Member of youth parliament urges politics of inclusiveness

A 21 year old member of youth parliament from Salima Central, Promise Mjima, has urged for the politics of inclusiveness in the country among all sectors especially between the elderly and the young, and has since called for support from Members of Parliament (MPs) across the country to work with them in their initiatives.

Politics of inclusiveness –Mjima. Pic by Chris Loka , Nyasa Times

 The Young Parliamentarian is a program that was established by the Malawi Parliament. They are elected through a process that is overseen by the Parliament itself with help from District Commissioners (DCs) across the country.

 Mjima said it was “unfortunate” that there was no effective “camaraderie” between those that are advanced in age and the youth in the country.

 He said the failure to have such a system was causing devastating scenarios in the districts.

 Among other things, the young parliamentarians work with the youth in their constituencies in a number of given social, economic and political programs.

 Mjima said that it was also very pertinent for the Members of Parliament in the senior assembly to share notes with them on what goes on in their constituencies.

“What is happening now is that there are heartening gaps between parliamentarians in the senior and junior assemblies,” he said.

 But Mjima expressed his relationship with the senior parliamentarian in his constituency, Felix Jumbe, as wonderful.

 He said most of the times Jumbe “delegates” some projects for his management.

 “He also takes me to development rallies with him so that I appreciate issues of development in our constituency as well as come down to earth with the realities there about,” said Mjima.

 Recently, Mjima has facilitated football and netball trophies for the youth in Salima Central Constituency which were sponsored by Jumbe.

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