Malawi President Joyce Banda has snubbed calls from her critics stopping her from giving handouts to people arguing it promotes the spirit of dependency and laziness among the recipients.
Speaking during official launch of National Youth Service in the southern district of Neno, on Saturday President Banda said she believes that those who are pushing her to stop giving out handouts are doing so because she is a woman.
“I wonder why you do this to me. We have seen many politicians making whistle-stop tours where they dish out money at each and every stoppage. Why don’t you criticize these men as well? As I far I am concerned I will not stop assisting the poor because it is in my blood,” she says.
President Banda said she started assisting the poor when she was at very tender age therefore no one can stop her now.
She also said that her government has now started fulfilling its labour export plan saying many youths have at the moment left the country to work outside country.
“I was following closely the insults people poured on my MPs in parliament over labour export issue which many thought has foiled. I am now proud to tell you that everything has now been finalised as 59 youths have already left the country and are now working in hotels in Dubai,” she beamed.
The State President also said 200 more youths are expected to leave the country by the end of this October to work abroad.
“We have also received a call that they need 3,000 CVs from our youths and we have already sent them,” she said.
President Banda said the national youth service will help solve unemployment problem among the youths in Malawi as it will be providing employment to 18, 000 youths per year.
During the function, the President presented tailoring machines and was conducted around the centre to appreciate some of the agricultural and vocational activities the youth are doing in the district.
Neno Youth Integrated Development which is developed on the former Malawi Young Pioneer premises, is among the six earmarked youth centres in the country and has the capacity to create 200 jobs per year.
Speaking earlier Minister of Youths and Sports Enock Chihana and Minister of Industry and Trade Sosten Gwengwe appealed to the youths in Malawi to utilize the opportunity that has come with National Youth Service.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :