Some youths in Chikhwawa have taken an unusual swipe at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which they accuse of forcing them to paint in party colours, saying enough is enough.
Speaking during an interface ‘Get up, speak out’ meeting at Ngabu on Saturday, the youths say instead, the party should provide them with loans so that they start up businesses instead of being used, misused and abused by the party.
One of the youths, Moses Giradzio said the youth should stop to be used as hand-clappers for those in power.
“Let the ruling party have good policies and programs for us, the youth, instead of using us for their political agenda. We need education, we need money for businesses so that we can employ ourselves and employ others too,” said Giradzio.
The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) runs the ‘Get up, speak out’ program to address issue affecting the youth.
A DPP ward councilor for Mikalango ward at Ngabu, Betterson Tito said the party does not force anyone, including the youths, to paint in party colours.
“Those who paint themselves in party colours do so out of their own will, they are not forced, they will never be forced. They do so to express their love for the party,” said the councilor.
The DPP youths usually paint themselves in blue colours when there is a presidential function.