Malawi to launch National Youth Service, Minister tells House: ‘Basic military training to be offered’

Malawi  government will soon launch the  National Youth Service program aimed at curbing unemployment among the youth and  see their  social and economic potential being exploited, Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has told parliament.

Mussa : National Youth Service soon to be launched

Mussa : National Youth Service soon to be launched

Mussa  disclosed this when he was answering to a question from member for Mchinji North East (MCP), Alex Chitete who asked the ministry to re-introduce a youth week.

Chitete said the youth week was important for development as the youth were contributing to the development of the county.

“ We could tell that our youth were productive citizens of the county,” said Chitete.

In his response, Mussa said  Youth week was “ a very good initiative”, saying he was among the youth that were actively involved in the Youth Week.

However, Mussa said government shall be introducing the National Youth Service Programme.

“ In there are activities that will definitely will cut a cross some of the work or contribution to the social and economic activities of our youth that shall stem out of this National Youth Service,” said Mussa.

Last year, President Peter Mutharika  to parliament that a National Service  will offer the youth military training.

He said the military training will be “basic.”

But his statement was received with sceptics from critics  on the element of military training fearing government wants to run another para-military wing like MYP.

Critics say Malawi was not at war to train school leavers in military skills.

But Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila said in an interview that government is only interested to prepare young people for the future through giving them the necessary survival skills.

He explained that the National Service will also help in entrepreneurial skills in fields such as carpentry, bricklaying and computers among others.

The MYP camps were also giving such trainings.

But his statement was received with sceptics from critics  on the element of military training fearing government wants to run another para-military wing like MYP.

Critics say Malawi was not at war to train school leavers in military skills.

But Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila said in an interview that government is only interested to prepare young people for the future through giving them the necessary survival skills.

He explained that the National Service will also help in entrepreneurial skills in fields such as carpentry, bricklaying and computers among others.

The MYP camps were also giving such trainings.

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27 thoughts on “Malawi to launch National Youth Service, Minister tells House: ‘Basic military training to be offered’”

  1. sahimu wanda says:

    Ok

  2. Ziko Malinda says:

    A very dangerous move as a military trained youth who can’t find employment will resort to organized crime like armed robbery, cash heist, utilizing his ability to overpower police and security. However it is good as it provides free human resource to government departments that need it like health, construction, education department.

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    Bravo Aubrey Thulani!! You are indeed,a partriot.In Africa,national political leaders,FEAR and respect the military officers but in Malawi, it is vice versa the Military High Command fears and respect the leaders.hence the establishments of corrupt and despotic regimes.

  4. Chambe says:

    Did the Minister really answer the question from the MP ? Youth Week was a week through which the Youth mobilized themselves and with supervision, they did development work for free. This question recieved an answer of indulging the Youth to pursue military training.

  5. Mlangeni says:

    Inde inde tiphumzitseni zimenezo tikamapita kujo tizikaziteteza, military yomweo basi

  6. tombolombo says:

    agalu amenewa atha kudzabweretsanso youth week eti?nanga nyakula?

  7. Nyani wa M'Mwananyani says:

    One wonders if Minister Mussa erred in his choice of worlds, about military training, and Kasaila on survival skills. If they really reflect this government’s intentions, we Malawians have to say NO!
    We’ve been there before. As those of us who witnessed how the MYP, as the personal everything force for Kamuzu, abused everyone who was not part of his coterie. Tonse timangonjenjemela (People would almost pee themselves when approached by those MYP thugs!) They thought Kamuzu and his MCP owned the country and the people: only to run with tail between the legs when confronted by the real Arm Forces men and women.
    No MYP! In any reincarnation.

  8. Winston Msowoya says:

    History repeats itself,The former dreaded MYP was formed to contribute economic endeavours for the nation but,few years later was turned into a brutal and vicious armed rogues with unprecedented and unlimited powers which made them wholly obove the law.To cut long story short,MYP was a personal wild organization directed by Banda himself.At time MYP was adequately armed more so than Police force and the Military Armed Forces.Malawians,we have been there before,we must not take Muthalika’s dubious plans lightly,he is on his way to turn Malawi a POLICE STATE and single-handedly control the organs of the government for self interests and those of his lackeys.Afterall,is NYS a priority?We have in the country a drastic shortage of food never seen in the history of our Nation,we have a devastated economy triggering astronomically high unemployment in Southern Africa,the absurdly fall of the MK contributing to uncontrollable and brutal inflation never seen also,in our Nation,corruption at its zenith more than the former 4 administrations.Mr.Mathanyula,if the government has funds to spend on this treacherous move,please spend these funds for buying enough food for our people,build strong economy to create durable jobs for our young men and women.Peter,forget about this Janjaweeds who will never help in building our country to become a decent and attractive WARM HEART OF AFRICA from the present day COLD HEART OF AFRCA.Good luck Mathanyula!!!

  9. peter says:

    No to basic military training but yes to development of entrepreneurial skills!

  10. Aubrey Thulama says:

    Please cut out the crap on basic military training.DPP just want to introduce an armed wing like Malawi Young Pioneer by back door.Please, Malawi Army High Command do not allow this stupidity to prevail.We will end up creating a nation of armed robbers and criminals.How would you trust a clueless DPP regime that is falling to employ teachers and nursies to run this program successfully.They are already abusing National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) by involving them into partisan politics.Police is involved in armed robbery. If they have bribed stupid General Ignitious Maulana please MDF officers rise stand up to protect us from the clutches of this dirty D P P regime.

  11. Clifford Ntawanga says:

    Big up 2 govt. They should b serious abt dis & don’t take we yut 4 granted

  12. Nkalapwaga says:

    Thats a good idea however give the youth full military training. After ten years totally abolish the MDF.A standing army is very expensive to Malawi just recall those youths in case of emergency some countries in Europe are already doing this.

  13. Okonkwo says:

    There is a very thin line between ‘survival’ skills and ‘burglary’ skills once one has been given basic military training – kumaganiza amangwetu. No problem with giving them the necessary hand-work or agricultural skills, but military NO. That’s for the Army

  14. chuma says:

    THIS GOVT WANTS TO BRING BACK PAYINIYA. HEHEDEEEE!

    MUNDIFUNSIRE A CHAIR IWOWO NGATI PRESIDENT WOPUMA AKUTI BWANJI? ATUPELE WALOLERA ZIMENEZO?

  15. Jahan says:

    What survival skills now? We do not need a pioneer! We need actual job not some meager life skills! DPP already has MYP anyway, what about those thugs that they send to silent critics! All they need now is to make that official!

  16. Mutu wa Galu Saochela says:

    The idea is quite good, however; caution must be taken to avoid the anarchy that the then youth made during the Kamuzu Banda leadership.
    Bakili Muluzi though trained as an MYP and rose to high ranking then, his analysis of the movement was so much to be desired when he ascended to a democratic elected President. He showed his stupidity that he never understood the ideals of MYP. In his stupid “Bwezani operation” and the closing of MYP bases, he brought the economy and youth development backwards and lead Malawi into poverty and hunger that is existing till now 21 years after achieving democracy. If he felt threatened by Dindano guys and the Military wing, why didn’t he just disband that section only and leave all the economic gearing operations continue operating?
    Shame on him till he departs to heaven.

    I encourage that the new Youth movement become real but put aside the military side concentrate on the economic movers only. Though I know that the military training instilled discipline but sometime it can be misused by greedy leadership and can cause instability to the ruling government.

  17. DRC says:

    minister ameneyu bwanji sasamala muthu wake , makamaka kukamwa kwake ?
    Nanga tikati titsudzumile kumusi kwa bwanawa , tidzapedza kuti kuli ngati kudambwe.Isaaa

  18. Chongoni lover says:

    Mmm, i smell a rat here

  19. hokoyo says:

    Youth training programmes, yes. But no military training. We do not want another military training. It has to be purely entrepreneurial skills. No Military training

  20. Bushiri major says:

    Do u knw wht military basic training means? Our soldiers got drilled in all angles of war preparation as well as peace keeping in six months, but they stil call it basic training. So do u want the youth to undergo in the same way or wht basics are u reffering to. U started with the police officers by getting a full combat training with the MDF, nw its the youth! Ok let’s wait and see.

  21. MERCEDES says:

    WHY YOU WANT THE YOUTH TO GO FOR MILITARY TRAINING YOU WANT TO START A WAR IN MALAWI YOU MUST JUST GIVE THEM FARMS TO WORK NOT MILITARY TRAINING THATS VERY BAD IDEA

  22. ineyo says:

    Kasaila says training the youth fir their future survival? Nyasa would u please ask him to shed more light on this. What does he mean?

    Don’t be stupid in the eyes of the general public. Jappie Mhango is one of the most foolish ministers pitala has ever hired but Kasaila also qualifies to to be among them. Most stupid. MYP again? no! not again.

    I hate anyone who says youths being prepared for the future who should be in control now? Failures who went out and returned after getting rid of one part system of government.

    Your school Mr Kasaila is not helping matters.

  23. Tengupenya says:

    Ages 8 to 18 should be spent on mandatory basic education (up to secondary education). Thereafter, the seven years between ages 18 and 25 are important developmental years. Yet most of our youth people in this age bracket are loafing and developing bad habits in the process. This age bracket need a mandatory private funded academic or vocational skills training and a mop-up state funded programme for those who cannot secure private funding. The academic or vocational skills training should lead into a mandatory 1 year military service or 2 year community service. So by the time the youth are 25 years, they will have skills as well as completed the military/community service.

  24. 2016 welcome says:

    Koma abale mukuganiza bwanji kodi? I mean do we really basic military training for the youth and for what? So the whole can sit to agree on this? All what you are concerned about is to create a DPP military wing to intimidate political opponents? Of all the burning issues the country is grappling with and someone . …… Fuck you! Mutharika and your DPP apologists!

  25. mjiba says:

    With some neighboring country sniffing around our Lake. Military training should be necessary for all Malawian men aged 21 and above. Defend your Lake osangodziwa ulesi ndi kukhuta mowa.

  26. Lottie says:

    If the idea hinges on skills development, that is fine. The implementation must be well thought out to avoid the violence perpetuated by the Youth during the MCP_Kamuzu era.

  27. Green Grass says:

    National Youth Service as a means to reduce unemployment? This Government has within 2 years completely run out of ideas.

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