Malawi's young politicians demand 2014 manifestos

Young Politicians Union (YPU), a loose coalition of youths belonging to different political parties in Malawi, has asked political parties in Malawi to release their 2014 manifestos earlier so that people should understand them.

The Union also called upon parties to hold conventions so that members have a chance to elect leaders of their choice.

YPU National Director Clement Makuwa made the appeal during a press conference held at Chenda Hotel in Mzuzu.

Makuwa said the tendency of endorsing or appointing people into party leadership has negatively affected the effectiveness and ownership of political parties.

“It is also the Union’s wish to see political parties in Malawi getting prepared for the 2014 general elections and we would like to see parties embracing youths in leadership positions,” he said.

On the ascension of Her Excellency President Joyce Banda to the highest office in Malawi, the Union said it is a source of inspiration to women and girls in the country.

“It is our hope that President Banda will take the gender campaign as a priority,” Makuwa said.

The Union also asked all Political parties represented in Parliament to push for a National Youth Policy.

Makuwa said currently Malawi does not have a Youth Policy.

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