Mzuzu Youth Association (MYA) has written Minister of sports, Youth Development and welfare Symon Vuwa Kaunda over the delayed construction of the Mzuzu Youth Centre.
Between 2006 and 2007, government through then minister of sports Jafali Musa had promised that it would construct a youth centre near Mzuzu Hotel and in the 2010- 2011 budget Parliament had approved K30 million for the project but nothing has so far happened in the ground.
In the letter to the minister copied to the principal secretary for sports and youth Development, the Director of Youth development, the Northern Region Youth Development officer, District Youth officer, Chief Executive and Member of parliament for Mzuzu city, MYA chairperson Wilfred Nyirongo and secretary general Wanangwa Banda say the delay of the centre is denying the Mzuzu youths the social-economic rights and the opportunities the project would have come with.
They say they have described the delay as a great set back to youth development in the country saying the centre would have provided a platform where young people would have shared ideas that would prepare them become responsible citizens in national development.
The two implore the sports and youth development minister to explain why the project is talking long yet parliament had allocated K30 million in 2010/2011 national budget.
Both the sports minister and principal secretary could not immedietely comment.
But District Youth officer for Mzuzu City Council, Godfrey Mpinganjira told a local radio, Radio Islam that the project has delayed because City Council’s department of town and city planning kept on changing sites for the project and could not reach a quick consensus with other relevant stake holders.
He said this prompted the treasury to withdraw the K30 million allocation.
MYA is an umbrella body of over 30 youth organization in Mzuzu city which was formed 12 years ago.