Acting Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Man Power Development Joseph Mwandidya has has called on Malawian youths to believe in and work for unity on Malawi in order to transform the nation and make it great.
The call was made at a two day National Youth Peace Forum held at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde between 25th and 26th July 2017.
In his remarks, Mwandidya said government is in search of common grounds for peace building and collaborative conflict management.
According to the Acting P.S, Malawian youths need to reposition themselves in the society, desist from violence and always have focus.
“The biggest problem we are doing is that we are focusing our mirror on me, myself and I that is why we are not able to progress. Let us focus our mirror on others and that’s the only way we can progress,” said Mwandidya.
He added: “Malawi is our country and lets love it unless somebody tells us we are in transit then lets go out there and destroy our
country. Lets love our country for our own prosperity”.
He also advised the youths to avoid being used by politicians and to forget their party affiliations when it comes to developmental
“We should forget about the political parties we belong to because we are all Malawians. As youths, let us show today’s old politicians that we can do it. We need to show each other the way of moving this country forward because there is life after politics,” he said.
One of the participants at the meeting Wazamazama Katatu who is also President for Mzuzu University students admitted that ‘roles for the youths in the country have been miserably misplaced.
“We need to see a reverse of some of the issues including how we handle things including prior to, during and after elections. I dont
think we should come relevant when approaching elections” said Katatu.
He therefore called upon fellow youths to start a strong movement of defining themselves to avoid creating a political landscape that has been dominated by ‘Political vouchers’.
One of the Youth Rights Activist Leon Matanda who is also a member of the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Taskforce on youths embrace their opponents.
The workshop which brought together representatives from all four youth regional committees in the country was organized with funding from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP.
The theme for the conference was ‘Youth as Centrality for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation.
Youths in Malawi constitutes atleast 70 percent of Malawi population which has a 23 percent unemployment rate compared to national unemployment rate of 21 percent.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :