Youth Decide Campaign Advises Govt. to Make Use of National Youth Manifesto

A consortium of youth organizations, Youth Decide Campaign has advised government to consider consulting the National Youth Manifesto if it is to be on track with implementation of youth related agendas.

The initiative is championed by a number of youth NGO’s among them Youth and Society as well as the Young Politicians Union. 

The grouping feels in the first 100 days of the Tonse administration led by President Lazarus Chakwera, government has failed to show its clear agenda on how it intends to achieve some of its plans towards improving the welfare of youths in the country.

Addressing journalists in Mzuzu over the weekend, one of the leaders Vincent Kumwenda said although some of the things in the youth manifesto have been implemented, President Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse government can do better.

“Some of the milestones so far is that at least in the 100 days of leadership the Tonse government has increased accessibility and openness of government to the people, reduced abuse of youths for political patronage, initiation of reforms at MEDEF now NEEF and also the appointment of professionals in parastatal boards,” said Kumwenda.  

However, the youths have established that during the 100 days government has shown that is does not have a clear agenda on youths, wondering if the manifesto government is implementing is that of Malawi Congress Party or Tonse Alliance. 

“For instance, there is no clear or any solid plan on the promised 1 million jobs. We have also noticed violent exclusion of youths in public appointments. One wonders how the president can appoint Lucius Banda as a youth advisor when he is in his 50’s. What is the definition of a youth?” wondered Kumwenda.

Although president Chakwera in his address after attaining 100 days said despite challenges his government is facing has been able to achieve a lot, several analysts have given different opinions of Chakwera’s performance.



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