This morning, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) conducted a radio program on Skyz Metro FM with three youthful independent candidates who are running in the 2018 elections. The participants who participated during the radio program were Natasha Karimakwenda, a Women Empowered for Public Leadership Project (WE4PL) mentee now standing as Bulawayo Ward 5 Councilor, Nigel Ndlovu and Nhlanhla Moyo who are running as MPs for Magwegwe and Bulawayo Central Constituency, respectively. The candidates exhibited wide knowledge of the responsibilities for the offices that they are contesting for. They highlighted the importance of accountable leadership. They stated that their interest to run emanated from their passion to develop Bulawayo Metropolitan Province. They highlighted how previous leadership failed to address the needs of the youths, therefore leaving them with a responsibility of standing in as candidates. As a way to curb drug abuse, Nigel Ndlovu proposed to introduce recreational hubs that are currently not available in the community. He stressed the need to pioneer Information Technology hubs which he felt are being downplayed by the current leadership. Natasha Karimakwenda highlighted how she intends to improve community sportsmanship through facilitating the construction of sporting facilities for the youths. Karimakwenda’s other priority is to ensure that there is improved street lighting in Ward 5.
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