Youths in Mzuzu led by the Youth Consultative Forum have repaired three wooden bridges that link several townships of Mzilawaingwe, Chiputula, Chasefu and Zolozolo with the central business district as part of the commemoration for the International Youth Day.
With funding from UNFPA through the National Youth Council, the youth repaired the bridges famously known in Mzuzu as the “three bridges”.
The bridges suffered years of neglect despite the availability of the MK5 million Constituency Development Fund every fiscal year.
“Political agenda should not over shadow development. We want the communities to appreciate the fact that Youths are part and parcel of the wider community,” Youth Consultative Forum Regional Coordinator Edward Kantuseya Gama said.
The project cost was a paltry MK70,000 which is the minimum amount that the Mzuzu City Council collects every day at the Mzuzu main Market as fees.
The Youth Day falls on 12th August every year and this year’s theme is “Building a better Malawi, Partnering with the Youths”
Gama told Nyasa Times on site that in commemorating the 2012 theme YCF has planned “Call to Action Campaign” dubbed “Timvereni Campaign”.
Gama said the campaign will help to define and shape the required partnership between youths and other development stakeholders.
“The campaign will also facilitate youth led voluntary work in various communities and work places as one way of promoting meaningful youth participation in development and nation building,” he said.