Provincial, District, Constituency, right through to Ward levels and internationally by establishing executive committees in the Diaspora through its Committee Member for External Affairs. Each executive committee comprises of twelve (12) portfolios and YARD has a current youth membership running into the tens of thousands which is growing daily at a phenomenal rate.

“No-one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts

To create a tolerant, sustainable and enabling environment where all Zimbabwean youths from diverse backgrounds may have the opportunity to actively participate in the electoral and decision making processes by facilitating and imparting educational, capacity building and leadership development initiatives and lobbying and advocating for proportional representation in elective local, national and international office.

To create a platform for the youth to galvanise their influence in policy formulation in order to ameliorate the social, political and economic plight of youth. This is to be achieved through the pursuance of YARD’s objectives and evaluated every five year electoral cycle.

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