Change of power-blocks and youths’ power: evidence from Zimbabwe
The study sought to establish the power dynamics in political youth from a factional view point. It explored why political youth factions fluctuate and swing in terms of strengths and how the same factions use power at their disposal. It was inspired by the continued shifts in power within ZANU PF political factions where most youth have remained the worst affected; with some taking advantage of the power to create anarchy. The qualitative desk analysis drew its data from media reports and selected scholarly publications. It was guided by the concept of democracy viewing factionalism as an ideal element of democratisation. The study established that the prevailing faction has more power and influence. It also found out that the youth’s power is rooted in the political elites who control the reigns. Therefore, most youth would want to align with factions whose leaders are financially sound and whose prospects for victory are high. However, this alignment is not permanent.