The Sunday Mail
Young people should be at the centre of the country’s fight against corruption, in order to engender integrity and bring positive change into society, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) board chair, Ms Isheanesu Chirisa, has said.
In her remarks on Tuesday during the launch of the TIZ School of Integrity, which was established in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, Ms Chirisa said the active participation of young people in governance will energise the fight against graft.
“Young people, if effectively mobilised, can result in positive change in the way in which our society and its resources and institutions are for the benefit of all,” she said.
“They have demonstrated capacity to contribute to key processes such as research and speaking out against corruption on innovative platforms such as social media.”
Ms Chirisa said the school of integrity was meant to create a youth-friendly space to engage with and learn anti-corruption concepts.
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Commissioner, Mr Kuziva Murapa, commended TIZ for incorporating youths in fighting corruption.
“Engaging the school system is critical to inspiring norms for public integrity at a young age. A growing trend around the world today involves countries using the school systems to communicate to young people the roles and responsibilities to public integrity.
“As the school is launched, we are encouraged that there will be continuous interaction between ZACC and the school and other education institutions in the country so that we entrench integrity in all our people starting at the very young age,” he said.