The newly-registered People’s Party (PP) says its young members shall not be used to terrorize political opponents but shall be encouraged to take up developmental responsibilities for the good of Malawi.
Speaking at a news conference at state vice president Joyce Banda’s official Mudi Residence in Blantyre on Sunday, PP national youth director, Lawrence Mpofu said they had systematically categorized the youth in terms of their status and that each category had been given specific roles to play in as far as the growth of the party is concerned.
“We have youths in the colleges and universities; youth who are vendors; and young politicians. We’re working with all these youths to enhance national cohesion and unity,” said Mpofu.
“We wish to invite all youths in the country to join us as we forge ahead in establishing a responsible young generation,” he said, adding that with PP, the youths are no longer leaders of tomorrow but of today.
According to the PP coordinator of PP youth movement ‘Orange Partners’ and PP deputy administrative secretary, Joseph Chikwemba, the youths have been abused because of their economic misery.
He said PP has devised policies that will enable the youths to positively contribute to the social, economic and political agenda for the country rather than only being engaged in violent acts.
“Malawi wishes to depart from the young democrats who were renowned for terrorizing UDF critics; Malawi has to completely depart from the Malawi Young Pioneers of the MCP regime; and Malawi has to depart from the DPP panga-wielding ‘Young Cadets’. Malawian youths have a meaningful and positive role to play in all state affairs,” Chikwemba said.
According to Banda, PP believes that in order to realize its vision and mission, it should rest on three cornerstones of “Unity, Equity and Development”.