PP’s Orange Partners engages Mangochi youths

Senior members of the Orange Partners, the youth mass organ of the People’s Party (PP), at the weekend met members of Orange Partners, Mangochi Chapter and encouraged them actively carry out party mobilization activities to ensure that they increase PP’s visibility and grow its membership base in the Lakeshore district.

Speaking during the meeting, which was held at Kampala Lodge at the Boma, Orange Partners National Coordinator, Joseph Chikwemba said the youths in Malawi have a vital role to play in complementing political leaders’ efforts to bring about meaningful social, economic and political change in Malawi.

Chikwemba: Leader of PP youth

“We are usually referred to as ‘leaders of tomorrow’ but that does not stop us from actively participating in party politics today,” Chikwemba said, adding that members of Orange Partners in Mangochi and elsewhere in the country must strive to be exemplary in the way they conduct themselves as by refraining from violence and other forms of misconduct.

He said the PP, whose founding leader is the Vice President of the Republic, Joyce Banda, appreciates the potential and skills that the youths and young adults in this country have.

It is the vision of the party that the nation’s youths must be given a platform to provide the brainpower and manpower to fuel the economy, to fill up the available skilled jobs, to renew civic life, to energize the political system and most importantly to ensure that Malawi is a safe and better nation, he said.

Chikwemba noted that most political parties do not create a conducive environment for the youths to actively take part in politics. He said it was in view of this that the Orange Partners was established to take up the challenge of mobilizing young men and women who are interested in supporting the PP and who are ready to contribute to the growth of the party through their different expertise.

Chikwemba informed the youths that the Orange Partners is a stand-alone movement within the larger party, with its own constitution, code of conduct, strategic plan and other policy documents, which every member is obliged to respect and adhere to.

The National Coordinator was flanked by a senior Orange Partners member Geoffrey Kachale, Edgar Chipalanjira, representing ‘Orange Intellectuals’ and Lemani Chapitansi, who represented the PP’s ‘Young Patriots’.

‘Orange Partners’ comprises business people, technicians, artisans and other professionals; ‘Orange Intellectuals’ comprises students of the University of Malawi and other institutions of higher learning; and ‘Young Patriots’ are the “politically active youths in urban and rural areas”, according to Chikwemba.

These groups are collectively referred to as the ‘Orange Movement’. Orange is the official colour of the People’s Party.

Joyce Banda founded the People’s Party following her unceremonious expulsion from the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of beleaguered President Bingu wa Mutharika in December 2010.

The PP was officially registered as a political party in April 2011 after a protracted legal battle, which saw the Mutharika administration vehemently opposed to its registration.

The PP youth meeting in Mangochi

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