Minister challenges CSOs to invest in Malawi youth ‘rather than using them in time of demo’

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila has challenged the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country to engage in activities that would help develop the youths in the country, rather than only using the youth in times of demonstrations.

Kasaila (left) and Dausi brief the media Friday

He made the remarks Friday in Lilongwe while addressing journalists in relation to the planned April 27  demonstrations by the CSOs.

Kasaila said it was unfortunate to note that the civil society is not doing enough in the area of interventions in times of disasters like floods, the recent fire accident at Mangochi district hospital and youth empowerment, saying the youth are only mostly thought of when it comes to demonstrations.

“If they have a lot of money, they should consider identifying and help the many youth who are failing to pay their school fees, or form youth groups and lend them money to start businesses, or teach the youth various skills to develop their lives and see how this country can develop.

“But they are spending money on placards and organizing demonstrations. If the CSOs have ideas, let them bring those ideas on the table. But leading the youth into demonstrations is abusing the youth,” he said.

The Minister said Malawi being a democratic country; people are allowed to hold peaceful demonstrations but called upon the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and CSOs to condemn some clips that are insinuating for violent demonstrations.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi said government is already addressing issues the CSOs wants to take to the streets for.

He said the country is currently has a huge number of higher learning institutions and government is doing everything possible for equal access to education for all.

On economy, Dausi said Malawi should be proud as the International Monitory Fund (IMF) and the World Bank approved the Extended Credit Facility after being withdrawn in 2014 because of Cash gate, adding that the Kwacha and the exchange rate are stable and the economy is rebounding.

He said government has managed to significantly drop the length of power outages from 36 hours to 4 to 6 hours only, and that work is underway to completely rid the situation.

Dausi pointed out that government has high on its agenda the fight on corruption.

“To say that this government is doing nothing is nothing is not only wrong but illogical wrong and erroneous. But holding demonstrations is an unalienable right. However, government is requesting those organizing, the civil society to refrain any kind of violent behaviors,” the Minister retorted.

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I agree with Honourable Kasaila that CSOs should indeed invest in the youth instead of using them for demonstrations and rioting. In fact CSOs should focus youth voter and civic education especially for the uneducated and rural youth, so that they can vote wisely, with their eyes wide open. We all know that demos won’t work especially with an arrogant DPP (which I believe has no functional ears). However, I totally disagree with Dausi sentiments that DPP had brought development to Malawi. Anyone can spend MK1,2 trillion. However, it takes a genius to spend each and every Kwacha (it gets… Read more »

Chisoni
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Chisoni

Ma minister apamalawi kasaila angakhale ndina… ? Mbwererera zili iyeyozo.. what fo youyo mean investing in youth and yet you failed to help young stranded the one’s in Malaysia…

We are being foiled the government alibe lupanga and gondwe akuti we are babies.

Kusaila sakwana kukhala nduna munthu woti can not deliver. Malawi nde yatha yatha…

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Silly cows, what are you doing with the youths yourself? painting them blue? what have the youth got to do with Mangochi. fire and floods? There are so many CSO who work with the youth.

Dodolido
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Dodolido

Stupid Minister. I thought he is a Poly graduate. Do CSOs manage our taxes?

Kalipo
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Kalipo

Look who is talking?. How about investing in the youth other than using them in party sponsored violence and painting them during political rallies. Kodi munakhala ngati mukulankhula ndi ana akhanda bwanji. Pathetic

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Kasaila needs to be reminded that there’s ABSOLUTELY NOTHING this DPP government can equally show for as a youth empowerment product/ output since it came into power 4 years ago.
Of course there are claims of community colleges, BUT can anyone please send on this forum a list of students graduated from such institutions? Are they employable materials? Any former student involved in any meaningful entrepreneurship?
Of course the ONLY VISIBLE DPP empowered youths product in Malawi are DPP CADET THIUGS TERRORISING us.
SHAME on MBAVA THUGS!!!

James
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James

Very useless Ministers. Why are you call PAC and CSOs to condemn a clip. Have you ever condemned your barking dogs -MBC and MACRA? Which is better using youth in peaceful demonstrations and using them for political violence? Stupid Kasaila, we known you organized youths to cause a lot of trouble during by-elections in the Lower Shire. The same DPP youth caused death in Rumphi at Paramount Chikulamayembe don’t forget. And you want CSOs to empower the youth while you are busy stealing government funds which would have been used for youth development. Don’t think you are clever people are… Read more »

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Mbava izi zati zitinamize apa, Callista give us a signal to spot the big fish in this government.

NGWAZI
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NGWAZI

YOUTHS NEED THE FOLLOWING EMPLOYMENT ELECTRICITY BETTER EDUCATION IN YOUR DAYS DAUSI AND YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU FINISHED XOOL /COLLEGE’S STRAIGHT YOU WERE GIVEN JOB WHY IS THAT NOT HAPPENING NOW IF I MAY ASK YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ?? ANSWER #YOU ARE BUSY ENRICHING YOURSELVES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE YOUTHS /LESS PRIVILEGED NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE YOUTHS TO WAKE-UP AND SHOW THEIR ANGER THATS WHY WE NEED YOUNG INTELLIGENT VIBRANT LEADERS OF THEIR GENERATION BUSHIRI IS THE ANSWER !!

santana
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santana

Minister Kasaila should know that it is not the CSOs who are to blame. It is the youth themselves because they know that if they participate in the demos nothing fruitful will be achieved at the end. The youths know pretty well that at the end of the demos no minister will resign and the President will not succumb to their demand. The youths know that they are being used for political gains. These youths belong to parties so if their parties are calling them for demos why shouldn’t they go? It is the results of the action which matters… Read more »

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