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Politicians Told to Empower Youths not Introducing Sports Trophies

Kachamba Kachamba - pic by Luka Beston

A youth advocate and a renowned entrepreneur have challenged the 2025 aspiring politicians and the government to device programs that will empower youths economically rather than introducing sports trophies.

Russell Msiska, who is the advocate and youth trainer has taken a swipe at the politicians who are launching bonanzas in the communities ahead of the campaign period, saying young people need soft loans to be financially stable.

"Currently the country has a lot of educated youths who are lacking financial opportunities. Please if you love us, you must meet our needs, support us with soft loans to be financially stable. it does not make sense to be engaged in sports while you are hungry. This time around, we don't want that," he said.

On his part, entrepreneur and Project Innovation Center (PIC), chief executive officer, Kondwani Kachamba Ngwira agreed that for a long time the country's mentality has been that youths are into sports and not production.

"As a nation, we have not done the right thing, all along we have been defining youth development as sports and entertainment. But what kind of programs have put in forward for youth development, are we preparing for worthy creation?" He asked.

This comes as shadow political aspirants are back launching sports trophies in the communities ahead of the 2025 campaign mood.

It has become a norm that as the country approaches campaign period, political aspirants launch bonanzas, arguing this is to keep the youths away from bad behaviors.

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