Time for youth to take over power -Chibambo

President of Peoples Transformation Party (PETRA), Kamuzu Chibambo, says he is backing the calls to have the young generation assume the leadership of the country including the presidency.

Chibambo says the older generation has “terribly let down” the youth by deceiving them that they are  leaders of tomorrow.

He said time was ripe for the young generation to take over power, pointing out that youth leadership is possible.

“The older leaders tend to be intolerant; they are arrogant and too rigid. They stick to their guns even when those views are terribly wrong,” Chibambo a practising lawyer said in remarks aired on Capital FM.

Chibambo: Youth leadership to bring reforms

New direction

“Young people’s call for change of guard, to me I fully support it. But of course we also need maturity in these young people,” he added.

Chibambo said the politicians who have led the country have been cheating that they have developed Malawi beyond recognition.

“We have been cheated into thinking we are developed, this is why we saw the national flag changed last year,” he said.

The Petra president said young leaders can unite the country and stamp out nepotism which he said was taking root.

“We need the type of leadership that can bring the nation together,” he said, adding “We need new direction, we need new thinking.”

Chibambo stressed: “There is hope for young generation to provide leadership.”

Protagonists

But Maravi People’s Party president Uladi Mussa, an MP for Salima south constituency who has served as a cabinet minister during the Bakili Muluzi and Bingu wa Mutharika administrations, is of the opinion that youth “can’t just wake up and start saying we want the presidency in 2014.”

Uladi said the youth should first of all “acquire necessary experience in various fields” before making themselves available for election on political positions.

But lawyer Wapona Kita who heads the youth movement called Youth Association for Democracy (Yadema) trashed Maravi president for his old-fashioned thinking.

Kita says United States of America and United Kingdom governments are ably led by youthful leaders in their forties – Barack Obama and David Cameron respectively.

During a recent public debate at Chancellor College aired live on Zodiak radio organised by YADEMA, a call was made to the youth to take up leadership roles and relegate experienced old guards into advisory role.

Political science lecture Blessings Chinsinga observed that despite enjoying a numerical advantage, the youths in Malawi have been marginalised on the political landscape as they have been mostly used as instruments for unleashing terror on political opponents.

He then called on the youths in Malawi to be transformed into “active protagonists” in democracy.

Half of Malawi’s population is comprised of young people below 35.

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