The Minister of Industry and Trade who is also People’s Party (PP) presidential running mate, Sosten Gwengwe, says once PP is voted into power in the forthcoming tripartite elections it will transform Malawi from being a poor country to having middle class society.
Gwengwe was speaking Tuesday at the official launch of Kabaza to Motor Cycle Initiative at Lirangwe Community Day Secondary School Ground in Blantyre.
He said the introduction of the Kabaza to Motor Cycle initiative was one way of doing this as it would empower youths in this trade to generate more money.
“They will now be making much more than they were on bicycles since now they will travel longer distances which also means a customer will pay more.
“Once the youth are empowered, they can have some money for themselves and in the long run invest in other businesses like grocery shops which will in turn create jobs,” he said.
He further said that for the first time in the history of the county’s independence, the youth are being given chance to be decision makers since once PP is elected, he will hear directly what the youth need.
“As we know the past regimes had no interest in the youth but by making me her running mate, it is a clear indication that Dr Joyce Banda has the youth’s welfare at heart,” explained Gwengwe.
On his part Chairperson for Kabaza Association, Joseph Petro welcomed the development of the motor bikes saying they would also ease the problem of ambulances in most parts of the country.
“In most villages, pregnant women depend on kabaza as transportation means to hospitals and this means they will be getting there in time,” he said.
He also added that as an association, they would make sure that the motor bikes indeed go to the right people.
Wyson Sumaili, Executive Director of Youth Movement for Development (YOMODE) said they understand that a lot of these Kabaza people are not able to ride motor bikes and that is why they identified a company to train those that are selected to be given a motor bike.
He made it clear that the bikes would be given on a revolving fund programme which they would later announce the repayment procedures, saying Kabaza traders would have to apply to the association and they will choose the beneficiaries.
“The motor bikes are part of a revolving fund scheme but later on we will give out free bicycles to youths so that they join in the trade,” he explained.
At the end of the function, Gwengwe donated 500 bags of maize to the villagers in this area.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :