The Orange Movement, a youth wing of People’s Party, has petitioned the Ministry of Youth Development and Welfare querying how the Ministry has managed public funds that were allocated for Youth Development and Empowerment in the country.
“We are surprised that the 2011/12 National Budget also gave your Ministry… K260 million for rehabilitation of Kamuzu Stadium, K20 million for Mzuzu Youth Centre; K30 million for construction Indoor Sports Complex in Lilongwe while K30 million for rehabilitation of other sporting facilities yet very little has been done,” reads part of the petition signed by Desk Officer, Joseph Chikwemba.
The petition, a copy made available to Nyasa Times, has been directly addressed to Simon Vuwa Kaunda and demands a comprehensive report on how funds for the fiscal years 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 were utilized.
The movement challenged Vuwa to respond to the concerns saying the youths of Malawi have the right to information and are legally entitled to know why they are not benefiting from the funds that were allocated for them.
However Vuwa, who has been flushing MK100,000 at various musical shows in Mzuzu and the north where he usually gate-crushed, refused to talk to Nyasa Times claiming the online publication only wants to dent his political career.
But the Orange Movement observed that his Ministry is not bearing the desirable results despite being given sufficient resources to support the Youths of this country.
“We are aware Honorable Minister that the National Budget of 2009/2010 allocated about K2.2 Billion for Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), while the National Budget of 2010/2011, allocated about K1.7 Billion towards Youth Development and Empowerment including K800 Million allocated specifically for YEDEF.
“We are also aware Honorable Minister how your Ministry was allocated K150 Million in 2010/11 budget for Integrated Youth Development Initiative, and K150 Million for the construction of an Indoor Sports Complex in Lilongwe, K180 Million for the rehabilitation of Kamuzu Stadium, and K30 Million for the construction of Mzuzu Youth Centre,” Chikwemba, wrote.
Chikwemba also demanded an explanation on why job and business opportunities for well educated youth are only available for the youth of certain ethnic group.
“Since you are also responsible for the welfare of the youth of this country, it would be proper for you to brief us on how Robert Chasowa died. We…are looking forward to your response to these very important issues…otherwise we may conclude that the DPP government has miserably failed to improve the welfare of the youth of this country compared with previous governments,” he said.