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Three youth camps closed

Shakeman Mugari

GOVERNMENT has shut down three of the country’s six national youth training camps due to acute food shortages, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.

erdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The three camps, Kamativi in Matabeleland North, Vumba in Manicaland and Mushagashi in Masvingo, closed last month due to poor food supplies.

The Independent was told this week that the camps were closed because government had run out of money for food, uniforms and other basics.

Government is also unable to pay the support staff employed at the camps.

The camps reportedly gobble millions of dollars in the upkeep of recruits and salaries for the trainers.

Kamativi is one of the country’s biggest camps set up to drill the youths in various martial skills and Zanu PF ideology.

Youth director in the Ministry of Youth Development, Itai Muguza, confirmed on Wednesday the closure of the three camps but denied that this had anything to do with food shortages.

“Those are allegations made by jealous people who don’t want to see us succeed,” said Muguza.

“Those camps were closed for renovations, otherwise there was enough food. There was no shortage,” he said.

The Independent however under-stands the closures followed a damning report by the Parliamentary Portfolio Commit-tee on Youth and Gender and Employment Creation produced after a tour of the camps.

The committee slammed the living conditions and poor sanitary facilities at the camps.

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