Orange movement rips Mutharika on African Youth Day

Orange Movemnet an umbrella organisatuion for three youth arms of  the People’s Party say it is  concerned with how the youth of Malawi are failing to participate fully to  the development of this nation due to lack  of political will on the side of the government of Bingu wa Mutharika  to uplift the lives of the youth.

The Ornage Movement boss, Joseph Chikwemba made the statement on African Youth Day which falls on November 1 every year.

Traditionally African youth around the continent celebrate the Youth Day in accordance with the African Union decision to encourage innovation and creativity among young people, and to strengthen youth participation in economic, social, and political development of their countries.

Chikwemba: Youth need better lives

“The youth of this country are deprived of their birth-rights, to exercise their enjoyment of their economic, social, and political of freedom,” saidChikwemba in the statemet.

“For instance, we have witnessed how the youth of this country are denied their right to education, freedom of expression and media freedom.”

He said the the evidence of his allegations are in the long-time closure of Chancellor College, the main constituent college of the University of Malawi over academic freedom impasses.

He also said other issues were late monthly salary and hardship allowances of primary and secondary teachers, which as a result the youth are suffering academically.

Orange Movement said almost 21 youth killed during the 20 July national demonstration were youth and  the brutal murder of pro-democrcay university student Robert Chasowa.

The statement also noted of the on-going death threats that the many youth are receiving each and everyday, more especially from the media sector.

“We the Orange Movement feel as a nation we have lost our way and we are slowly returning to one party system of government, perhaps the current government is misinterpreting the silence of the majority thinking people’s dissatisfaction has disappeared, this why it seems to forget the principle of popular sovereignty, which means that the people are the ultimate source of any power given to the government,” reads the statement.

“We feel this poses a big threat to the future of this nation and we calling upon the authorities to make sure that they create a youth friendly environment, where the youth are free to exercise their freedom without any iltimidations.”

Orange Movement called on the government  to  recommit itself in uplifting the living standard of the youth “who are serving this nation with diligence in the different departments more especially in the Malawi Defense Force and Malawi Police Service so that they should continue  serving this nation with pride and dedication.”

PP’s Orange Movemnet is made up of Young Patriots,  Orange Partners and Orange Intellectuals.

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