Mutharika says National Service to give Malawi youth military training

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has disclosed plans by his government to establish a National Service -similar to the defunct Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) – where the youth will be given military training.

President Mutharika with leader of opposiiton Lazarous chakwera after opening parliament

President Mutharika with leader of opposiiton Lazarous chakwera after opening parliament

Mutharika said in Parliament on Tuesday that the military training will be “basic.”

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, Government is also planning to establish a National Service whereby young men and women will be enlisted to undergo basic military training,” said Mutharika during his State of the Nation Address.

But his statement was received with sceptics from critics  on the element of military training fearing government wants to run another para-military wing like MYP.

Critics say Malawi was not at war to train school leavers in military skills.

But Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila said in an interview that government is only interested to prepare young people for the future through giving them the necessary survival skills.

He explained that the National Service will also help in entrepreneurial skills in fields such as carpentry, bricklaying and computers among others.

The MYP camps were also giving such trainings.

Government argues that disadvantaged young people who might otherwise be anticipating a life of jobless will be even better served by National Service training, which could be tailored to give them occupational skills that will serve them well when their period of service ends and that youth unemployment will be cut.

In his address, President Mutharika said his government is in the process of establishing community colleges across the country, saying 28 community colleges will be established, at least one in each district.

“Let me report, Mr. Speaker, Sir, that so far, 11 community colleges are already operational. Government will develop the remaining 17 colleges, which are expected to be opened by 2016,” said Mutharika.

The President said government will further expand and modernize the existing seven national technical colleges in order to provide technical skills required in the labour market.

He said government is developing the Employment and Labour Policy which seeks to place employment at the centre of national development by vigorously pursuing employment creation in all sectors of the economy.

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Lusekelo
Guest

link it with community colleges. and muikenso iirigation Agriculture muma community colleges!

akilen
Guest

Tiwona ngati sakunama bodza

Ataraxia
Guest

U r just replicating HITLER ADOLF sir…BEWARE. Those militarized youths will cause a menace to society. U want to create a PARAMILITIA group lyk the MYP or Hitlers SA? these things do backfire…The leaders of these militiaz would want to rule the POLICE & our beloved ARMY… & this would creat tension. HITLER had to kill and disolv his SA MILITIA to prevent it from swalowing the German Army and Police. Dont create another Colombia or Mexico.

Issa Kabudula
Guest

This is very good idea – with the fast rate of crime, this boys and girls who will be disciplined enough will assist the country to gain its security and peaceful history. Go APM go, we are on you side, you r talking sense – this is the type of the leaders we are looking for now to curb the fear brought in by stupid’s few who are terrorising our country.

Chimalilo
Guest

THIS IS GOOD IDEA MAYBE YOUTH CAN NOT MORE MOVING TO SA SEEKING JOBS

Dunstan Bwanali
Guest

Zimenezi ndiye nzeru!Kamuzunso ankatero. APM, MORE FIRE!!!

Poverty
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National Youth Service does not mean Millitary Training. Go and learn from your friends in countries like Ghana. Any student from any training colleagues including Universities do National Services before getting into permanant employment. This means they are attached to various organizations including govermment departments and they do this one year without being paid a salary but the company pays them a some amount to cover for their incidentals. That is Youth Services. Do not be misled by Dausi

Xenophobia
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Munthu uyu ngati sasuta chamba kaya. Osangolemba achinyamata ambiri ku police bwanji? Kodi mukafikapo mumazimva kukoma eti?

kahovd
Guest

Y gorvment cnt use tht money to recrut mre police instead westing tht mney

CB
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wayambitsa imeneyi ndi Dausi,,,MYP inali mmanja mwake paja,,,nkhope ngati chosema ndi APM wakoyo,,alomwe anyapala

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